3rd edition of the International Conference on Fire Behavior and Risk – ICFBR2022

The third edition of the International Conference on Fire Behavior and Risk – ICFBR2022 will be held in Alghero from 3 to 6 May.

The event, organized by the CNR Institute for BioEconomy (CNR IBE) and by the Department of Agriculture of the University of Sassari (UNISS), in collaboration with EARSeL (European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories) and CMCC Foundation (EuroMediterranean Center on Climate Change), represents an important meeting point for researchers, students, experts in fighting forest fires and rural, political decision makers and society on the multiple aspects related to the prevention, prediction, behavior and management of fires and their impacts.

Conference convenors, Pierpaolo Duce for CNR IBE and Donatella Spano for UNISS, will present the Conference program (https: //www.icfbr2022.it/programma/) and will introduce the institutional session which includes the greetings of the Councilor for the Defense of the Environment Gianni Lampis, of Sinda co of the city of Alghero hosting the event, Mario Conoci, and the Rector of the University of Sassari Gavino Mariotti. Giorgio Matteucci, Director of the CNR IBE, Alessandra Stefani, general director of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Renzo Motta, President of the Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology, Stefano Marsella for the Central Directorate for Prevention and the Technical Safety of the National Fire Brigade, and Giovanna Tortorella for the Managing Authority of the European program INTERREG Italy France Maritime.

The Conference will make use of the contribution of international experts of the highest scientific prestige, who will speak as keynote speakers: Prof. Marta Yebra, of the Australian National University, Dr. Alexandra Syphard, of Sage Insurance Holdings, Dr. Juli Pausas, of the Centro de Investigación sobre Desertificación of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Prof. Ana Miranda , of the University of Aveiro (Portugal), and Dr. Alan Ager of the USDA Forest Service.

During the three days of work, the results obtained in various European projects will be illustrated, the point will be made on the development of analysis and modeling tools for the assessment of fire behavior, approaches and options for sustainable forest management will be discussed and proposed in report on fire prevention, and a session will be offered to the problem of fires in the urban-rural interface.

ICFBR2022 also dedicates a special session to the scientific works of the EARSeL association, coordinated by one of the leading experts on Mediterranean fires, prof. Emilio Chuvieco, of the University of Alcalà, Spain.

The Conference is the most important communication event of the INTERREG Italy-France Maritime (2014-2020) MED-Star projects, coordinated by the General Directorate of Civil Protection of the Sardinia Region, and INTERMED, coordinated by the Collectivité de Corse.

The Conference is also sponsored by the Regions involved in the MED-Star project (Sardinia, Tuscany, Liguria, the Collectivity of Corsica, and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) as well as by MIPAAF (Ministry of Agricultural Policies, Food and Forestry), SISEF (Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology) and EURAF (European Federation of Agroforestry).

“This conference is an extraordinary opportunity for our scientific community and for stakeholders” – says Donatella Spano – “to contribute to the growth of knowledge and the development of tools to prevent and control a phenomenon that on a global level often has consequences of catastrophic proportions, with a very high social, economic and environmental impact, also as a result of the extreme conditions due to current and future climate changes. “

” The results brought to the conference “- declares Pierpaolo Duce -” derive from a set of important projects cross-border which have seen for the Mediterranean area the involvement and comparison not only of researchers but also of operators and of all levels of territorial governance, with the aim of contributing together to improve the current management models and make the territories more resistant and resilient to fires”

The event is attended, in presence and in live streaming, by over 300 researchers and experts in the sector, from sixteen European countries, including France, Greece, Portugal and Spain, in addition to Italy, and 9 Non-European countries (North Africa, USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Russia and the Middle East) united by the phenomenon of forest fires and the struggle the risks of climate change.

MED-Star is a strategic project funded under the Italy-France Maritime 2014-2020 cross-border cooperation program and aimed at the prevention, forecasting and joint management of risks deriving from fires. The project involves sixteen different partners between public bodies and research institutions from different territories: Sardinia; Corsica; Liguria; Tuscany; Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region (PACA).

INTERMED is a simple project, funded under the Italy-France Maritime Cross-border Cooperation Program 2014-2020, with the aim of reducing the vulnerability to fires in the areas of urban-rural interface, that is the areas where infrastructures or human activities are in contact with wooded areas.

The venue for those who will attend is the Hotel Carlos V at the Lungomare Valencia in Alghero. For more information https://www.icfbr2022.it/

Final conference of the Sheep To Ship LIFE project

The final event will be held on June 10th with a Zoom conference of the Sheep To Ship LIFE project. The event, which will start at 09.30, is totally free and a simultaneous translation service will be provided in Italian and English.

Press release

The SheepToShip Life project comes to an end after five years of work.
The precise and ambitious goal has been achieved: to demonstrate how dairy sheep farming can be more sustainable from a climate and environmental point of view and, at the same time, more efficient and profitable.
In spite of the collective imagination linked to idyllic landscapes made of sheep, green pastures and blue skies, the project has quantified how, in reality, the sheep dairy sector of Sardinia, with about 3 million head and over 10 thousand active companies , contributes over 5% of the greenhouse gas emissions of Italian agriculture. On the other hand, the margins for improvement highlighted by the project are wide, thanks to specific actions to mitigate climate change, especially if accompanied by the enhancement of the important eco-systemic services offered, to which Sardinian sheep farms are structurally suited.
It starts with a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in ten years and, on a regional scale, systematizing the eco-innovation strategies set out in the Environmental Action Plan developed by SheepToShip LIFE, the climate neutrality of sheep systems Sardinia could be easily reached by 2050.
The project, carried out in the period 2016-2021 thanks to funding from the “Climate Action” sub-program of the LIFE program “Environment and climate change” of the European Union, was coordinated by the CNR IBE of Sassari and saw the participation of the University of Sassari, with the Departments of Agriculture and Economic and Business Sciences, the Agris and Laore regional agencies, and the Department of Environmental Defense of the Sardinia Region.
The reflections on the legacy that the project leaves to the Sardinia Region and the Mediterranean sheep sector, more generally, will be discussed next Thursday 10 June in the final event entitled “Sheep may safely graze, and they can help us in the challenge of climatic change”. The conference, of a popular nature, will be accessible online at the link https://zoom.us/j/97241413137 and will allow to deepen, with both national and European industry experts, the role and opportunities that the sheep sector can play and seize in the framework of the next National Strategic Program for Rural Development and within the European strategy “From Farm to Fork” .

IX International Symposium “The Mediterranean Coastal Monitoring: Problems and Measurement Techniques”

The Institute for Bioeconomy of the National Research Council (CNR-IBE) in collaboration with the Foundation for Climate and Sustainability organizes the International SymposiumThe Mediterranean Coastal Monitoring: Problems and Measurement Techniques” to be held in Livorno in the second half of June 2022 at theNatural History Museum of the Mediterranean.
The event, now in its ninth edition, is addressed, every two years, to all scholars of the coastal areas of the coastal towns. In particular, as in previous editions, it is proposed as a place to make known the research work carried out in recent years on the theme of Mediterranean monitoring, and therefore an opportunity to present new proposals and promote actions in favor of the protection of marine and coastal environment.

The Symposium will focus on the discussion of issues related to the coastal areas of the Mediterranean and the search for technical and instrumental solutions to problems relating to energy production in the coastal area, to the morphology and evolution of the coastline, to the flora and fauna of the coastal system. , the legal and economic aspects, the management of integrated coastal protection, the geography and architecture of the coastal strip, the safeguarding and protection of cultural heritage.
The event will be divided into the following sessions:


Further information is available on the website by clicking on the following link

The Reuters Hot List: Dr. Marco Moriondo IBE on the top list of the 1000 world scientists on climate change

Reuters, one of the largest and most famous news agencies in the world, has released the list of the 1000 most important and influential climate scientists decisive for the “challenge to global warming”.
This list sees a majority presence of the best European minds within which we find as many as 20 Italian excellences. Ibe is proud of its presence within these excellences thanks to the studies and work carried out by Dr. Marco Moriondo.

the Republica newspaper pays tribute to all of them with a nice article published on their web page.

“Above all, Europe is leading with hundreds of brilliant minds the difficult fight against the greatest challenge of our times and of the future, the one against the advancing climate crisis. A Europe in which there is also a great recognition for Italy, which has about twenty “influential” scientists among the first thousand in the world, among which Massimo Tavoni is in first place among those who work and do research in Italy. Tavoni, professor of Climate Change Economics at the Politecnico di Milano, director of EIEE (RFF-CMCC) European Institute on Economics and the Environment and signature of Green & Blue with the column “A country under the microscope”. [continue reading on the Republica webpage…..]

Share the beans: a Citizen Science experiment

Science is not limited to scientists. Everyone can be involved.
Public participation in scientific research is becoming increasingly crucial to increasing everyone’s understanding of science and its benefits to society. More importantly, it advances scientific research itself. … And, likewise, plays a crucial role in INCREASE. Here, we study all the beans! The Citizen Science Experiment, conducted as part of the project, invites all interested citizens to voluntarily contribute and test an innovative decentralized approach to the conservation, multiplication and sharing of seeds in order to preserve agro-biodiversity.
All you need is a field, garden, terrace or balcony.