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Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Fantina Tedim; Catarina Coimbra; André Samora-Arvela; Vittorio Leone; José Aranha; Fernando Jorge Correia; Diogo Pinto
Publication Date: 2022

The potential of spatial planning for reducing natural risks including wildfires is widely recognized. However, there are often limited connections between spatial planning and wildfire management policies. The findings regarding spatial planning’s ability to improve wildfire risk reduction come mainly from North American countries and Australia, which have different geographical and cultural characteristics from Southern European countries. This research is focused on Portugal, the most wildfire-prone country in Southern Europe, where the competencies for spatial planning lie on four geographical levels: (i) the national and regional levels, have strategic purpose and set the general goals or the agenda of principles for spatial planning; and (ii) the intermunicipal and municipal levels use regulative land-use planning instruments.

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Citation: Tedim, Fantina; Coimbra, Catarina; Samora-Arvela, André; Leone, Vittorio; Aranha, José; Correia, Fernando; Pinto, Diogo. 2022. Limitations and opportunities of spatial planning to enhance wildfire risk reduction: evidence from Portugal. Environmental Sciences Proceedings 17(1):31.

Cataloging Information

  • adaptive regulation
  • extreme wildfires
  • Portugal
  • public policy
  • spatial planning
  • wildfire management
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