Greenhouse gas emissions risk management in forest fires.

Gestión del riesgo de emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero en incendios forestales.

Gestion des risques liés aux émissions de gaz à effet lors des incendies de forêt.

Gestão do risco de emissões de gases com efeito de estufa em incêndios florestais.

Interreg Sudoe REMAS

The different components of the forest systems, in particular the plants of the different vegetal strata and the soil, can fix significant amounts of carbon through different processes. However, after a forest fire, the ecosystem releases the carbon previously fixed from the atmosphere.

REMAS (2019-2022) is an Interreg Sudoe project that provides solutions based on scientific analysis to identify critical areas with a higher risk of emissions in order to focus the prevention, management, extinction and restoration efforts.

REMAS is working on transfering its knowledge to other competent authorities in risk prevention and management and to forest owners through technical training.

REMAS will capitalise its results in medium-long-term strategies of the EU and each country of the consortium in terms of adaptation to climate change, forests and carbon management, integrated into regional strategies to improve governance in the planning and management of the renewable natural resources.

The REMAS project comes under Axis 4 «Combating climate change», Objective 5b1 «Improving the coordination and effectiveness of instruments for prevention, disaster management and rehabilitation of disaster areas» and receives ERDF support of €1.35 million.


  1. To quantify the carbon emission risk, contained in forest ecosystems, into the atmosphere by forest fires. 

  2. To propose emissions prevention measures and improve the capacity of ecosystems to store carbon after a fire. 
  3. To include CO2 emission risk in planning strategies and fire prevention plans at the transnational level.

Study areas

REMAS_Entidades socias
Technical meeting in Orea (Guadalajara)


The REMAS results are framed in the following working package and activities:

WP1: Estimation of the risk GHG emissions from an integrated soil-vegetation system due to forest fires. 

A1.1 Vulnerable Forest Ecosystems.
A1.2 Quantification of vulnerable and burned areas, severity and post-fire.
A1.3 Definition of the model and indicators.
A1.4 Model Validations

WP2: Pilot areas in cross-border cooperation

A2.1 Parcel selection.
A2.2 Stock estimation; application of the model to scenarios.
A2.3 Collection of good practices.
A2.4 Application of restoration measures.
A2.5 Analysis of carbon variation over time.

WP3: Development of GHG emission prevention and risk management guidelines

A3.1 Collection and analysis of good practices.
A3.2 Creation and implementation of a joint working group with administrations and entities.
A3.3 Development of a strategy for the inclusion of emission prevention and risk management.

WP4: Capitalization and transfer

A4.1 Training of technicians and competent authorities.
A4.2 Establishment of a platform for emission risk management with authorities.
A4.3. Creation of a transnational working committee on risk prevention and management.


Greenhouse gas emission risk estimation methodology

Greenhouse gas emission risk estimation methodology


Technical and scientific publications

Technical and scientific publications

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Action protocol to minimise GHG emissions

Action protocol to minimise GHG emissions

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Transnational action plan for the inclusion of emission risk in planning ans sustainable forest management strategies in the participating regions.

Transnational action plan for the inclusion of emission risk

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Training of technical staff and competent authorities in prevention and management and emission risk reduction.

Training of technical staff and competent authorities

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Establishment of a platform for emission risk management with authorities

Platform for emission risk management

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Soil samples. Author: INIA-CSIC


This has been the REMAS timeline:

The REMAS project is co-financed by the Interreg Sudoe REMAS through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)