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.

RESULTS: Products


Greenhouse gas emission risk estimation methodolgy

GHG emission risk estimation methodolgy

P1.1 is the basis for defining priority areas for forest management. This product contributes to the specific objective of developing an interactive GHG emission risk model of the different carbon sinks of forest ecosystems according to climate change scenarios.
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Technical and scientific publications

Technical and scientific publications

P1.2 contributes to communicate the knowledge acquired in order to lay the foundations for the advantages of adopting the REMAS model within the strategies for preventing and managing the risk of emissions from forest fires, including the methodology for validating the model, as well as the main conclusions obtained..
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Action protocol to minimise GHG emissions

Action protocol to minimise GHG emissions

P2.1 consists of establishing an action protocol to minimize GHG emissions by improving the sustainable forest management of burned areas and mitigating the degradation of carbon sinks.
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Transnational action plan for the inclusion of emission risk in planning and sustainable forest management strategies in the participating regions

Transnational action plan

P3.1 considers the existing risk of emissions and carbon stocks in the different regions, determining the most vulnerable and preferential areas to be included in the territorial management measures, incorporating measures to safeguard and increase carbon reservoirs.n
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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

The training courses allow the transfer and capitalisation of the products obtained in other working groups, such as the methodology for estimating the risk of GHG emissions, as well as the action protocol for minimising GHG emissions in disaster areas and increasing the carbon sequestration and fixation capacity of damaged ecosystems.
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Establishment of a platform for emission risk management with authorities

Establishment of a platform

The platform allows for improved coordination between key actors, bringing together the results and synergies obtained in REMAS in the same interactive and knowledge-sharing space.
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Memorandum of Understanding for the inclusion of Emissions Risk in Sustainable Forest Management and Planning Instruments

Memorandum of Understanding

In order to improve the coordination and effectiveness of emission risk prevention and management plans with measures to safeguard and increase carbon stocks, it is essential that the involvement of authorities with legal capacity to act is reflected in a document that reflects their willingness to include emission risk in forest planning and management instruments.
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RESULTS: Deliverables

D 1.1.1

Database on Vulnerable Forest Ecosystems

Vulnerable Forest Ecosystem Database

Soil, vegetation and satellite image inventory data are included in a database for use in the REMAS activities. Access to the metadata is made available to other researchers.
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D 1.1.2

Emission risk mapping

Emission Risk Cartography

The resulting maps are homogenised for consultation and used by all interested parties in accordance with the INSPIRE Directive on spatial data, which is applied by the administrations using the project results.
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D 2.5.1

Good practices for carbon sequestration and restoration in biomass and soils on damaged ecosystems

Good practices for carbon sequestration and restoration

The guide compiles the action protocols for the reduction of the risk of emissions in post-fire management, with a technical, clear and common language for users, as a basic document to improve the management of burnt areas
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D 3.1.1

Good practice guidelines for mitigating the risk of GHG emissions from forest fires

Good practice guidelines for mitigating the risk of GHG emissions

This guide compiles best practices for the inclusion of GHG emission risk in the hierarchical planning (strategic, tactical and operational) in forest fire prevention and management plans
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D 3.3.1

Emission risk prevention and management guidelines

Emission risk prevention and management guidelines

It details the guidelines to be taken at regional and transnational level for the consideration of emission risk in forest fire planning and management plans.
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D 4.1.1

Training seminars and model workshops on emission risk prevention and management

Training seminars and model workshops

Report prepared after the training actions including the organisation and dissemination of the course, trainers and participants, including the results of the evaluation questionnaires at technical and practical level.
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This has been the REMAS timeline:

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