Spatial ecology in a changing world


Nature-based solutions for preventive fire management and sustained supply of ecosystem services

The FirESmart project aims to reduce fire damage while ensuring biodiversity protection and the delivery of ecosystem services, by integrating both ecological and socioeconomic dimensions of the wildfire problem under a socio-ecological narrative and framework.

In two complementary pilot tests, fire-landscape modelling will be developed to simulate the fire-vegetation and landscape dynamics in rural socioecological systems under climate change and fire management scenarios: Transboundary Biosphere Reserves Gerês-Xurés (TB-GX) and Meseta Ibérica (MI) – two mountain rural areas between Portugal and Spain, largely affected by wildfires and rural exodus but with different landscape configurations, fire regime and vegetation dynamics.

The project will be implemented at a transboundary system, including transnational collaborations.


March 2019 – February 2022

Project Partners:

  • Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia
  • Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (IPB)
  • Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
  • Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD)