What is it about?

Little is known on the links between the spatial allocation of RDP subsidies, relevant for wildfires prevention, and the spatial distribution of fire activity. Our study aims to fill this knowledge gap through an exploratory analysis carried out in Italy and based on fire activity indicators of the period 2007–2017, RDP expenditure at municipal level in the period 2017–2013, and a series of ancillary indicators.

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Why is it important?

The European Union Rural Development Program (RDP) is a major driver of landscape change over time in Europe. In a context of climate and land use changes and consequent fire risk exacerbation, understanding the possible contribution of RDP measures to wildfire risk mitigation could help planning subsidies allocation criteria in a more efficient way for fire prevention.

Perspectives

We claim the need for a deeper integration of territorial planning information within the RDP funding allocation criteria. Also, integrating RDP indirect prevention measures within fire management plans would be a cost-effective approach to leverage the impact of public policies on wildfire risk management, by allocating the limited financial resources to high-risk areas.

Piermaria Corona
CREA Research Centre for Forestry and Wood

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This page is a summary of: Rural development funding and wildfire prevention: Evidences of spatial mismatches with fire activity, Land Use Policy, June 2022, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2022.106079.
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