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News article22 November 2021Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)1 min read

Forest fires: Commissioner Lenarčič in Greece for EU civil protection workshop

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Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, is today joining former Commissioner and current Minister for the Climate Crisis and Civil Protection of Greece, Christos Stylianides, for the opening session of the ‘European Civil Protection Mechanism Lessons Learned' workshop on forest fires.

The 2-day event is taking place in Athens and will cover prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

“Today, Europe faces many significant disaster threats and cooperation is key to address them. By taking a joint-approach to disaster risk management, all European countries can be prepared for future possible hazards. Our discussions will be an important step to address emerging forest fire risks. It will help with our forward planning for future wildfire threats, both for the 2022 forest fire season and for those to come,” said Commissioner Lenarčič.

The 2021 forest fire season saw one of the largest EU Civil Protection Mechanism deployment in Europe in the last 10 years, as well as one of the largest ever number of simultaneous activations for forest fires.

In a world already affected by climate change, the 2021 summer offers a glimpse into what future summers might be like.

This timely lessons learned event, organised jointly with Greek Civil Protection Authorities, will takes stock of the 2021 forest fire season and feed into preparations of the forest fire season of 2022.

Picture: GCSP


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