Andalucía And Portugal Collaborate In Project To Fight Forest Fires

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Andalucía And Portugal Collaborate In Project To Fight Forest Fires
Andalucía And Portugal Collaborate In Project To Fight Forest Fires. image: juntadeandalucia

ANDALUCÍA And Portugal Collaborate In €5.6m Project To Fight Forest Fires on both sides of the border

The Governing Council has been informed that the Firepoctep project, led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development, has been approved by the Interreg VA Spain-Portugal Management Committee.

With a budget of €5.6m (£4.8m), the project which will run through 2021 and 2022 will be financed 75 per cent by Feder funds, along with another 20 partners from both countries, and is designed to strengthen the prevention and extinction systems used to fight forest fires in Spain and Portugal.

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Firepoctep’s objective is to combine the knowledge and resources of fire fighting forces on each side of the border, both of which are prone to forest fires, being heavily wooded areas, and as fires know no borders, many times they have burned across the territories of the Spanish-Portuguese border

Similar schemes, which Firepoctep intends to take advantage of by gaining information from, are already in place with the Iberian Center for Research and Fight Against Forest Fires (Cilifo), who have experience in fighting fires in the Alentejo-Algarve-Andalucía Euroregion, as well as regional agreements signed by authorities in Extremadura and Alentejo, Castilla y León-Centro de Portugal or Galicia and the North of Portugal.

Such a project with combined resources is of benefit to the forestry sector and helps comply with objectives laid down by the European Union to help support rural development and promote the provision of goods and services in a manner consistent with key environmental policies, environment, and climate.


It also helps to improve the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism aimed at providing adequate prevention and preparation actions, ensuring that there are sufficient capacities to face possible catastrophes, as reported by juntadeandalucia.es.

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Chris was born in a small village in Wales, where he ran his own successful construction company for many years, before deciding in 1990, to swap the grey skies and rain for the sunshine and lifestyle of the Costa del Sol. Late last year he made the move to Southern Portugal, and is now residing on the Algarve. Having sung and played in a rock band back in Wales, he still likes to go out and entertain in his spare time, singing in restaurants and golf clubs. Interests are of course music, especially from the 60s and 70s, movies, nice restaurants, and he has a passion for graphic design and online marketing.

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