Task 4 - Integration and case study application

Duration: 24 months

Start date: March 19th 2020

Person * months: 41

Researchers involved: Adrian Pascual Arranz; 4 masters to be hired; Américo Mendes; Brigite Botequim; José Borges; Liliana Ferreira; Marlene Marques; Miguel Sottomayor; Pedro Ochôa ; Susete Marques; Vladimir Bushenkov.

This task aim at engaging forest owners and stakeholders (FOS) in this research, at promoting the use of tools to integrate wildfire and forest management activities and at providing a negotiation setting that may facilitate the acceptance of results from the application of these tools. It will be structured into three sub-tasks:

4.1 Forest owners and stakeholders’ engagement

This sub-task will evolve a plan for FOS engagement to facilitate the acceptance of the project results and build confidence on its usefulness, by ensuring that the project may produce results that are relevant for all. It will encompass the implementation of the RIU (Research-Integration-Utilization) model of scientific knowledge transference. Specifically, Tasks 1, 2 and 3 will produce the scientific research knowledge of the first component of the RIU. Researchers and FOS will collaborate closely, exchanging information and exploring the multiple criteria approaches to integrate wildfire behavior models in forest management planning, to develop the second component of the RIU model (integration). The implementation of the RIU model will include focus group meetings and a participatory process involving FOS workshops. The results from these participatory processes will provide input back to tasks 1, 2 and 3. This will be influential to strengthen the commitment of stakeholders and increase the likelihood of widespread implementation of collaborative findings.

4.2 Negotiation of landscape-level objectives

This sub- task will entail the development and application of negotiation techniques to address trade offs between a) wildfire protection levels and the provision of other ecosystem services, and conflicts b) between forest owners and stakeholders with different opinions and priorities. The emphasis will be on providing trade-off information that support FOS negotiate a consensus that may better reflect their joint preferences regarding landscape-level objectives, to reach a consensus and to facilitate the acceptance of plans produced using the project’s multiple criteria approach to integrate wildfires risk in forest ecosystem management planning. It will be implemented by discussions in focus group meetings and through a participatory process involving FOS workshops. The results from these participatory processes will provide input back to tasks 1, 2 and 3.

4.3 Dissemination and utilization of research results

It addresses the third component of RIU: utilization. To support this sub-task the project findings will be available in a web platform as well as handy flyers for those who not use new technologies. FOS will be provided with robust tools to develop joint landscape- level wildfire prevention plans as well as policies targeting wildfire protection. The dissemination aims at guaranteeing that the project research findings do reach national forest owners, stakeholders and policymakers and at promoting wider use of project results. This will be supported by a final workshop with national, regional and local FOS. Task 4 will be transversal to all other tasks, and will run through all the project duration. It will organize three workshops and focus group meetings for project results discussion, integration and dissemination. It will develop a web platform and flyers to disseminate further project findings.