Intervention on the occasion of recent wildfires

by Stergios Diamantopoulos / Forester - Environmentalist


Every year we have wildfires in our country and beyond. Climate change plays its role with the intensification of such phenomena that are taking on a new dimension (megafire) in our lives and in our daily lives. The south of Europe is most affected and for this reason it must be organized in the long run and in the long run for an unequal battle with the flames and their effects.


Wildfires have been and will continue to be even more intense and impactful in the future.

But let's see why we have fires. I have read recently and in the past that fires are due to arson, negligence, unknown reasons, PPC cables, natural causes and a host of other simplistic reasons, and we hide the deeper causes that cause them.


Some of these reasons are: a) Lack of registration of forests and forests in the country with the drafting and ratification of Forest Maps; and in many cases the complete absence of preventive firefighting policy; (d) ineffective and spasmodic guarding of our forests; as an indifference to our natural wealth and g) lack of appropriate equipment.


Wildfires require planning and organization on three levels:


  • The first and foremost level, in my opinion, is that of prevention and it concerns the Forest Service, the First Degree TABs and the voluntary groups of civil society.
  • The second and most important level is that of repression and mainly concerns the Fire Service and A and B Grades as well as volunteers.
  • The third and equally important level is that of the protection and restoration of burnt areas and concerns the central administration and the Forest Service in particular.


All three levels require a concrete plan (National, Regional, local), human and financial resources and above all coordination at all levels.


Conditions in our country are unforeseen and always demanding after major disasters. As always today, the speculative, populist and grandiose proclamations remind the “natives” that the fairy tale of promises holds well.


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