Why Now Is The Time To Focus On Wildfire Prevention And Restoration

By Jamie Hailstone
September 13, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: International

The 2023 wildfire season has sadly proved to be a record-breaker, including the largest ever-recorded in the European Union. According to the latest data from the EU’s Joint Research Centre, wildfires on the continent this year emitted some 20 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, with 468,289 hectares burnt in Europe. Although this is down from the 748,426 hectares burnt in 2022, the latest data from the JRC notes how the wildfires this summer had an exceptional impact in terms of how they affected tourist areas, hitting local economies hard. The question now is what can be done to lessen the impact of future wildfire seasons, and whether much more should be in terms of reforestation and prevention. One organization leading this charge is the search engine Ecosia, which recently announced it will invest €800,000 into wildfire prevention and restoration schemes.

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