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Fire in Protected Areas - the Effect of Protection and Importance of Fire Management

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Author(s): Paulo Pereira | Pranas Mierauskas | Xavier Ubeda | Jorge Mataix-Solera | Artemi Cerda

Journal: Environmental Research, Engineering and Management
ISSN 1392-1649

Volume: 59;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 52;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Fire | disturbance | protected areas | habitat management | conservation policy

ABSTRACT
Fires are important but socially and economically unwanted disturbances of the ecosystems. They cannot be considered as a problem, they are global phenomena. Protected areas are created to protect biodiversity, and strict protection is often applied, forgetting that fire had shaped that that we aim to protect. This harsh protection is producing important changes in the protected habitats and is increasing their vulnerability to destructive wildfires. Thus, it is of major interest to incorporate fire management in the protected areas plan, including the (re)use of prescribed fire and traditional burning in order to reintroduce fire regimens, fundamental to the landscape sustainability. This incorporation represents an enormous step in the habitats sustainability. Policies should be more focused on fire prevention than on its suppression.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.erem.59.1.856
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