The project is designed to ensure high-level preparedness, boost closer cooperation and exchange of know-how and best practices in the field of forest fire (FF) prevention and management by the specialized national and educational institutions of Bulgaria and Serbia. This will be achieved by joint development and synchronized application of specific requirements, maps, procedures and trainings that enhance the coordination and management of collective reactions in emergency situations in the cross-border (CB) area.
The project encompasses joint classroom and on-field trainings of CB teams based on a unified methodology. They will elevate the level of preparedness of engaged students, professionals and officials from both countries to empower the joint implementation of integrated procedures for management of FF on a CB level. The procurement of specialized equipment (for practical use) and software (for lab simulations) is set to trigger enhanced CB cooperation as it implies interdependency of shared expertise. Planned to provide complementary knowledge across the borders, the activities contribute to the establishment of long-term foundations for continuous cooperation between the state authorities and educational institutions from both countries. This warrants superior protection of the CB area and its population and fosters intense relations in the area of fire safety and civil protection on cross-national and Balkan level.
GIS project "Forest fire hazard maps for two pilot areas: Bosilegrad municipality (Serbia) and Treklyano municipality (Bulgaria)" was delivered under project CB007.1.31.126 “Joint Training Programme for Forest Fire Prevention and Management”. The project is avaliable on the following link: http://ipacbc-bgrs-forest-fire-hazard-map.eu/. Additonally, on the Documentation section on the above web page (upper right corner) Study document in .pdf format accompaying the GIS project is provided.