February 2019: Wildfire: Mitigating the risk

Saddleworth Moor, June 2018Indications from current climate change predictions are that wildfire incidents will occur more frequently. Policies relevant to the wildfire threat must recognise that the risk and scale of damage is affected by a complex mixture of physical and human factors, which vary in different parts of the country. The meeting will address a number of questions:

  • What is the best management that reduces the risk of damage and injury from wildfire, and:
    • Maintains moorland and heathland ecosystems in good condition?
    • Maintains the productivity of sheep and grouse?
  • Where are the gaps in our knowledge?
  • How do we improve the level of preparedness for wildfire, including:
    • Determining the role of the fire and rescue services and voluntary fire groups?
    • Do landowners and land managers need more training and support?

Guest speakers

  • Professor Rob Marrs, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool
  • Clifton Bain, Director IUCN UK Peatland Programme
  • Simon Thorp, Chairman of the England & Wales Wildfire Forum