Diverse knowledge informing fire policy and biodiversity conservation
2019 has been an exceptional year for the occurrence of highly devastating, catastrophic fires (like the Amazon rainforest fires), increasingly getting the media’s attention and raising debates about best mitigating strategies in a future warmer world.
Daniele Colombaroli, Jay Mistry and Alice Milner together with other international participants released a policy Brief highlighting how diverse forms of knowledge (long-term ecological data and traditional knowledge) could better support decisions on fire policy and biodiversity conservation.
This Policy Brief results from the a workshop hosted by the Geography Department and supported by PAGES, the Quaternary Research Association (QRA), and CNRS/Université de Franche-Comté. The workshop gathered 30 international participants from 15 countries to discuss ongoing challenges on biodiversity conservation and fire policy at global scale. This initiative is promoted by the Global Paleofire Working Group (https://www.gpwg.paleofire.org/), a network of researchers promoting data collection and analyses of sedimentary charcoal records from around the world.