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Volume 9, Issue 3


Spatial Planning Experiences for Vulnerability Reduction in the Wildland-Urban Interface in Mediterranean European Countries

Luis Galiana-Martín
  • Department of Geography, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Avenida Francisco Tomás y Valiente 1, E-28049 Madrid, Spain
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Published Online: 2017-10-07 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/euco-2017-0034


Expansion of the wildland-urban interface in countries in the European Mediterranean basin is increasing vulnerability to forest fires. Despite more effective extinction systems, this is still a growing problem. This article defends the importance of spatial planning (land-use and urban planning) and the need for systematic intervention to mitigate this wildfire risk. A critical review of the current situation, noting intervention focused on buildings and plots and insufficient action on intermediate spatial scales, is followed by the presentation of significant and relevant experiences in the European context.

Keywords: wildfire; risk; mitigation; adaptation; fire management; land use planning; urban planning; urban sprawl

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Received: 2017-01-31

Accepted: 2017-07-26

Published Online: 2017-10-07

Published in Print: 2017-09-01

Citation Information: European Countryside, Volume 9, Issue 3, Pages 577–593, ISSN (Online) 1803-8417, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/euco-2017-0034.

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