> THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PASTURING AND FOREST FIRES
The National Plan to Protect Forests from Fires (NPPFF), structuring plan for the defence of our forest against fires which was approved in 2006 has 5 strategic action axes. The 2nd strategic axis, named “Reduce the incidence of fires”, includes 2 objectives. The second objective - “Improving insight into the causes of fires and their motivations” – is where the research project “The relationship between pasturing and forest fires” is included.
The study was financed by the Direcção Geral dos Recursos Florestais (now Autoridade Florestal Nacional), being coordinated by the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD). UTAD asked NÚMENA to produce a sociological characterization of pasturing. The coordination was made by José Maria Pereira Coutinho, researcher at NÚMENA and the fieldwork was made by Eduardo d’Orey (FCSH – UNL) during August and September of 2008. The technique used was the interviews to shepherds, entities, populations and other people (hotel and business).