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Forest fires in Southern Europe

An increase over recent years in the frequency and extent of forest fires in the Mediterranean region, has had a significant impact on soil erosion. Frequently repeated forest fires contribute to the desertification of marginal lands. EEA's report "Europe's environment - The Third Assessment" provides an overview of the effects of wildfire on the environment, in particular soil erosion.


An increase over recent years in the frequency and extent of forest fires in the Mediterranean region, has had a significant impact on soil erosion. Frequently repeated forest fires contribute to the desertification of marginal lands.

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EEA's report "Europe's environment - The Third Assessment" provides an overview of the effects of wildfire on the environment, in particular soil erosion:

Other reports:
The Dobris assessment report: Chapter 34: Forest degradation
EMEP/CORINAIR: Contribution of forest fire to greenhouse gases

Fourth ministerial conference on the protection of forests in Europe at MCPFE
Forest fire site at JRC
Where to find more forest data
 

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