Unmanned aerial vehicle applications for forest fire fighting and prevention, the third CILIFO event in #EUGreenWeek

08.10.2020. European Green Week (#EUGreenWeek), organised by the European Commission, will focus on nature and biodiversity this year. The Finnova Foundation, which will benefit from the INTERREG-CILIFO project, is preparing the third offshoring event to be part of a week that will act as a milestone on the way to the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

The European Commission has decided that the EU Green Week conference will take place this year in the autumn, from 20 to 22 October, with associated events taking place from 14 September to 23 October.

On Monday, 19 October 2020, from 17:00 to 19:00 (CEST), the Iberian Centre for Research and the Fight against Forest Fires (CILIFO) is holding the third official off-site event as part of #EUGreenWeek – another is planned in Córdoba – an initiative of the Finnova Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Cadiz (the entities benefiting from the CILIFO project).

The Finnova Foundation and the University of Cadiz are part of the public-private partnership which makes up the CILIFO project, 75% of which is financed by the Interreg VA Spain – Portugal – POCTEP cross-border cooperation programme (2014-2020). CILIFO acts to strengthen and unite cooperation, working procedures and training between the Forest Fire Prevention and Extinction mechanisms in the cooperation area of the Euroregion Alentejo – Algarve – Andalusia and is led by the Andalusian Regional Government.

Registration link: https://form.jotform.com/finnova/cilifo-cadiz

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The event, planned for the 21st of October in Cadiz as a semi-presential – virtual event, is a seminar on Community financial sources for projects with innovative solutions in the prevention and extinction of forest fires and the protection of biodiversity. On this occasion, the seminar will focus on the applications of unmanned aerial vehicles for the extinction and prevention of forest fires; in addition, the financial opportunities for environmental projects in the field of forest fires; the circular economy; the protection, restoration and management of biodiversity; and the promotion of innovative solutions to help mitigate and adapt to climate change will be presented. The agenda also includes the presentation of the new edition of the Firefighting StartUp Europe Accelerathon (SEUA-CILIFO) 2020.

The virtual conference will be attended by part of the CILIFO partnership, entrepreneurs, start-ups and spokespersons from public and private organisations and institutions. Being part of the European Union’s Green Week is an opportunity for the CILIFO Project and the city of Cadiz to showcase initiatives and achievements in terms of prevention and extinction in the face of possible emergencies or fires.


The aim is to meet the challenge 13 and 15 of the UN SPOs to innovate in taking urgent action to combat climate change and its effects, as well as to protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.


European Green Week 2020 is scheduled on the theme of nature and biodiversity. Following the adoption of a new EU Biodiversity Strategy for May 2030, Green Week will highlight the contribution that biodiversity can make to society and the economy and the role it can play in supporting and stimulating recovery in a post-pandemic world, generating jobs and sustainable growth. EU Green Week will examine how EU policies, such as the European Green Deal, can help protect and restore nature, leaving room for recovery and prosperity.

EUGreenWeek will also act as a milestone on the road to the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, now planned for 2021, where world leaders will adopt a 10-year action plan for biodiversity: a new global deal for people and nature.


The project “Iberian Centre for Research and Fight against Forest Fires” (CILIFO) focuses on the fight against forest fires and their consequences for the adaptation and mitigation of climate change; within a framework of cross-border cooperation for the prevention of risks and the improvement of the management of natural resources in Spain and Portugal in the area of the Euroregion Alentejo – Algarve – Andalusia. CILIFO falls under Thematic Objective 5 of the POCTEP Programme: Promoting adaptation to climate change in all sectors; and responds to the investment priority, with respect to the POCTEP Programme, 5B: Promoting investment to address specific risks and ensuring adaptation to disasters and development of disaster management systems.

With a duration of three years (2019 to 2021), it aims, through the results of its activities, to establish itself as a permanent centre for the promotion and development of training, awareness, development and innovation, and inter-regional cooperation in the fight against forest fires.

CILIFO is being developed thanks to the collaboration of a public-private partnership, led by the Andalusian Regional Government and made up of public research bodies, non-profit-making public interest entities and public administrations, all with the common objective of fighting forest fires.


FINNOVA (www.finnova.eu) is a non-profit European foundation, with headquarters in Belgium-Brussels, and offices and branches in Spain (Seville, Valencia, Tenerife, Madrid and Vitoria), whose main purpose is to seek international funding related to the transfer of new technology, modernisation, training and innovation for regional or local public administrations. Its main objective is to promote international and inter-regional cooperation through networks and events, its main fields of work being the environment, energy, climate change, innovation and improvement of the quality of life.

Beatriz Martínez Muñoz
European Projects and Communication Technique at the Finnova Foundation