09.10.2020. Next Wednesday, September 21, 2020, from 11:00h to 13:00h (CEST), the Iberian Centre for Research and the Fight against Forest Fires (CILIFO) will hold the fourth and last official delocalised event within the framework of #EUGreenWeek, and #RegionsWeek, an initiative of the Finnova Foundation, an entity that will benefit from the INTERREG-CILIFO Project, in collaboration with the University of Cordoba (the project’s beneficiary entity) and the Provincial Council of Cordoba.
The European Week of Regions and Cities (#EURegionsWeek) is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement EU cohesion policy and demonstrate the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.
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 event, planned for 19 October in Cordoba as a semi-virtual event, is a seminar on community financial sources for projects with innovative solutions in prevention, extinction of forest fires and protection of biodiversity. During the seminar, financial opportunities will be presented for environmental projects in the field of forest fires, circular economy, protection, restoration and management of biodiversity and promoting innovative solutions to help mitigate and adapt to climate change. The CILIFO Centre will be presented as a case of good practice and the agenda includes the presentation of the new edition of the Firefighting Startup Europe Awards (SEUA) 2020.
Registration link: https://form.jotform.com/finnova/cilifo-cordoba
Part of the CILIFO partnership, entrepreneurs, start-ups and spokespersons for public and private organisations and institutions will attend the virtual conference. Being part of the European Union’s Green Week is an opportunity for the CILIFO Project and the city of Cordoba to showcase initiatives and achievements in terms of prevention and extinction in the face of possible emergencies or fires.
The Finnova Foundation is part of the public-private partnership that makes up the CILIFO project, 75% of which is financed by the Interreg VA Spain – Portugal – POCTEP (2014-2020) cross-border cooperation programme. 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.
COMMON CHALLENGES – SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES (SDS)
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.
THE CILIFO PROJECT
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 is part of 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 developing disaster management systems.
With a duration of three years (2019 to 2021), it aims, through the results of its activities, to become 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