05.06.2020. World Environment Day is the most important date in the official United Nations calendar for promoting environmental action. “Since 1974, 5 June has become a global public platform that brings together governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens around a pressing environmental issue,” according to the Wold Environment Day website.

The Iberian Centre for Research and Fight against Forest Fires (CILIFO) joins the celebration of this day that this year revolves around biodiversity – a matter of both urgent and existential concern.

“Recent events, such as the unprecedented forest fires in Brazil, California and Australia, the locust invasion in the Horn of Africa and now the COVID-19 pandemic, demonstrate the inextricable relationship between humans and the networks of life in which we live. Nature is sending us a message” (Wold Environment Day).

The CILIFO project 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.

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

About World Environment Day: World Environment Day is, above all, a global platform to inspire positive change, and is based on the precept that global change requires a global community. The Day encourages people to think about how they consume; businesses to develop greener models; farmers and manufacturers to produce more sustainably; governments to safeguard wilderness; educators to inspire students to live in harmony with the Earth; and young people to become bold stewards of a green future. It requires all of us (Wold Environment Day).

The Host: Each year a different host country hosts the official celebrations of World Environment Day. The host for 2020 is Colombia, with the support of Germany (Wold Enviroment Day)v

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Contact: Beatriz Martinez (EU Project Manager at Fundación Finnova)