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Preventative forestry

Authors: University of Aveiro (in collaboration with: Escola Superior Agrária de Coimbra, University of Wales Swansea)



Preventive Forestry is composed by a set of measures applied to forest stands, shrubs and other spontaneous species to protect forest against fires. These measures deal with forest stands composition, structure and location, aiming to reduce fire risk and to increase vegetation resilience to fire.

Primary Strip Network System for Fuel Management: mitigation strip © UA, 2009



  • Promote non-continuous strips to combat fire spread;
  • Forest stands/ vegetation cleaning;
  • Settlements/ stands division;
  • Maintenance of infrastructures.

Conservation measure: structural

Intervention: reducing the fire risk

Type of land use: forest and agroforestry




Informal discussions with local stakeholders. © UA, 2009 Implementation of the Primary Strip Network System for Fuel Management. © UA, 2009 Field work. © UA, 2009


Primary Strip Network System for Fuel Management: Mação Municipality
Interval (km) 150 Urban area and water masses (ha) 70
Internal area (ha) 1875 Agriculture (ha) 236
Shared with other municipalities (km) 14 Forest (ha) 833
Shared area (ha) 175 Shrubs and degraded forest area (ha) 824
Total area (ha) 1963


Main results and analyses

  • reduction of the fuel load;
  • reinforcement of the forest path system;
  • increase of the landscape resilience.

Monitoring, installation of:

  • small flume;
  • water level recorders;
  • meteorological station;
  • rainfall gauge network.
Field work. © UA, 2009


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