Report sheds light on failings of fire prevention mechanism

Author

Giorgos Lialios

Source(s)
Kathimerini

Sounding the alarm after last year’s devastating fire season, a new report by WWF Greece points to a series of failings in the management of wildfire prevention funds and the need for better oversight. 

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It also found that just under 50% of funding available for fire prevention at the local level via the EU’s National Strategic Reference Framework (ESPA in Greek) was absorbed during that period, as well as evidence of poor reporting on how funding was used. 

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“We do not have an exact estimate at the national level of the resources poured into prevention and fire-fighting and this obviously creates problems in planning and in evaluating the system,” said Elias Tziritis, from WWF’s Nature Policy Department.

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