This is the 17th issue of the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) annual report on forest fires for the year 2016. This report is consolidated as documentation of the previous year's forest fires in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. In its different sections, the report includes information on the evolution of fire danger in the European and Mediterranean regions, the damage caused by fires and detailed description of the fire conditions during the 2016 fire campaign in the majority of countries in the EFFIS network. The chapter on national reporting gives an overview of the efforts undertaken at national and regional levels, and provides inspiration for countries exposed to forest fire risk.
The preparation and publication of the report aims also at improving cooperation with the members of the Expert Group on Forest Fires (EGFF) especially with regard to fire prevention actions. The common aim of the EGFF is to maintain and protect landscapes and natural heritage, to avoid loss of human lives and to minimise the damage caused to property by uncontrolled forest fires.
This publication is a Science for Policy report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service.