According to figures from the EFFIS (The European Forest Fire Information System) at least 16 EU countries have experienced more wildfires than usual for this time of year. During the past month in Sweden, more than 80 fires across 260 square kilometres spread through the thick, normally humid northern forests while several other European countries are experiencing unprecedented wildfires, with fears that the recent wildfires in Greece will result in a death toll of more than 100 people.
In light of these alarming figures, there is no question that Europe is in need of more comprehensive and innovative solutions to respond to forest fires. This is where the DRIVER+ Trial #2 comes into play. This Trial is set to take place between 22 and 26 October in France, at the premises of Entente pour la Protection de La Forêt Méditerranéenne (VALABRE), a governmental organisation dedicated to the protection of the forest and the environment against fires. This organisation coordinates the efforts of the 21 departments most affected by forest fires of the South of France. During the Trial, four innovative solutions will be assessed in a scenario simulating a large forest fire blazing in a cross-border Mediterranean environment and threatening wildland urban interfaces.
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