CILIFO will participate in the United Nations Climate Change Conference

03.12.2019. The CILIFO project, financed by the ERDF funds through the Interreg VA Spain-Portugal POCTEP cross-border cooperation program (2014-2020), will participate, represented by the main beneficiary (Junta de Andalucía, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development) and the Finnova Foundation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

On the occasion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference ( and within the framework of the CILIFO project, the Finnova Foundation will organize in Madrid on December 11 from 15:00 to 16:30 at the IFEMA’s Mare Nostrum Space (Av. Capital de España, 7, 28042, Madrid, Spain) a round table entitled “Cooperation and governance for innovation in prevention, firefighting and restoration of burned spaces”.

The CILIFO project will be presented at this round table, as a case study regarding the need for international partnership methodologies. CILIFO is a pilot project for cross-border cooperation between Spain and Portugal in the EU. With a budget of 25 million euros, it is the project with a largest budget in the field of fires financed by the INTERREG VA Spain-Portugal POCTEP cross-border cooperation program (2014-2020). CILIFO is a center for promoting, training and cooperating in the innovation when preventing and fighting forest fires. Latin America is a region that suffers from dramatic forest fires in the Amazon, so Chile, as a country affected by the scourge of fires will share its experiences with its mayors and business representatives.

The COP25 will host the official launch of the Firefighting Open Innovation Lab, an accelerator-incubator of business innovations ―startups, scaleups― in the fight against forest fires and the mitigation and adaptation to climate change. The Firefighting Open Innovation Lab is an accelerator managed by the Finnova Foundation, based in Seville and with the aim of promoting a network of incubators ―in a public-private partnership― at a global level for fighting forest fires and mitigating and adapting to climate change. In addition, the European Union’s financial tools for innovation and fire-fighting, such as Horizon Europe and the LIFE programs, will be discussed.

The closing ceremony will be carried out by a representative of the Startup Europe Awards (SEUA), and the Firefighting Cop25 Global Awards will be launched, in the framework of the SEUA ( ―Open Innovation methodology within the European Commission’s Startup Europe. This call will identify disruptive innovations and is managed by the Belgian entity Startup Europe Accelerator.

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