16.09.2020. This year, 35 years of the Vienna Convention and the 35 years of global protection of the ozone layer are celebrated. “Life on Earth would not be possible without sunlight. But the energy emanating from the sun would be too much for life on Earth to thrive if it weren’t for the ozone layer. This stratospheric layer protects Earth from most of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation. Sunlight makes life possible, but the ozone layer makes life as we know it possible,” according to the United Nations website..
The project “Iberian Center for Forest Fire Research and Fight” (CILIFO) and its accelerator/incubator, Firefighting Open Innovation Lab – CILIFO, support and celebrate the International Dayfor the Preservation of the Ozone Layer as it focuses on the fight against forest firesand their consequences for the adaptation and mitigation of climate change; within a framework of cross-border cooperation for risk prevention and improvement of the management of natural resources in Spain and Portugal in the area of the Alentejo – Algarve – Andalusia Euroregion.
In addition, CILIFO is part of POCTEP Thematic Goal 5: Promoting adaptation to climate change in all sectors; and response to investment priority over the POCTEP Programme, 5B: Promoting investment to address specific risks and ensuring adaptation to disasters and the development of disaster management systems.
In this year of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought with it so many social and economic difficulties, the message of treaties to save the ozone layer from working together and in harmony for the common good resonates more than ever and becomes a fundamental message these days. “The theme of the day, “Ozone for Life,” recalls that ozone is not only crucial for life on Earth, but we must continue to protect the ozone layer for future generations,” as set out on the website of the United Nations International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer.
For more information on International Ozone Layer Preservation Day: https://www.un.org/es/observances/ozone-day
Contact: Beatriz Martínez (EU Project Officer at the Finnova Foundation) firstname.lastname@example.org