09.05.2020. Every May 9th, Europe Day celebrates the peace and unity of the continent. The date is the anniversary of the historic Schuman declaration and the Iberian Centre for Research and the Fight against Forest Fires (CILIFO) celebrates it by committing to a cross-border cooperation area in the Euroregion Alentejo-Algarve-Andalusia with a commitment to measures to prevent and extinguish forest fires in the cooperation area.

With a duration of three years (2019 to 2021), CILIFO aims, through the results of its activities, to become a permanent centre for the promotion and development of training, awareness, development and innovation, and interregional cooperation in the fight against forest fires.

Its objectives are:

1. To strengthen and unite cooperation, working procedures and training between the Forest Fire Prevention and Extinction mechanisms in the area of cooperation.

2. To promote the creation of lasting and quality employment in the area; to reduce the economic cost of fires by creating a rural economy linked to the landscape.

3. To improve the response capacity to forest fires of the administrations and authorities involved in fighting them in the three participating regions.

CILIFO is being developed thanks to the collaboration of a public-private partnership composed of public research bodies, non-profit-making public interest entities and public administrations, all with the common objective of fighting forest fires.