Against the threat of forest fires and climate change.

The Silvanus project brings together a large consortium of interdisciplinary experts from four continents to combat the threat of forest fires and improve forest resilience against climate change.

In the climate crisis era, where forest fires are becoming more dangerous and more frequent, Silvanus aims to offer a new technological solution to improve the preparedness and prevention of wildfire ignition. This will be achieved through the integration of a big-data processing framework capable of analysing various data sources such as climate models, weather data, and earth observation tools, leading to the development of intelligent fire ignition models.

These models will be furthermore complemented with the use of in-situ environmental sensors, CCTV and multi-spectral imaging solutions to develop an advanced detection and response toolkit.

Silvanus will also introduce sensor technologies that use inventive wireless communication infrastructure through the coordination of unmanned aerial vehicles and automated ground robots for coordinating the response among first fighters.

One requirement for the project is to take into account the expertise and experience of firefighters and the local residents who are faced every year with the dangers of devastating wildfires. Silvanus will launch a wide-reaching stakeholder engagement programme in forest regions to assess fire risk indicators, to develop training methodology for firefighters, to use for VR and AR training toolkits, and to simulate real-world environments and life-saving scenarios. Awareness campaigns will include the implementation of a mobile application for citizen engagement, along with automated notifications on safety practices.

To ensure that the results of Silvanus have a long-term impact, the project will include policy recommendations on forest governance, soil rehabilitation strategy recommendations, and restoration roadmap services for natural resources.

The project will end in 2025 and for the duration of its activities and beyond, Silvanus will focus on all three components of fire suppression: prevention and preparedness, detection and response, restoration and adaptation.

The project is coordinated by Università Telematica Pegaso and includes more than forty partners worldwide.