Fire in Protected Areas - the Effect of Protection and Importance of Fire Management

  • Paulo Pereira Mykolas Romeris University
  • Pranas Mierauskas Mykolas Romeris University
  • Xavier Ubeda University of Barcelona
  • Jorge Mataix-Solera Miguel Hernández University
  • Artemi Cerda University of Valencia
Keywords: Fire, disturbance, protected areas, habitat management, conservation policy


Fires are important but socially and economically unwanted disturbances of the ecosystems. They cannot be considered as a problem, they are global phenomena. Protected areas are created to protect biodiversity, and strict protection is often applied, forgetting that fire had shaped that that we aim to protect. This harsh protection is producing important changes in the protected habitats and is increasing their vulnerability to destructive wildfires. Thus, it is of major interest to incorporate fire management in the protected areas plan, including the (re)use of prescribed fire and traditional burning in order to reintroduce fire regimens, fundamental to the landscape sustainability. This incorporation represents an enormous step in the habitats sustainability. Policies should be more focused on fire prevention than on its suppression.


Author Biographies

Paulo Pereira, Mykolas Romeris University
assoc. prof. at the Environmental Policy Department, Mykolas Romeris University
Pranas Mierauskas, Mykolas Romeris University
Head of Environmental Policy Department, Mykolas Romeris University
Xavier Ubeda, University of Barcelona
Geograpgy and Geographic Regional Analysis,
Jorge Mataix-Solera, Miguel Hernández University
assoc. prof. at the Department of Agrochemistry and Environment. Miguel Hernández University
Artemi Cerda, University of Valencia
prof. at the Department of Geography, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain