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3rd Project and steering committee meeting in Corfu - 15-18 of June

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Decentralised Administration of Peloponnese, Western Greece and Ionian partner organised and hosted a three days project meeting in Corfu, from 15 to 18 of june, in order to assess the sate of the art of project implementation and activities and share all partners experiences and strategies to approach wildfire and earthquake risks prevention.

In the first day, after the introducing session by Lead Partner from Split Dalmatia County, Mrs Andelka Vukotic and institutional greetings by  the Mayor of Corfu, Mr. K. Nikolouzos,  the Commissioner of  Region of Ionian Islands, Mrs. N. Pandi,  the Acting Secretary General of Decentralised Administration of Peloponnese, Western Greece and Ionian, Mr. D. Panagiotopoulos, and the Commander of the Ionian Regional Administration Fire Service, Mr.  E. Georgakopoulos, there has been held a thematic workshop on “Strategic buildings’ Earthquake risk assessment, prevention and monitoring” coordinated by representative of COPE Teramo, mr E. Galluccio.

In this occasion Marche Region representative, Mr. L. Abete, presented the dedicated software which have been realized in order to provide the experts and operational corps, which are working on the public strategic building monitoring against seismic risks, with an advanced tool to collect all relevant structural and various information of the buildings.

In the second day, Decentralised Administration of Western Greece, Peloponnese and Ionian representative, Mr. S. Michos coordinated a session on the wildfire risks with the relation of Mr. G. Xanthopoulos, belonging to the  Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems, on the actions for reducing wildfire risk in windland-urbaninterface (WUI) areas of the Mediterranean region Organisation and Mr. A. Kanavos and N. Kolovos introduced the activies and intervention modalities by the Hellenic Fire Service - Serving the Community and the Environment.

In the afternoon Mr A. Oradini from Molise Region coordinated the workshop on “Reduction of fire risk by sustainable forest manager”  analysing resources from forests biomass in targeted areas and evaluating the potential for creation of sustainable models for biomass utilization for energy production in target areas, leading to the redaction of amanual for effective utilization of biomass and carrying out feasibility studies for installation of heating systems in public buildings with the contribution of Mrs. A. Furlan from Municipality of Ajdovščina which shares the good practices on the feasibility study of a biomass heating system in the Lokavec Branch Primary School.

At the end of the workshop session  Mr. Oradini, presented the document on after fire vegetation restoration and management recommendations, written in collaboration of Mr T. Dubravac and Mr. B. Hrvoj from the Croatian Forest Research Institute, depicting main information on forest fires in the Adriatic area, ecological factors for post-fire vegetation regeneration, strategy for post-fire vegetation regeneration and after fire restoration measures.

Mr. F. Natale from PO Delta Park partner and Mr. M. Tomljanović  from Dubrovnik Neretva County presented a report on the on-going educational and awareness policies in the field of indirect fire prevention which is developed by partners in each territory in a cycle of events as follows: - Seminars for inhabitants, social groups & PA; - Training&info days for schoolchildren and students; - Training courses for Civil Protection Volunteers - General public awareness, posters, radio trail and TV appearences.

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On Wednesday, 17 June 2015, in the morning Mr. H. Matijevi, from from IN2 and IGEA consortium on behalf of Zadar County discussed on the AdriaFireGIS implementation progress: the collection and import of globally available data (historic fire records from MODIS, administrative units’ boundaries, buildings and roads from Open Street Map) has been finished and the appropriate OGC web services established. In the following period the specific data sets, as specified by the Technical report concerning definition and standardization of dynamic and static GIS layers concerning fire prevention and fire fighting for Web based GIS services and delivered by the Project partners, will be imported into the AdriaFireGIS database and the OGC services established. The first prototype of the AdriaFireGIS with basic functionalities has also been presented during the meeting.

Later on, Mr. D. Stipanicev from Split Dalmatia County presented the AdriaFireRiskPanel prototype focusing on the design of that one which has been installed on Marjan Hill in Split – Dalmatia County and its deployment. Design and software are Royalty Free, so everyone could use them to make the warning panel. It was suggested to prepare for contracting procedure quite simple technical specifications but also to give to all possible contractors the panel design documentation to simplifier the panel production.

Moreover he presented a report on AdriaFirePropagator prototype which is a Web based application for 2-D wildfire behavior modeling and spread simulation. It has two modalities: active and simulation mode. Users of the system are System administrator, firefighting activities planner and sentry in the firefighting center. It is based on computer side on GRASS GIS Open Source GIS server software and on model side on Rothermel’s fire spread model and cellular automata fire front simulation. It has a multi-user environment – each user is presented with his own user interface. The prototype is limited to the area of Split – Dalmatia County but in deployment phase it will be deployed for the whole region.  All software including the modification and adaptation of Grass GIS will be also published as Royalty Free Application under Open Source License, so everyone could use them and modify.

In the last workshop section three reports were presented on the specific theme of terrestrial Forest Fire Monitoring and Surveillance System Modelling:

- Emergency intervention code of conduct report with distribution of tasks, definition of coordinating bodies 

- User rights report with definition of different application users level accessibility and rights

- Visible video monitoring in Molise Region 

The first report presented by Dr. L. Šeric, SDC – FESB, Split was based on the survey that  was presented concerning different approaches to emergency intervention in different partners countries. In HOLISTIC project there are various stakeholders, many partners, various laws, procedures and policies about emergency situation handling, so the idea was to find a way to normalize them and to make recommendation about harmonization and enhancement of existing procedures and policies. 

The second report, presented my Mrs. Šeric too, dealt with quite relevant security issues. All most important applications in HOLISTIC project are Web applications, so Web application security, Authentication schemas and User rights models are of great importance. 

In the third report a project for Molise Region concerning Determination of monitoring location according to previously defined procedure was presented as good practice.

Finally, Mr. R. Podbojac from Croatian Firefighting Association has presented State of progress in realization Installation of GPS fire fighting vehicles tracking systems in various selected areas.