Study areas

Region of Valencia (Spain)
The forest area of the Valencia Region occupies almost 60% of the territory, although its area is increasing at a rate of approx. 3,300 ha/year (IFN2-INF3). The wooded ecosystem of Pinus halepensis is the one studied in REMAS. It represents 40% of the region's territory (514,065 ha). In terms of forest ownership, 55% of the forest land is privately owned, 39% is public and 6% is unknown. Of the public ownership, 76% belongs to municipalities.  Main source: PATFOR (2013)

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Delimitation of the study area
Forest fires in the last 20 years

The study area of the Region of Valencia is the Forest Demarcation of Chelva (except Rincón de Ademúz).
Guadalajara region (Spain)
The forest area in the Guadalajara region covers more than 62% of the territory (more than 764,000 ha) and most of this forest area is wooded (68%). Pinus sylvestris pine forests occupy an area of 57,107 ha. Seventy per cent of the area covered by this species is public and 30% is private. Of the public property, 80% belongs to the municipalities/municipalities. In the study area (Alto Tajo Nature Reserve). Pinus sylvestris forests cover more than 25,000 ha (19% of the protected area).

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Delimitation of the study area 
Forest fires in the last 20 years
Aquitaine Region (France)
New-Aquitaine is home to Europe's largest artificial forest, established since the end of the 19th century to stabilise the coastal dunes and reclaim the marshes that later occupied the territory. This region now covers 1 million hectares, only 10% of which is managed by the French state or local authorities. This forest is a plantation dominated by a local species, the maritime pine, mainly used for timber, but increasingly for paper and energy production.

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 Delimitation of the study area 
 Forest fires in the last 20 years
Algarve Region – Serra de Caldeirão (Portugal)
Serra de Caldeirão generally corresponds to a geological formation of schist-grauvaca, with steep slopes and covered mainly by cork oak ecosystems. The landscape is characterised by vast expanses of cork oak forests and undergrowth generally. Other land cover types include thickets dominated by Cistus ladanifer, as well as some pastures or crops. There are also scattered stands of P. pinaster, P.pinea and Eucalyptus spp. Land ownership is fragmented and private. Cork harvesting is the main economic activity of the local communities.