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FIREFIGHTING PLAN FOREST WEATHER CANADAIR WHAT TO REMEMBER FROM THE MEASURES ANNOUNCED BY EMMANUEL MACRON

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FIREFIGHTING PLAN FOREST WEATHER CANADAIR WHAT TO REMEMBER FROM THE MEASURES ANNOUNCED BY EMMANUEL MACRON

FIREFIGHTING PLAN FOREST WEATHER CANADAIR WHAT TO REMEMBER FROM THE MEASURES ANNOUNCED BY EMMANUEL MACRON

Emmanuel Macron received this Friday, October 28 the firefighters mobilized last summer against the fires, which ravaged nearly 72,000 hectares of forest, six times more than the average of the last ten years. On this occasion, the Head of State presented a series of measures from his plan to fight fires and support firefighters.

Additional Canadair, forest weather, or even reforestation… During a speech to civil security actors mobilized against fires this summer, Emmanuel Macron detailed the measures of his firefighting plan. Here’s what to remember.

 FOREST WEATHER TO PREVENT FIRES

As there is marine weather, Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a “forest weather forecast”. Based on a territorial inventory of forests and their models, this weather forecast will make it possible to draw up a map of forecasts on a “detailed territorial scale” to prevent the risk of fire.

This “new strategy” also provides for the drawing up of “a national map with the finest mesh” to identify “particularly vulnerable areas”. Moreover, the National Office of Forests (ONF) will play a “monitoring role” in this new plan. Moreover, the State promises an increase in the means allocated to this public establishment, over the next two years.

At the same time, the President of the Republic also insisted on the need to launch a communication and awareness campaign on the “legal obligations of clearing”, starting next month. He also wants to simplify the rules and strengthen controls to ensure clearing.

 FOUR NEW CANADAIR BY 2027

 As part of a global “emergency air rearmament” plan against forest fires of 250 million euros, Emmanuel Macron announced his intention to increase the number of Canadians in France to 16 by 2027, against 12 today.

“We are going to invest massively so that by the end of the five-year term these twelve” Canadair already in service “will be replaced and their number will be increased to 16”, declared the Head of State.

Emmanuel Macron also indicated that two heavy helicopters would soon be acquired.

 REPLANT A BILLION TREES IN TEN YEARS

In a second step, the Head of State promised “the planting of a billion trees” on French territory “within ten years”, the equivalent of “10% of our forest”, to compensate for forest fires.

“It’s doable,” said Emmanuel Macron, referring to “a formidable ecological project and development of our territory”. In order to achieve this, “a public funding mechanism” must be put in place, in parallel with a “wide mobilization” of civil society, especially young people.

 150 MILLION ADDITIONAL EUROS FOR THE EMERGENCY SERVICES

Finally, an additional envelope of 150 million euros for the departmental fire and rescue services (Sdis) in 2023, in order to strengthen the fight against forest fires with new human and material resources, was announced by The head of state.

Emmanuel Macron also indicated that a “volunteer support plan” in the Saudis was going to be put in place. The objective is to “extend the period during which companies will be able to release their volunteer firefighters”, by compensating “better corporate citizens”.

Forests, already seriously threatened by the effects of climate change, suffered more than ever this summer in France where fires ravaged nearly 72,000 hectares in 50 departments. As a reminder, the Gironde was particularly affected by the fires of Landiras and Teste-de-Buch. But we must not forget that Finistère was not left out with the fire of the Arrée mountains.

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