Post-fire ecosystem restoration smart-tool: an open service platform for environmental, social and economic integrated solutions
PHARESFIRE aims at designing and developing a module-base, scalable and flexible open platform and leverages groundbreaking technologies to provide monitoring, modelling and simulation services for supporting decision-making on post-fire ecosystem restoration management. PHARESFIRE will be developed by fifteen participants covering ten EU countries. The PHARESFIRE smart-tool will be tested and calibrated at eight pilot sites representative of the different European forest types and under different fire regimes. The smart-tool will integrate relevant Decision Support Services for soil restoration and protection, biodiversity restoration, invasive species control, socioeconomic cost-benefit analysis and landscape restoration management. Furthermore, the smart-tool will also provide monitoring data and GMES-based products for professionals, academia and the general public. The project further develops scientific novel approaches from the ecosystem resilience and landscape post-fire connectivity management integrating socioeconomic and governance dimensions for building more resistant landscapes. The open platform will play a central role of providing reliable and timely information required for ecosystem restoration at temporal (i.e., emergency, short and long terms) as well as spatial (i.e., stand, catchment, landscape) scales for regional administrations. The PHARESFIRE project will capitalize different European initiatives and projects to speed-up eco-innovative solutions from business to the market. It is expected to bring large market potential for the private sector, including specialist SMEs, software and data management developers, technology centres and others. Especially the resilient restoration concept has huge global business opportunities, with the greatest potential in ICT, software and analytics development, but also hardware and infrastructure development.