With joint efforts towards resilient landscapes in the Western Balkans

Better cooperations, better capacities, better policies in the Western Balkans

Safeguarding Landscapes Through Fire Prevention

Programme Partners

LFMWB Programme

Еxtreme weather events such as long-lasting droughts create conditions for devastating fires. Climate change, land-use change, and the rural exodus are increasing the ecosystem’s vulnerability to landscape fires in the Western Balkans (WB), which represents one of the most affected regions in Europe by landscape fires (LFs).

To mitigate the negative impacts of LFs in the WB, the Landscape Fire Management in the Western Balkans (LFMWB) Programme financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation – SDC aims to increase the resilience of Western Balkan forests and landscapes against fires to benefit the people who depend on these landscapes for their livelihoods and socioeconomic development.

The LFMWB Programme within the period of 2022-2025 focuses on the following outcomes:

  • Better Cooperation: A lasting regional network is established and contributes to cross-boundary knowledge exchange and cooperation in landscape fire management (LFM);
  • Better Capacities: Strengthened capacities on broader LFM approaches allow for effective cross-sectoral collaboration at multiple levels;
  • Better Policies: Revised policies and strategies on LFM are in place to support sustainable landscape management at local, national and regional levels

Programme Activities

Regional LFM network

The Western Balkans united with the common goal of increasing resilience of forests and landscapes against fires.

National LFM network

Strengthening capacities on broader LFM approaches for effective cross-sectoral collaboration at local, national and regional level.

Landscape Fire Management

A holistic approach to effectively tackle the challenges posed by fires and climate change through collaborative participation of stakeholders.

Capacity building

Empowering communities for landscape fire management to safeguard livelihoods and build a sustainable future in the Western Balkans.

Community based projects

Empowering communities for landscape fire management to safeguard livelihoods from fires and build a sustainable future in the Western Balkans.

Public awareness

Fostering public awareness of landscape fire management role in mitigating climate change in the Western Balkans.

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Coordinators and backstoppers

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