Workshop on Wildland Fires in the Mediterranean Region: Prevention and regional cooperation
Sabaudia, Italy, May 13-15 2008

C. Tailleux-Nouals, Cemagref

Background and participation

Fire is the main cause of forest destruction in the countries of the Mediterranean Basin. About 50 000 fires sweep through 700 000 to 1 million hectares of Mediterranean forest and other wooded and pasture lands each year, causing enormous economic and ecological damage as well as loss of human life.
The forest fire situation in the Mediterranean Basin is significantly determined by predominating climatic conditions. Prolonged summers (extending from June to October and sometimes even longer), with virtually no rain and average daytime temperatures well in excess of 30°C, reduce the moisture content of forest litter to below 5 percent. Under these conditions, even a small addition of heat (lightning, a spark, a match, a cigarette butt) can be enough to start a violent conflagration.
Wild land fires information systems can help to avoid these damages by alerting the responsible authorities and the local population when the weather conditions make fire outbreaks very likely.
However the man is the very largely determining cause of fire: intentionally or negligently, maliciously or without malice the man is the main cause of forest fires. The most damaging fires are caused by human activities: burning of waist and for pasture renewal which gets out of control, arson, pyromania, (illegal) clearing of land to change land use, not following existing regulations to avoid fire, etc. Other underlying causes like poverty, land pressure and lack of law enforcement create favourable conditions for these fires. The cause of a fire is often reported as not known and more efforts should be made to define them. A special point of attention is needed for arson, a phenomenon lately often mentioned as the cause of a fire. Cooperation on fire management among the Mediterranean countries has been an effective way of avoiding the damages of wildfires. New possibilities should be discussed to strengthen collaboration and cooperation.
In order to respond to these needs the Corpo Forestale dello Stato of Italy with FAO, the European Community and the Working Group on Forest Fire of Silva Mediterranea organize this workshop on fire management in the Mediterranean.

Objectif of the Workshop

The main objective of the workshop is to promote and define regional cooperation on wildfire management in the Mediterranean.

Expected Audience

The workshop is designed to gather approximately 30-40 participants from the Mediterranean countries. They will come from responsible authorities for wildfire management in their countries, from research centres, from international organizations.

Working language

English, no translation to or from other languages is foreseen.

Venue and accomodation

The Auditorium of the Circeo National Park and the Forestry School of the Corpo Forestale in Sabaudia (a little town on the seashore, 80 km from Rome).

Field visit

A field visit will be organized place on Wednesday afternoon in the splendid scenario of the Circeo National Park. A visit to the Forest Fire Prevention and Supression Centre (AIB, Anti Incendi Boschivi) is foreseen.

Coffee break

Tea and coffee will be provided free throughout the day.

Guidelines for Oral Presentation

• Each presenter will be given 15 minutes for presentation. The session moderator will strictly limit presentations to the maximum allotted speaking time.
• Each speaker will be required to prepare a paper in not more then 4 to 5 pages, that will preferably be submitted before arriving through Email.
• Each speaker is requested to prepare a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation that will preferably be submitted (electronically or personally) the day before the opening session Session (May 12 at the arrival or May 13 early in the morning).
• Authors can send the PowerPoint presentation electronically or give it personally bringing it on a CD or USB Memory Stick version to upload to the computer in the appropriate session.
• Save your presentations as a .ppt file and give it your last name as a filename. Example: “Van Lierop First.ppt” means “Van Lierop’s presentation for the first session: Major activities in Fire Management of relevance to the Mediterranean”, and so on.
• When preparing your supporting visual materials (text and graphics), make sure it can be clearly seen from the auditorium. We suggest that you limit the text on a single slide, to highlight only using an appropriate, clear background, font type, size and colour that is easily read from the back of the room.
• Full papers can be made available for dissemination, the workshop secretariat will be responsible for making and distributing copies of the texts.

Practical Information for the Workshop


The workshop will take place in the Auditorium of the Circeo National Park, which is near the little town of Sabaudia (around 80km south of Rome). Web site:

How to arrive

  • FROM ROME WITH OUR BUS - The closest and most practical airports are: Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) and Ciampino. From there, you can easily reach the Central Train Station “Termini” (by train from Fiumicino). There will be three Green buses of the Corpo Forestale dello Stato to take you to Sabaudia/Circeo Park:
    a) The first one is planned to leave Fiumicino Airport at 16.00 hours, b) the second one is planned to leave Termini Railway Station (the main railway station inside the town) at around 18.30 hours, and c) there will be a third bus leaving at around 22.15 hours from the Termini Railway Station for all delegates arriving late.
    At Fiumicino Airport, you will find the Green Bus of the Corpo Forestale dello Stato on the arrival level, after the Terminal C Exit (on the right side when you come out of the Airport). The CFS personnel will wear their official uniformes.
    At Roma Termini, the Green buses of the Corpo Forestale dello Stato will be waiting for you in via Giovanni Giolitti, one of the station’s exit, not very far from the head of platform 24 where the train from Fiumicino airport arrives. There will be two agents of the Corpo Forestale (they will wear a uniforms) to wait for you on the platform 24, and they will help you getting on board the bus.
    In via Giovanni Giolitti the bus will be parked near the Post Office which is easily recognizable by a yellow sign marked PT.

  • FROM ROME BY TRAIN - Consequently, delegates who will arrive at Fiumicino Airport and, for some reason, will not be able to catch the first bus, should go to Termini Railway Station in order to take the second or the third bus. There is a direct non-stop train service from Fiumicino Airport to Termini Railway Station, which runs every half-an-hour (from 06.37 to 23.37 hours); journey time is around 32 minutes; cost is 8.30 euros. The Fiumicino Station is inside the Airport.
    Finally, delegates who will not be able to catch the official buses have a fourth option: they can get the train from Termini Railway Station to Priverno-Fossanova (direction: Naples). For train schedules, please consult the website: (For inquiries on the web page, insert the names “Roma Termini” and “Priverno-Fossanova”). Priverno is a small village very close to Sabaudia and the Hotel where we are lodged (Oasi di Kufra Hotel). There is more or less one train per hour, even more at certain hours of the day. The journey lasts 53 minutes and cost 4.50 euros. At the Priverno station, a taxi will bring you at the hotel. Please note: there is only one car: Mr. Gino’s taxi, who will bring you to the hotel for a minimum fare of € 30,00 (for one person) and € 50,00 for more than one person, but no more than seven. He speaks English, Spanish and German, so no problem to communicate with him. Please note that Mr. Gino doesn’t stay regularly at the Priverno-Fossanova station, so you have to call him at least one hour before your arrival at this mobile phone: (+39) 337 – 765733.

  • FROM THE AIRPORT BY TAXI - You can also take a taxi from the airport (Fiumicino or Ciampino), or order a car service. Car service is around € 150.00, taxi can be much more expensive.

  • When to arrive
    You should arrive before 20.30 hours on Monday 12 May. This will give you time to check into your room, relax and be ready for a first meeting with your colleagues.

    When to leave
    The workshop ends on Thursday, 15 May, at 13.30 hours. All participants are required to check out from their room by 8.30 hours. After the lunch, a bus will pick you up at 15.30 hours to Rome (Termini station). The arrival is foreseen approximately at 17.00 – 17.30 hours, depending on the traffic. Then from Termini station to Fiumicino Airport, there is a fast train which takes 25 minutes to arrive.

    All participants will be accommodated at the Hotel Residence Oasi di Kufra, in the seafront of Sabaudia, near the Park (web site: ). To have a vision of the places, you can use Google Map, by inserting the name “Lungomare di Sabaudia”. A fixed fare of € 45,00 for the single room and € 75,00 for the double room has been agreed with the hotel. No more than 40 rooms have been fixed for the workshop participants.

    All participants will have breakfast in the hotel, while they will have lunch in the refectory of the Sabaudia School of the Corpo Forestale dello Stato The menu will not included meals which could fall within any form of religious limitation. Wine and mineral water are provided free of charge. For the dinner, participants can chose whether to go to a restaurant in Sabaudia or to have dinner in the hotel restaurant at a fixed price of € 20.00, already arranged. The dinner will be at the expense of the participants.

    Fees: No fees are foreseen.

    Internet connection is available at the hotel Reception without any fee. You can have a wireless connection in your room paying a small fee to the hotel.

    We have no registration deadline but because of the hotel reservation and the getting of the visa, it is better to register as soon as one has decided. The workshop organization will directly book your room at the Hotel.

    How to enrol
    By e-mail or by phone, directly to the above contact persons. The workshop organization will directly book your room at the Hotel.

    Who to contact

    For FAO:
    Pieter van Lierop
    Forestry Officer (Fire Management) FAO-Rome
    phone: +39 - 06 5705 4392; Mobile: +39 - 340 6999750
    Michèle Millanès
    Phone: +39 - 06 5705 3896; Mobile: +39 - 347 3836092

    For CFS:
    Lillo Testasecca
    Senior Forestry Officer
    phone: + 39 – 06 4665 7047; +39 -320 4357433
    Monia Moretti
    or phone: + 39 – 06 4665 7119

    What to bring
    We used to give advice on which clothes to bring, based on the springtime weather, but now the climate is so unpredictable... May is usually quite hot during the day, and cooler at night. Nights can be humid as we are at the sea level.
    Bring the photographic equipment you normally use, but make sure that it is in perfect working condition (there are no nearby camera repair shops).

    last updated:  Thursday, January 21, 2010