Near East Network on Wildlands Forest Fire - NENFIRE

Technical assistance for forest fire management in Algeria

EOD: 31 Mar 2019 NTE: 30 Sep 2020


With an average of 1912 fires per year destroying 36205 ha, nearly 1% of the forested area, Algeria presents a relatively high fire risk, especially since the number of fire ignitions seems to have increased in recent years. Important means of prevention and control have already been put in place, but difficulties persist in certain areas such as the knowledge of the causes of fire, the absence of a national risk map, the absence of daily risk forecasts, etc.


This project aims to initiate structuring actions at national level:

  • developing a national fire management plan (diagnosis, orientations, action plan),
  • establishing a training center dedicated to forest fires.

In a pilot wilaya, it will allow to evaluate some innovative techniques through:

  • training teams in fire cause research (FCR) techniques,
  • training teams in experience feedback (REX) on the alert, the first intervention and the use of field equipment.

The project will be implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, where the Directorate General of Forest will act as a national coordinator.



The following institutions, among others, will benefit from the project:

  • General Directorate of Civil Protection
  • National Gendarmerie
  • Weather Services
  • Algerian Space Agency
  • National School of Forests of Batna (NSFB)
  • National Institute of Forestry Research
  • Universities



The project outcomes at national level are mainly:

  • A national fire management plan developed through inter-service consultation
  • Significant increase in the percentage of known forest fire causes
  • Forest fire plans are revised and adapted technical standards are developed



The project outputs are:

  • A five-year forest fire management action plan is developed (framing, priorities, action sheets, dashboard)
  • Forest fire causes and fire behavior are better identified
  • Fire hazards are reduced through more efficient fire prevention actions