What is a fire resilient landscape? Towards an integrated definition

Fiona E. Newman Thacker*, Marc Castellnou Ribau, Harm Bartholomeus, Cathelijne R. Stoof

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The concept of fire resilience has become increasingly relevant as society looks to understand and respond to recent wildfire events. In particular, the idea of a ‘fire resilient landscape’ is one which has been utilised to explore how society can coexist with wildfires. However, the concept of fire resilient landscapes has often been approached in silos, either from an environmental or social perspective; no integrated definition exists. Based on a synthesis of literature and a survey of scientists and practitioners, we propose to define a fire resilient landscape as ‘a socio-ecological system that accepts the presence of fire, whilst preventing significant losses through landscape management, community engagement and effective recovery.’ This common definition could help guide policy surrounding fire resilient landscapes, and exemplify how such landscapes could be initiated in practice. We explore the applicability of the proposed definition in both Mediterranean and temperate Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1592-1602
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2023


  • Resilient landscapes
  • Socio-ecological system
  • Transformative resilience
  • Wildfire


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