Project Leader:
Institute of the Environment - University of Balamand

Project Partners:
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)
Montana State University - Department of Earth Sciences
WildFire PIRE - NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education
Project Description:
Interactions between changing land-use, fuel conditions and a warming climate are increasing the risk and hazard of wildfire in many parts of the world, especially where residential development expands into wildland areas.  In Lebanon, land-use and forest management are leading to increased fuel accumulation in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) where populations continue to grow.  This situation poses great challenges for urban planners, forest and fire managers tasked with managing forests and protecting populations from wildfire.  Our project*: "Towards a better assessment and management of wildfire risk in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) in Lebanon: gaining from the US experience" aims to provide information for municipalities and land managers to better anticipate and mitigate wildfire risk and hazard in the WUI of Lebanon. The primary objective of the project is to use models to identify areas most vulnerable to wildfire risk due to changing fuel conditions, land-use and climate warming.

*This project is managed by the Biodiversity Program (BP) at the Institute of the Environment (IOE), the University of Balamand (UOB) and funded by the Agency for International development (USAID) in agreement with the US National Academies of Science (NAS)
News & Events ** NEW **
Launching a new fire danger forecast system in Lebanon
Tuesday October 25, 2016

PEER Evidence to Action Award 2016
Launching the development of a dynamic fire danger forecast
in Lebanon

Closing conference of the USAID-PEER wildfire project
Thursday August 7, 2014 
University of Balamand - Koura Campus
Summary Report

Launching FireLab (Trial Version)
A web-application that produces
detailed wildfire reports at both the
country and village levels
Workshop on Research in wildfire risk management
26 June, 2013 - Hotel Holiday Inn, Dunes - Beirut
Workshop Proceedings
Fire Alert