Stop the Harmful Forms of Prescribed Burnings!
OBJECTIVES AND PROPOSALS OF THE CAMPAIGN
To launch a series of independent scientific studies of the scale, geography, methodology, and negative consequences of prescribed burnings implemented in the world.
A key obstacle to analysis of the catastrophic negative consequences of the prescribed burning industry is the lack of researches directly aimed at studying these consequences. For this reason, we wrote in the position only about the “probability” of such consequences, although their presence is obvious (it inevitably follows from the known characteristics of prescribed burning considered in the position of the campaign). The existence of these consequences is also confirmed by numerous sources, some of which are listed in the Reference section of the position.
Therefore, we consider it a priority task to organize a series of independent scientific studies and widely publish their results on the following issues:
the extent of prescribed burnings in the world (i.e. geography, area and frequency of implemented intentional burnings in different countries);.
the negative consequences of prescribed burning for biodiversity, natural ecosystems, soils, natural waters, climate, frequency of strong wildfires, the health of people, and national economy;
the direct and indirect impact of propaganda of prescribed burning on the growth of size and frequency of wildfires, the welfare of people and economy;
economic justification of prescribed burning for the purposes of wildfire mitigation with consideration of the arguments considered in the campaign position.
These investigations should be implemented in each country where the prescribed burning practice is intensively used, that is, first of all, in the United States of America, Canada, Australia, South Africa and some other countries of Africa, Indonesia, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Russia.
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