CFAS | Charter for Fire Adapted Settlements

By: Professor Alan March & Dr Constanza González-Mathiesen

Published on August 31, 2023

In wildfire prone locations, risks are typically greatest in wildland-urban interface and peri-urban areas where vegetation, populations and built elements interact.  In these interface areas, concentrations of people and settlements are more likely to be exposed to, and suffer from, the negative consequences of wildfires.

The possibility that communities can live and prosper in interface areas in concert with fire offers many opportunities.  This Charter sets out broad principles for fire-adapted communities at the interface between vegetation and settlements. In parallel, the Charter seeks to acknowledge that many places will require transformational change to become fire adapted.

The principles in the Charter seek to guide the design, occupation, management, and governance of interfaces between vegetation and settlements. A wide, interdisciplinary, and inclusive approach is taken. These principles provide a measure against which existing and future conditions can be understood and assessed.

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