With bushfires increasing in number, intensity, size, and impact, it is time we asked why this is happening and what can be done to reduce the number of fires and the damage caused.
The argument around bushfire prevention is presented in a newly published book titled 'Feeling the Heat: International Perspectives on the Prevention of Wildfire'. This book reviews current international knowledge and presents new findings on political, spatial, psychological, socio-ecological and socio-economic risk factors.
In this webinar, authors Janet Stanley and Alan March argue that much greater attention could, and should, be given to preventing these fires. Such prevention measures range from the critical importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to addressing the psychological and socio-economic drivers of arson. In particular, these approaches will require a coordinated and collaborative approach across all sectors, including governance and local communities. Roz Hansen will respond to the speakers from an urban planning perspective.