Going up in smoke: how livestock keeping can reduce wildfires | Land Portal
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septembre 2022
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In recent years there have been devastating wildfires across the world. Wildfire incidence is increasing with climate change, and wildfires are predicted to increase by 50% by the end of the centuryi . Such intense, uncontrolled wildfires are massively damaging to environments and to people, involving multiple deaths – including among firefighters - and widespread destruction of property.

In many settings, it is the lack of grazing that results in this build-up of dangerous fire loads and (perhaps counterintuitively) the lack of well-managed fires. A common response to the increase in wildfires is to invest in fire suppression strategies. This can make matters worse, as excluding livestock, for example, can increase fire loads.

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