The Map-Fire Platform: engaging stakeholders in citizen science to improve wildfire risk management against cascading impacts on public health
22 November 201912:45 - 13:00
Speaker: Victor Marchezini Sociologist and researcher, Brazilian Early Warning and Monitoring Center of Natural Hazards
The Amazonian states of Madre de Dios (Peru), Acre (Brazil), and Pando (Bolivia), known as the MAP region, are exposed to droughts, floods, and fires. Wildfires are a dangerous threat to the health and well-being of the ~25 million Amazonian inhabitants and biodiversity. However, the MAP region lacks a tri-national wildfire risk warning system. This presentation will present an open-source monitoring platform and citizen science methods to engage people in data sharing for public health risk prevention. The goal is to engage the population to actively contribute with data input onto the platform, encourage information sharing, and knowledge production. Enabling regulation, in this context, is a matter of paramount importance, as most fires are triggered in rural properties that are not sufficiently supervised by local governments.