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CILIFO holds a round table on forest waste as part of the European Week for Waste Reduction #EWWR2020

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23.11.2020. The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is the largest campaign to raise awareness about waste prevention in Europe. The Iberian Centre for Research and the Fight against Forest Fires (CILIFO) will be present at this week’s event through the Finnova Foundation, one of the entities that make up the CILIFO Project consortium.

Next Monday, 23rd November 2020, CILIFO will officially participate as an “action developer” in the European Week for Waste Reduction through a webinar on forest waste management.

The Finnova Foundation is part of the public-private partnership that makes up the CILIFO project, 75% of which is financed by the Interreg VA Spain – Portugal – POCTEP (2014-2020) cross-border cooperation programme. CILIFO acts to strengthen and unite cooperation, working procedures and training between the Forest Fire Prevention and Extinction mechanisms in the cooperation area of the Euroregion Alentejo – Algarve – Andalusia and is led by the Andalusian Regional Government.

Within the framework of the CILIFO project, financed by ERDF funds through the Interreg VA Spain-Portugal POCTEP (2014-2020) cross-border cooperation programme, the Finnova Foundation, the project beneficiary, proposes a round table to analyse the challenges posed by waste and innovation linked to the circular economy in the forest waste sector, as a means of enhancing the local economy and preventing forest fires.

The CILIFO project contributes to the adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Therefore, CILIFO is working on good management of forest waste and its valorisation to help find innovative solutions to promote adaptation and mitigation of climate change. During the conference, the Green Deal will be discussed and the award ceremony for the 2nd Edition CILIFO – Firefighting StartUp Europe Awards 2020 (SEUA-CILIFO) will be held.

The event is planned to take place at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels, as a similar action was held there last year in the framework of the EWWR. This year (2020) the action is also to be held there, but if there are no rooms available or if the development of COVID-19 is not favourable, an online event will be held. The official languages of the event are Spanish, Portuguese and English.

The provisional agenda can be downloaded at the following link:

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About European Week for Waste Reduction – #EWWR2020

The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) was born in 2009 as a European project funded by the European Commission’s LIFE+ programme that promotes the implementation of awareness raising actions on sustainable resources and waste management. The EWWR is held every year since 2009 during the last week of November. Volunteers from all over Europe, and also from outside, organize thousands of actions related to the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle), as well as cleaning activities or Clean-up days.

In today’s European context, the European Week for Waste Reduction has a crucial role to play: helping the European Union to achieve its waste prevention goals. For national, regional or local authorities, awareness-raising activities are an integral part of their waste management plans. An important aspect faced by public authorities is the lack of public awareness of waste prevention and the enormous influence this has on citizens’ unsustainable production and consumption patterns, as well as on their environmental behaviour in relation to waste generation and separation at source. Effective communication is therefore a key element in addressing the waste issue.


About the 2nd CILIFO – Firefighting Startup Europe Awards (SEUA – CILIFO) 2020

The StartUp Europe Awards (SEUA) is an initiative promoted by the European Commission, supported by the Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament; and implemented by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with StartUp Europe. SEUA is an open innovation tool that allows companies to identify new talented start-ups, which are able to solve current challenges in multiple areas. The aim is to combine their internal and external knowledge to carry out strategy and R&D projects. Under the open innovation model, projects can originate both inside and outside the company; they can be incorporated both at the beginning and in the intermediate phases of the innovation process; and they can reach the market through the same company or through other companies.

In this sense, the “Firefighting StartUp Europe Awards” are an initiative promoted by the European Commission, implemented by the Finnova Foundation in collaboration with StartUp Europe and supported by the framework of the CILIFO project. It is an open innovation tool to identify innovative start-ups with potential, capable of solving current challenges around forest fire management. The objective is to locate those that offer products, services or methodologies that address the three phases in firefighting 1) Prevention 2) Action 3) Regeneration. They must provide an improvement in the efficiency of resources in firefighting; technological tools; social awareness; fire behaviour; spatial and temporal patterns of fire; fire meteorology and fire danger classification; fire extinguishing techniques; terrestrial, aerial and spatial detection; restoration; etc.

Firefighting StartUp Europe Awards / SEUA – CILIFO is an action aimed at promoting open innovation for the adaptation and mitigation of climate change; the establishment of networking; the exchange of good practices; the recruitment of entrepreneurs, companies and technologies that help to prevent and extinguish forest fires; and the restoration of natural areas that have suffered from forest fires. SEUA-CILIFO is a tool for identifying and supporting entrepreneurs with new ideas in the field of firefighting.

Target group: entrepreneurs and start-ups with ideas/projects relating to the fight against forest fires in the 3 action areas of the CILIFO project: Prevention, Action and Regeneration.

About the CILIFO Project

The project “Iberian Centre for Research and Fight against Forest Fires” (CILIFO) focuses on the fight against forest fires and their consequences for the adaptation and mitigation of climate change; within a framework of cross-border cooperation for the prevention of risks and the improvement of the management of natural resources in Spain and Portugal in the area of the Euroregion Alentejo – Algarve – Andalusia. CILIFO falls under Thematic Objective 5 of the POCTEP Programme: Promoting adaptation to climate change in all sectors; and responds to the investment priority, with respect to the POCTEP Programme, 5B: Promoting investment to address specific risks and ensuring adaptation to disasters and development of disaster management systems.

With a duration of three years (2019 to 2021), it aims, through the results of its activities, to establish itself as a permanent centre for the promotion and development of training, awareness, development and innovation, and inter-regional cooperation in the fight against forest fires. CILIFO is being developed thanks to the collaboration of a public-private partnership, led by the Andalusian Regional Government and made up of public research bodies, non-profit-making public interest entities and public administrations, all with the common objective of fighting forest fires.

About the Finnova Foundation

Finnova is a European non-profit foundation, with headquarters in Belgium-Brussels, and offices and antennas in Spain (Seville, Valencia, Tenerife, Madrid and Vitoria), whose main purpose is to seek international funding related to the transfer of new technology, modernization, training, innovation for regional or local public administrations. Its main objective is to promote international and inter-regional cooperation through networks and events, its main fields of work being the environment, energy, climate change, innovation and improvement of the quality of life.


Common Challenges – Sustainable Development Objectives (SDA)

The aim is to meet the challenge 13 and 15 of the UN SPOs to innovate in taking urgent action to combat climate change and its effects, as well as to protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.


Beatriz Martínez Muñoz
European Projects and Communication Officer at the Finnova Foundation