Forcip+ (Forest Roads for Civil Protection,GA No. ECHO/SUB/2015/718661/PREP20 ) is a cooperation european project co-funded by the ECHO European Commission Unit (Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations), to be held between January 2016 and June 2017.
The project's grant is a Prepardness action, with a 18 months life an a EC Contribution of 400.231€.
The Lead Partner is the Aristotle University (Greece) and the rest of the consortium is composed by the Cesefor Foundation (Spain), the National Office of Forests (France), the University of Florence (Italy) and the Slovenian Forestry Institute (Slovenia).
Forest road network is the main means of access to the forest, for civil protection.
This secondary network is not subject to approval and classification as with “normal” roads, so its design and construction features are highly variable. In many cases are only accessible for specific vehicles. This makes it an intricate network of highly variable characteristics by which vehicles must travel (in case of emergency) in only some areas. Other areas are generally inaccessible.
The project aims at improving the use of the rural road network in case of emergency, especially forest fires.
Through transnational cooperation a wide range of inventories of existing road infrastructure will be accessible,
different requirements will be met and a
homogeneous model will be established.
ICT applications will be developed to improve the efficiency of use and
propose improvements on the maintenance
Forest fire fighting vehicles will be equipped with GNSS receivers in order to improve time response and increase fuel savings.
Fire specialists will be able to use network analysis for resources planning, locating most suitable places for ground means waiting areas or identifying forest surfaces where takes longer to access.
Other actors involved in emergencies will be able to use web management applications and public information.
Model characterization data of the rural road network that meets the requirements for use by public emergencies, especially those related to firefighting.
Actual field inventory of a pilot territory in the regions involved and its inclusion in a GIS.
GIS analysis of the obtained data and examples of improving the efficiency of emergency responses though network analyst tools.
Guide of good practices on construction and maintenance of rural road infrastructure.
Guide of project implementation in order to make it exportable to different areas.
ICT applications: GNSS/GPS system, ground means management app, data update system.
Project website including a cartographic viewer with OGC services for data interoperability: public use information dissemination and road alerts system.