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Analyzing the Impacts of Information in the Prevention of Forest Fires in Greece

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The forest fires which occurred in the prefecture of Ilia, Greece, in August 2007 resulted in significant losses in forest lands, property and human lives. The citizens behaved as simple spectators of the disaster. Although they could have reacted, they did nothing. The citizens, however, declare that they know what actions they need to take in case of fire. Their information regarding forest fires mainly comes from television and radio, family and friends, newspapers and magazines and education. Indeed, it seems that through interpersonal channels of communication better results are achieved. In confronting forest fires, knowledge alone is not sufficient. In order to effectively confront forest fires, the local population also needs to be trained and organized in a voluntary system of confrontation.

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  • Karanikola, Paraskevi & Tampakis, Stilianos & Manolas, Evangelos & Tsantopoulos, Georgios, 2013. "Analyzing the Impacts of Information in the Prevention of Forest Fires in Greece," Journal of Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, CIEO-Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, University of Algarve, vol. 1(2), pages 71-81.
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    1. Noronha, Teresa, 2011. "The Impacts of Public Policies for Regional Development in Portugal," Spatial and Organizational Dynamics Discussion Papers 2011-3, CIEO-Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, University of Algarve.
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    Keywords

    Forest Fire; Ilia 2007; View of Citizen; Citizen Participation; Greece;

    JEL classification:

    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification
    • Z18 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Public Policy

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