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Balamand launches a new fire danger forecast system in Lebanon 

The Land and Natural Resources Program at the Institute of the Environment, University of Balamand announced the launching of a new fire danger forecast system in Lebanon in an event held on 25 October, 2016 at the University of Balamand.

The event was attended by participants from several public agencies and various research centers. 

The system came within the framework of the project “Towards a better assessment and management of wildfire risk in the Wildland-Urban Interface in Lebanon: gaining from the US experience” funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and supported by the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) in agreement with the US National Academies of Science (NAS). 

Dr. Manal Nader, Director of the Institute of the Environment delivered a welcoming note  followed by a technical intervention from Dr. George Mitri, Director of the Land and Natural Resources Program and the Project’s Principal Investigator. According to Dr. Mitri, the newly developed system takes into account fire hazard and vulnerability in addition to a fire weather index derived daily by the European Forest Fire Information System. More specifically, the new system generates fire danger forecast over a period of 9 days that users can access at any time through a web-interface to browse fire danger at the local, regional, and national level (​). Also, the daily updated fire danger bulletin of Lebanon can be downloaded and printed by all users.

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