Spain stays the course with Morocco in the fight against fires

Spain stays the course with Morocco in the fight against fires
Spain stays the course with Morocco in the fight against fires

The Spanish government has now reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining and strengthening its collaboration with Morocco in the fierce fight against the destructive scourges of fires.

In continuation of the commitments made through solid bilateral agreements, Spain is committed to continuing this vital cooperation with the Kingdom which highlights the strategic importance of this alliance for the preservation of the environment and the protection of natural wealth, according to the Spanish press.

The press release from the Presidency of the Spanish Government, following the Council of Ministers held on Tuesday June 18, underlines the firm desire to consolidate operational and logistical links between the two nations in terms of prevention and fight against fires, based on an ambitious action plan deployed until 2024.

Through this agreement, the measures set out in the action plan for the prevention and fight against forest fires for the year 2024 were approved, while taking note of the implementation report of the measures provided for in the previous plan valid for the year 2023.

It should be noted that the Spanish strategy envisages the implementation of emergency plans, thus aiming to streamline assistance and collaboration between the different administrations. Concerning the Ecological Transition, synchronization initiatives at national and international scales will be launched, while 63 aircraft will be mobilized for fire extinguishing operations. On the international cooperation front, in addition to maintaining bilateral partnerships with the Morocco, but in particular Portugal and France, Spain will contribute to the European Union (EU) with two high-performance amphibious water bomber aircraft.

Furthermore, the document reports an increase of almost 8 million euros (bringing the budget to 61.3 million euros) allocated to the initiatives of the General Directorate of Roads for fire prevention this summer.

Remember that in Morocco, the National Agency for Water and Forests (ANEF) has started to produce daily maps precisely identifying risk areas throughout the national territory, as part of its efforts to anticipate the problem of forest fires.

It should also be emphasized that the fire prevention and fight policies adopted by the Ministry of the Interior, ANEF, local authorities, Civil Protection, the Royal Gendarmerie, the Royal Air Forces, the Armed Forces Royal and Auxiliary Forces, have made it possible to significantly reduce the potential socio-ecological damage linked to this scourge.

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