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Observational Evidence of the Need for Gender-Sensitive Approaches to Wildfires Locally and Globally: Case Study of 2018 Wildfire in Mati, Greece

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Biomass Group, Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Young Ambassadors of the Mediterranean (GAMe), Réseau Méditerranéen des Ecoles d’Ingénieurs, Ecole Centrale Marseille, UNESCO Chair in Innovation and Sustainable Development (651), CEDEX 20, 13451 Marseille, France
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Academic Editor: Chris Shiel
Sustainability 2021, 13(3), 1556; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031556
Received: 4 December 2020 / Revised: 18 December 2020 / Accepted: 27 January 2021 / Published: 2 February 2021
The study takes an equality justice perspective to compare resilience against the controlled management of wildfires, for an effective preparedness, which is a prerequisite for equitable mitigation. The objectives were (a) conceptualizing wildfire mitigation by exploring the ties with gender equality to wildfire hazards, (b) taking the case of wildfire 2018 in Mati, Greece, to contribute reducing the country’s gender inequality, and (c) increasing resilience to climate change hazards by considering lessons learnt. The authors underscore the benefits of a workshop-based and instrumental case study methodology for unravelling evidence on the need for gender-sensitive approaches and tools for future planning at local, regional, and global scales. The case study unravels women’s lack of preparedness to wildfires in Greece, their absence in decision-making for fire management, and the need for capacity building to transform communities’ resilience. The literature research and the specific interviews conducted helped bring awareness to the wildfire’s dynamics, in alignment with the fundamental aspect of gender equality, and to ground recommendations for socio-ecological resilience transition and gender-sensitive approaches in fire management, from reactive fire-fighting to proactive integration. Although in the geographical-context, the study can bring widespread geographical awareness, bringing insights for relevance to similar areas worldwide. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; wildfires; resilience; gender equality; TARGET project; Greece climate change; wildfires; resilience; gender equality; TARGET project; Greece
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Zabaniotou, A.; Pritsa, A.; Kyriakou, E.-A. Observational Evidence of the Need for Gender-Sensitive Approaches to Wildfires Locally and Globally: Case Study of 2018 Wildfire in Mati, Greece. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1556. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031556

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Zabaniotou A, Pritsa A, Kyriakou E-A. Observational Evidence of the Need for Gender-Sensitive Approaches to Wildfires Locally and Globally: Case Study of 2018 Wildfire in Mati, Greece. Sustainability. 2021; 13(3):1556. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031556

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Zabaniotou, Anastasia, Anastasia Pritsa, and E-A Kyriakou. 2021. "Observational Evidence of the Need for Gender-Sensitive Approaches to Wildfires Locally and Globally: Case Study of 2018 Wildfire in Mati, Greece" Sustainability 13, no. 3: 1556. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031556

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