Devastating wildfires in Attica, Greece, have wrought destruction in residential areas, claiming the lives of least 85 people. Greece is in heavy mourning, the only positive piece of news coming from the vast outpouring of solidarity and support, which is making sure that basic needs on the ground in the aftermath of the destruction are being covered.
The Mayor of Athens Georgios Kaminis is in constant communication with the local authorities in the municipalities afflicted by the wildfires. This is the most severe natural disaster in recent history in the Attica region surrounding Athens, giving rise to a humanitarian crisis that does not require the typical humanitarian aid as there is plenty of food, medicine and shelter for all immediate needs.
With the utmost importance given to human safety, and allowing for the necessary time to pass before the underlying needs can emerge, the City of Athens will commission a study to research and propose an actionable and resilient reforestation plan for urban and peri-urban forested areas, given the tragedy that claimed close to a hundred human lives in the recent forest fires. We can learn from globally accumulated knowledge on Forest and Fire Resilience and put together the best possible Peri-Urban Forest Management and Fire Resilience Principles for the forested communities at the outskirts of the Athens Metropolitan area. "It is a sensible way for us to help address needs and plan for the future, " said Mayor Kaminis.
Funding will be collected by the Athens Partnership (AP), an independent, nonprofit organization with unique experience in realizing high-impact projects that leverage the resources and strengths of both city governments and private sector partners. The Athens Partnership is currently facilitating over a dozen major initiatives in coordination with the Municipality of Athens and global philanthropic leaders.
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