Taming Wildfires in the Context of Climate Change
This report provides a global assessment and outlook on wildfire risk in the context
of climate change. It discusses the drivers behind the growing incidence of extreme
wildfires and the attribution effect of climate change. It outlines the environmental,
social and economic impacts of wildfires by illustrating the losses and costs observed
during recent extreme wildfire events. Building on this, the report presents the findings
of a cross-country comparative analysis of how countries’ policies and practices have
evolved in recent years in light of observed and projected changes in wildfire risk.
The analysis draws on in-depth case studies conducted in Australia, Costa Rica, Greece,
Portugal and the United States. The report underlines the urgent need for governments
to scale up climate change adaptation efforts to limit future wildfire costs.
Available from May 17, 2023