Following the successful Chios Congress, “Our Response to the Fires”, in October 2012 the “Maria Tsakos” Foundation is sponsoring a National Round Table for Fire Management, to be held in Athens on May 14th, at the Eugenidion Foundation. The organizers also include the Global Fire Monitoring Center and the Greek Agricultural Organization “DEMETRA” with Dr G. Xanthopoulos, a forest fire specialist and scientist and the country’s representative to the United Nations relevant bodies.
The main objective of the Round Table is to create an interagency and cross-sectoral Forum with the participation of state agencies and civil society organizations. The Forum’s aim would be to address in a systematic and thorough way the problem of forest and other landscape fires and to elaborate further on an initial proposal to develop a National Fire Management Policy for Greece. Apparently, such a need is long overdue.