How the Tragic Algeria Wildfires Illuminate State Deficiencies

Blame game

Between 1985 and 2010, 42,555 forest fires were recorded in Algeria with an annual average of 1,637 fires and loss of around 35,000 hectares of land. The Kabylie region, which undergoes an annual drought period between June and September, suffers from particularly high afforestation rates due to its ideal conditions for regular wildfires.

Lessons to be learned

The current forest fire prevention strategy in place in Algeria is based on the principle of “minimum damage,” reflecting the lack of firefighting resource capabilities that ensures forested lands are protected.

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Yasmina Allouche

Yasmina Allouche

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Researcher/Journalist specialising in North Africa | Focus on Algeria |