Planting trees


The severe forest fires in western Portugal in 2017 burnt down the forests around Ferraria de São João. María Rodrigues (40) and her entire village were left with trauma and the fear of the next fire.

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Fear for belongings

“Nature gave us a slap in the face”, says María.

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New trees

To save the forests, the Portuguese woman started replacing fire-prone trees with fire-resistant ones.

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Fire risk

Drier weather has made wildfires harder to control and increased the risk factors for large fires, says Professor Maarten van Aalst of the University of Twente.

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