The devastating effects of the fire that broke out in August and then developed into the most destructive fire in the recent history of the European Union are limited to less than a quarter of the area of ​​the Dadia forest, according to the first assessment published by the Natural Environment and Climate Organization of Change (OFYPEKA).

Despite the undeniably large scale of the destruction, OFYPEKA calculates that the high severity – which corresponds to the destruction of almost all the vegetation – does not exceed 23.3% of the area of ​​the national park.

On the other hand, 42.26% of the forest remained unburnt, while in the remaining 34.44% the severity of the fire is characterized as low or medium severity, which means that only bushes, grasses and low parts of trees were burned, with a large part of the foliage and needle remains intact.

The picture is similar and slightly better for the two cores of the Dadia National Park, as it is estimated that more than 55% of these zones of high importance remained unburnt, while even in the sections affected by the flames, the high intensity does not exceed 14 .5%.

The first assessment by OFYPEKA was made using high-resolution satellite images, combined with autopsy findings.

“In the same way, the gradual course of restoration of the ecosystem of the affected area will be recorded. In this direction, OFYPEKA is launching the preparation and implementation of a monitoring program, while it will also carry out a restoration study”, notes the Organization in its announcement.