The Wildfire Emergency in Chile 2017: The Follow-up Process
Second Regional Symposium and Consultation on Cross-boundary Cooperation in Fire Management in South America On 2-3 October 2017, the National Forest Corporation of Chile (Corporación Nacional Forestal – CONAF) and GFMC convened the Second Regional Symposium and Consultation on Cross-boundary Cooperation in Fire Management in South America in Viña del Mar, Chile. The consultation was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Public Safety, and the Ministry of Agriculture of Chile, with the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). The Consultation was attended by delegates of organizations and agencies of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The participants of the consultation released the Declaración de Viña del Mar 2017 / Declaration of Viña del Mar 2017 on Cross-Boundary Cooperation in Fire Management in South America:
Country representatives from nine South American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela) agreed on the “Viña del Mar Declaration on Cross-boundary Cooperation in Fire Management”. Photo: CONAF.
The Wildfire Emergency in Chile 2017: Initiation of the Follow-up Process The wildfire emergency in Chile in early 2017 has demonstrated need and urgency to take the next steps towards the creation of interoperability between neighboring nations for wildfire crisis management. Common standards for training and firefighting operations are essential for enhancing the preparedness for cooperative safe, effective and efficient wildfire response. The GFMC and the Chilean authorities decided to follow up the symposium held in Uruguay in 2016 and to convene a second regional event entitled Second Regional Consultation on Regional Cooperation in Cross-boundary Fire Management in South America. The consultation will be held in Chile, 2-3 October 2017.
On-site visit of regional fire management teams, reconnaissance flights of burned areas and political consultations with the Corporacion Nacional Forestal (CONAF) and other Chilean agencies (Photos: CONAF)
Regional Seminar on Integrated Fire Management in Tocantins
At this seminar, the results of the Project Cerrado Jalapao were presented, discussed and further steps agreed upon. A highlight of the seminar was opening of the Centro de Monitoramento Ambiental e Manejo do Fogo (Center for Environmental Monitoring and Fire Management); Federal University of Tocantins, Center of Environmental Monitoring and Fire Management, Gurupi, Brazil, 22-23 November 2016.
National Round Table on Fire Management in Uruguay, supported / facilitated by GFMC and the Regional South America Wildland Fire Network; Direccion Nacional de Bomberos, Montevideo, Uruguay (2 June 2016).
Participants of the First National Round Table on Fire Management at the National Directorate of the Fire Service, Montevideo, Uruguay
I Curso Internacional Gestión en Protección Contra Incendios Forestales, international course hosted in Chile and supported by the International Cooperation Agencies of AGSID (Chile) and JICA (Japan), Chile (21 March – 08 April 2016)
Seminar Fire Management in Protected Areas, hosted by the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, with GFMC contribution Fire Management on Protected Areas with particular emphasis on UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites; Training Academy of Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation / National Academy of Biodiversity (ACADEBio), Floresta Nacional de Ipanema, Iperó, State of São Paulo, Brazil. (2-5 July 2013)
Group Photo of Brazilian and International Seminar participants (4 July 2013)
International Workshop on Fire Management as a Tool for Wildfire Prevention, a collaboration activity between JICA Brasil and the National Center for Wild Fire Prevention and Combat Prevfogo, under the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Natural Renewable Resources Ibama. The workshop was supported with participation of the Global Wildland Fire Network and a GFMC presentation by the coordinator of the UNISDR Regional Subsahara Wildland Fire Network; Brasilia, Brazil (12-14 March 2012)