Implementation of Phase III of the establishment of the Regional Fire Management Resource Center – South East Asia (RFMRC-SEA) (Bogor, Indonesia)
Establishment of the Regional Fire Management Resource Center – Latin America Region (RFMRC-LAR) (Santiago, Chile, and Gurupi, Brazil)
Establishment of the Regional Central Eurasia Fire Monitoring Center (Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation)
Implementation of the project FIRE-IN – Fire and Rescue Innovation Network, a project conducted in the frame of the EU Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 Secured societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens (SEC-21-GM-2016-2017 – Pan-European Networks of Practitioners and other Actors in the Field of Security), with GFMC lead in WG Vegetation Fire Crisis Mitigation
10 January 2019 On-site field inspection of Calluna vulgaris heathland conservation areas for preparation of prescribed burning, Gluecksburger Heide, Sachsen Anhalt State (J.G. Goldammer); Seyda, Elster, Germany.
The Gluecksburger Heide is a former military training and shooting range of the German Air force (until 1945) and the Soviet Army (1945-1990), nowadays a conservation area belong to the DBU Naturerbe GmbH (German Federal Environment Foundation) and is managed by the German Federal Forest Service. Rapid forest succession and invasion is threatening the protected heathland and requires the use of prescribed fire to regenerate Calluna vulgaris and halt the invasion of tree cover. – On-site field visit by GFMC, the German Service Provider for Fire and Disaster Protection DiBuKa and the Federal Forest Service. Photos: Luftbild Digital.
28-30 January 2019 Second Workshop of the Thematic Working Group Landscape Fire Crisis Mitigation (TWG-C) of the project FIRE-IN – Fire and Rescue Innovation Network, a project conducted in the frame of the EU Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 Secured Societies – Protecting Freedom and Security of Europe and its Citizens (SEC-21-GM-2016-2017 – Pan-European Networks of Practitioners and other Actors in the Field of Security), chaired by GFMC (L. Pronto, J.G. Goldammer); Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Officiers de Sapeurs-Pompiers (ENSOSP), Aix-en-Provence, France.
Opening of the Workshop by the Leadership of the host ENSOSP and by GFMC
Participants of the workshop include FIRE-IN Partners and Associated Experts from all over Europe Photos: ENSOSP
31 January 2019
Internal kickoff meeting of the implementation of the project “Network of European hubs for civil protection and crisis management”, with pilot hub “Wildfire Risk Management” (GFMC partner) (L. Pronto, J.G. Goldammer); Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Officiers de Sapeurs-Pompiers, Aix-en-Provence, France.
01 February 2019 Tripartite online conference between the Secretariat of the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) (G. Silvestrini), the Secretariat of the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV) (B. Thiebes) and with GFMC (J.G. Goldammer) on future collaboration between EUR-OPA and DKKV; Strasbourg, Bonn, Freiburg.
GFMC online meeting with EUR-OPA Secretariat. From left: G. Silvestrini and P. Cadeac.
07-08 February 2019 Submission of the Report of the Committee on the Future of Landscape Fire Management and Wildfire Risk Reduction in Greece (GFMC Chair) to the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Alexis Tsipras, and the President of the Hellenic Parliament, Mr. Nikolaos Voutsis, and the leaders of the Parliamentary Commissions leaders (Mrs. Aikaterini Igglezi, MP and Chair of the Special Standing Committee on the Protection of the Environment; Mrs. Chara Kafantari, MP and Chair of the Standing Committee on Production and Commerce; Mr. Mr Antonios Syrigos, MP and Chair of the Standing Committee on Public Administration, Public Order and Justice); Briefing of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulos; Press Conference and meeting with Members of the Hellenic Parliament; Maximos Mansion, Hellenic Parliament, Presidential Mansion (Proedrikό Mégaro), Athens, Greece.
18 February 2019 Meeting of the Economic and Environment Committee of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), with GFMC report on the results of activities in Landscape Fire Disaster Risk Reduction in OSCE Participating States (J.G. Goldammer); OSCE Secretariat, Hofburg, Vienna, Austria.
With the presentation “The Involvement of the OSCE in Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction: A Retrospective of Joint Efforts with the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) 2006-2018” the head of GFMC reported about the progress in development of fire management capacities in OSCE Participating States, which led to the Basel OSCE Ministerial Council Decision No. 6/2014 “Enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction” and the post-Basel fire management / wildfire DRR agenda 2015-2018 in the Participating States. Photo: OSCE Secretariat.
21 February 2019 Joint consultation on the future of Landscape Fire Management in Germany with the heads of the German Federal Forest Service (BIMA Sparte Bundesforst), Mr. Gunther Brinkman, and the German Federal Agency for Disaster Relief (Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk THW), Mr. Alfred Broemme), and the Director of GFMC (Johann Georg Goldammer); BIMA Bundesforst, Bonn, Germany.
23 February – 03 March 2019 Field mission addressing fire management and policy development in Madagascar in the frame of the project “Projet d’appui pour le renforcement des capacités en économie de la gestion durable et de la dégradation des terres”, a cooperative project between the Laboratoire Terres Paysages et Développement (LLandDev) du Département des Eaux et Forêts, Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Agronomiques (ESSA-Forêts), the German Development Corporation GIZ and the SV BoDeN Initiative “ELD et ProSol“ (J.G. Goldammer) ; Antananarivo, Ankarafantsika (Tanà + Boeny), Madagascar.
The Fire Management Week in Madagascar challenged the national and international participants to define solutions for reducing excessive landscape fires that have resulted to extreme erosion, runoff and siltation of water bodies and sensitive ecosystems of the country. From top to down: “Lavaka” erosion, sediment-loaded rivers, and fire- and soil-protection measures as possible solutions to halt the degradation of Madagascar’s landscapes. Last photo: The malgache and international team.
08 March 2019 Presentation of the Report of the Independent Committee tasked to Analyze the Underlying Causes and Explore the Perspectives for the Future Management of Landscape Fires in Greece” (GFMC, coord.) to the European Commission (DG ECHO – European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, Unit A3 – Disaster Risk Reduction, European Voluntary Humanitarian Corps) in the frame of the activities of the Disaster Prevention Expert Group (I. Mitsopoulos, G. Eftychidis); European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.
08 March 2019 Presentation of the National Committee on Perspectives of Landscape Fire Management in Greece to the European Commission, DG ECHO, Disaster Prevention Expert Group (I. Mitsopoulos, G. Eftychidis); Brussel, Belgium.
Presentation of the recommendations of the Committee by by Ioannis Mitsopoulos. Photo: G. Eftychidis.
09 March 2019 In following up the National Round Table Fires in the Natural and Cultural Landscapes of Ukraine: Development of National Natural Fire Management Policy“, held on 26 October 2017 at the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULESU), the Rector of NULESU visited the Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) to be briefed on the Second National Round Table to be held on 09 April 2019 with the support of GFNMC and the Council of Europe; Kyiv, REEFMC / National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULESU), Ukraine.
Briefing of Prof. Dr. Stanislav Nikolaenko, Rector of NULESU (left), by the Director of REEFMC, Prof. Dr. Sergiy V. Zibtsev (right). Photo: NULESU.
10 March 2019 Visit of the Minister for Environment and Tourism, Members of the Parliament of Mongolia and the Director General of the MET Department of Forest Policy and Coordination and Director of the Regional Fire Management Resource Center – Central Asia Region (RFMR-CAR), Dr. Oyunsanaa Byambasuren, in Germany, with briefing and consultations on cooperation between GFMC (J.G. Goldammer) and RFMR-CAR/MET; Frankfurt, Germany.
15 March 2019 Working Group meeting of the implementation of the project “Network of European hubs for civil protection and crisis management”, with pilot hub “Wildfire Risk Management” (GFMC partner) (J.G. Goldammer); Brussels, Belgium.
Eulogy by Johann Georg Goldammer, Secretary of the International Fire Aviantion Working Group (IFAWG) and Director of GFMC (left), and presentation of the Walt Darren Award for Safety in Aerial Firefighting to Riccardo Filippi (right)
23 March 2019 Prescribed conservation burning in Zschornoer Wald Nature Reserve (Germany), associated with the FireSense experiment aimed at development of improved algorithms and products for the quantitative assessments of landscape fires and their emissions of trace gases and aerosols or validation and calibration of satellite by testing polar-orbiting satellites accompanied with fixed-wing aircraft and UAV; Zschornoer Wald Nature Reserve, Germany.
UAV imagery of a fireline segment used for satellite validation
25 March 2019 The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, and the Rector of the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NUBiP), Prof. Dr. Stanislav Nikolaenko familiarized themselves with the work of the Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC). The head of the state met with the REEFMC head, Prof. Dr. Sergiy Zibtsev, staff of teachers and students of the university, and visited the exposition of the REEFMC and was informed about the main directions of the center’s activities in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone (ChEZ), the social and ecological consequences of fires in the ChEZ, the operations of joint forces and the problem of agricultural burnings in Ukraine; Kyiv, NUBiP, Ukraine.
President of Ukraine (right), Rector of the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (middle) and the head of REEFMC (left) meeting at REEFMC. Photo: NUBiP
05 April 2019 Preparatory meeting of German institutions contributing to the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019 (13-17 May 2019), convened by the German Federal Office for Population Protection and Disaster Assistance (Bundesamt für Bevölkerungsschutz und Katastrophenhilfe), with GFMC contributions (J.G. Goldammer); GIZ, Bonn, Germany.
Handing over the drip torch to the local foresters. Photos: Katharina
The Oster Forest District Fire Team – See more impressions on the special web page (to follow)
09 April 2019 Second National Round Table “Fires in the Natural and Cultural Landscapes of Ukraine: Developing a National Policy for the Wildfires Management”: Consultation on the draft Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning the Immediate Elimination of the Crisis Situation Due to Forest Fires”, and initiative of the Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center with the support of the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) and the Council of Europe; Kyiv, REEFMC / National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULESU), Ukraine.
The Round Table was opened by the Rector of NULESU, Prof. Dr. Stanislav Nikolaenko, and by Prof. Dr. Petro Lakyda, Director of the Institute of Forestry and Landscape-Park Management (right). Workshop conveners (Prof. Dr. Sergiy V. Zibtsev and Prof. Dr. Johann Georg Goldammer) at the left.
Participants of the Round Table from different Ukrainian agencies, the Parliament, forestry enterprises and academia.
14-17 April 2019 Follow-up activities of the project “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus”; Georgia.
19 April 2019 IMPERIALISMS 2019 CSA Graduate Student Workshop, with GFMC contribution “See the Forester for the Trees” (Jameson Karns); Stanford Center for South Asia, Stanford University, Stanford, California, U.S.A.
24 April 2019 Ireland India Institute Conference on South Asia, with GFMC contribution “Die Indischen Wälder: Germany and the birth of the Indian Forest Department (1855-1910)” (Jameson Karns); Dublin, Ireland.
06 May 2019 Working Group meeting of the implementation of the project Network of European Hubs for Civil Protection and Crisis Management, with pilot hub Wildfire Risk Management (GFMC partner) (J.G. Goldammer); Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
09 May 2019 Assembly of the German Forest Association (Deutscher Forstverein) with GFMC (J.G. Goldammer) contribution Deutschland – Waldbrandland? (Germany – Forest Fire Country?) in the frame of the seminar Katastrophenwald (Disaster Forest”; Dresden, Germany.
Post-Assembly Interview and TV Report by MDR “Was passiert nach einem Waldbrand”? The interview addresses the suggestion to reflect on traditional concepts of agroforestry in open oak and pine stands, which would be more resilient to climate extremes (drought, wind) and fire (Broadcasted by MDR on 15 May 2019)
13-17 May 2019 UNISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) 2019, with GFMC participation (J.G. Goldammer) representing the Global Wildland Fire Network (GWFN) and the Regional Fire Management Resource Centers; UN Geneva, Switzerland
14-16 May 2019 Annual workshop of the project FIRE-IN – Fire and Rescue Innovation Network, a project conducted in the frame of the EU Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 Secured Societies – Protecting Freedom and Security of Europe and its Citizens (SEC-21-GM-2016-2017 – Pan-European Networks of Practitioners and other Actors in the Field of Security), with public presentation of the Thematic Working Group Vegetation (Landscape) Fire Crisis Mitigation (TWG-C) (L. Pronto); Ministry of Home Affairs, Barcelona, Spain.
Presentation and dissemination of preliminary project results of the FIRE-IN Thematic Working Group on Landscape Fire Crisis Mitigation. Photo: SAFE-Cluster
25 May 2019 ARTE/ZDF documentary “The Power of Fire – Europe is Burning” (Die Macht des Feuers – Wenn Europa brennt; by Almut Faass), covering the views of various institutions in Europe, including GFMC and partners.
08 June 2019 Follow-up of the Symposium The Fathers of American Forestry: Assembly of the families of Sir Dietrich Brandis and Carl Alwin Schenck – hosted by the Global Fire Monitoring Center at GFMC in Freiburg, Germany, 10 November 2018: Meeting of the Schenck Family and presentation of the GFMC book publication “Carl Alwin Schenck. Memoiren 1868 bis 1887” (Carl Alwin Schenck. Memoirs 1868 to 1887); Darmstadt, Germany.
Goldammer, J.G. und J. Karns (Hrsg.). 2019. Carl Alwin Schenck. Memoiren 1868 bis 1887. Forstbuchverlag Kessel, 328 p. ISBN 978-3-945941-56-0
13 June 2019 Preparation of a fire experiment devoted to investigation of post-fire water repellency (BSc thesis of Anna Ververis), with the support of GFMC and the Emmendingen-Mundingen Volunteer Fire Service; Emmendingen-Mundingen Community Forest, Germany.
Research site inspection visit with A. Ververis (left), GFMC Chief and Mundingen Fire Brigade Team
14 June 2019 Demonstration of specialized landscape fire training and equipment of Kappel Volunteer Fire Service, a Volunteer Fire Service Unit of the Office for Fire and Disaster Protection, City of Freiburg i.Br. (Germany), under the guidance of GFMC and with a specialized mobile landscape fire suppression unit of DiBuKa Services; for documentation of the SWR TV REPORT MAINZ; Freiburg-Kappel, Germany.
Explanations of the landscape fire management training and equipment concept to the SWR TV Team. Photo: Heiko Huchthausen (DiBuKa).
20-21 June 2019 International Seminar on Planning and Prevention of Landscape Fires and the Role of Landscape Restoration, organized by the Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) under the Initiative 20×20, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, with GFMC GFMC opening keynote address “Landscape fires in the new landscape global scenario. Vision of the Global Fire Monitoring Center“ (J.G. Goldammer); Santiago de Chile, Chile.
The Seminar Group, hosted by the Chilean Wildfire Prevention Mascot Forestín.
GFMC delivering the keynote address. Photos: Ricardo San Martin, CONAF
25-26 June 2019
Consultation Workshop on the development of a concept for a European Hub for Civil Protection and Crisis Management in the frame of the implementation of the project Network of European Hubs for Civil Protection and Crisis Management, with pilot hub Wildfire Risk Management (GFMC partner) (J.G. Goldammer); Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Attendees from UCPM Participating States and specialized institutions contributed to the Consultation Workshop. Photo: Ecorys.
01-05 July 2019 OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) Environmental Focal Points Training on Environmental Risks and Emergency Preparedness “Toxic Industrial Material Reconnaissance & Assessment Course (TIMRAC)”. This training course aims at strengthening capacities of the OSCE SMM Environmental Focal Points in the area of environmental emergency preparedness with a view to reinforcing the safety and security of the SMM Mission members. The training will strengthen the knowledge and awareness of the EFPs on the type of environmental risks and emergencies that the SMM Mission members might face, and familiarize the EFPs with applicable safety rules, monitoring and reporting, and tools for rapid assessment. GFMC Contribution: “Wildfire Hazards Resulting from Collateral Damages of Armed Conflicts and Post-Conflict Threats by Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and Land Mines” (J.G. Goldammer on 01 July 2019); Austrian Army, Vienna Penzing, Austria.
TIMRAC Course organizers (OSCE Secretariat and the Austrian Army) and the group of trainees and resource persons
01-04 July 2019 GFMC support for wildfire assessment and incident management on the former Luebtheen military exercise area and weapons depot, with heavy explosions threatening the safety of local populations and firefighters. Deployment of the armoured firefighting system developed by DiBuKa and GFMC; Luebtheen, Germany.
Aerial reconnaissance of the Luebtheen wildfire on 02 July 2019 at 13:30 UTC: Aerial view of wildfire burning under canopy and camera observations including infrared (FLIR) determination of the fire spread below-canopy.
Large tracts of active and former military training / shooting ranges are contaminated by unexploded ordnance (UXO). On the former Luebtheen Military Training Range UXO is also stemming from an ammunition depot of the German Navy (Kriegsmarine – up to the end of WWII). During wildfires exploding UXO pose a major threat to the ground and aerial firefighters.
Confining the fire on UXO-contaminated terrain by narrow fire breaks (in case of fires burning against the wind).
Widening and construction of new firebreaks ahead of the wildfire (safety distance on UXO-contaminated terrain: 1000m)
The SPOT-55 armored firefighting tank – the only permissible ground tool for direct fire attack.
Alt Jabel village was evacuated and a buffer zone (fuel break) constructed
Incident management planning at Luebtheen emergency coordination center and discussions with representatives from Mecklenburg Vorpommern State: Minister for Agriculture and Environment, MPV State Forest Service; Federal Level: State Secretary for Agriculture and Food, Federal Agency for Disaster Relief and Federal German Forest Service; with head of GFMC.Briefing by the German Army (in charge of fuel break construction)Press conference by the incident commander, county commissioner Stefan Sternberg, and Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State, Manuela Schwesig. Source of all Photos: GFMC
06-11 July 2019 GFMC statements on the status of fire management in Germany
11 July 2019 Online meeting of the trilateral project between Ecuador, Brazil and Costa Rica (2019-2021), with the support of GFMC “Strengthening Technical and Institutional Capacities in Ecuador in Integrated Fire Management in Conservation Areas” (Misión de Preparación de la Propuesta Cooperación Trilateral Ecuador – Brasil – Costa Rica – Alemania: “Fortalecimiento de las Capacidades Técnicas e Institucionales en el Ecuador para el Manejo Integral del Fuego en Áreas de Conservación”); GFMC, Quito (Ecuador) and Brasilia (Brazil).
30 July 2019 Continuation of specialized landscape fire training and equipment of Waltershofen Volunteer Fire Service, a Volunteer Fire Service Unit of the Office for Fire and Disaster Protection, City of Freiburg i.Br. (Germany), under the guidance of GFMC; Freiburg-Waltershofen, Germany.
Training of fireline construction, suppression firing and use of hand tools in a prescribed agricultural fire near Waltershofen. Photos: GFMC
05-13 August 2019 Evaluation of the prescribed burning operations on Calluna vulgaris heathlands on Sylt Island, in cooperation with Sylt Nature Conservancy (Naturschutzgemeinschaft Sylt) and County Conservation Administration (Untere Naturschutzbehörde Kreis Nordfriesland), following up the 2014-2018 burning programme (J.G. Goldammer); Sylt Island, Germany.
Revisit of the prescribed burn site in Braderup Heath (2014) with successful regeneration of heath (upper photo) and the effects of a clean burn in Morsum Heath (2018), together with a billboard explaining the use of prescribed fire for heathland restoration and maintenance. Photos: GFMC.
14 August 2019 GFMC training of County Fire Commissioners and Ministry for Interior of Sachsen-Anhalt State on (a) basics for training of fire management trainers, (b) landscape fire equipment, and (c) wildfire suppression on terrain contaminated by unexploded ordnance (UXO) (J.G. Goldammer); DiBuKa, Seehausen, Germany.
15 August 2019 Meeting with Parliamentary State Secretary and Member of Parliament (Bundestag) Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture, on strategic planning for the future of climate-change resilient forest and fire management (J.G. Goldammer); German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture, Berlin, Germany.
15 August 2019 Symposium „Forest Fires – Challenges for Avoidance and Management (“Waldbrand – Herausforderungen bei der Vermeidung und Bewältigung”), German Agency for Renewable Resources (Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe e.V. – FNR), with support of the World Climate Fund (WaldKlimaFonds): Definition for action and measures to be taken (J.G. Goldammer); Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture, Berlin, Germany.
24-28 August 2019 All-Russian conference with international participation, dedicated to 75th anniversary of V. N. Sukachev Institute of Forest SB RAS “Forest Ecosystems of Boreal Zone: Biodiversity, Bioeconomy, Ecological Risks”, with GFMC contribution “Evaluation of achievements in nature-based fire management and development of future cooperative approaches at the science-policy interface in Siberia and adjoining regions of Central Asia” (J.G. Goldammer); Sukachev Institute of Forest, Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation.
27 August 2019 Round Table “Evaluation of achievements in nature-based fire management and development of future cooperative approaches at the science-policy interface in Siberia and adjoining regions of Central Asia”; Sukachev Institute of Forest, Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation.
27 August 2019 Opening of the Regional Eurasia Fire Monitoring Center (REFMC) und the auspices of the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) and the Global Wildland Fire Network, with support of the Council of Europe (EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement); Sukachev Institute of Forest, Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation.