GFMC Calendar 2019


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Preparation of GFMC activities in 2019

January 2019

03 January 2019
Meeting of the National Committee on Perspectives of Landscape Fire Management in Greece; Thessaloniki / Athens, Greece.

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.

February 2019

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.

Briefing of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Maximos Mansion by the Committee, with participation of State Minister Dimitrios Tsanakopoulos and the Secretary for Civil Protection, Ioannis Tafyllis (on 7 February 2019). ©Photo: Maximos.

Handing over the Report to the Hellenic Parliament. From left: Committee Chair Johann Georg Goldammer, Mr. Nikolaos Voutsis, President of the Hellenic Parliament, 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.
©Photo: Hellenic Parliament-Photographer: Aliki Eleftheriou
Athens-Greece

On 8 February 2019 the report was handed over to the President of the Hellenic Republic, His Excellency Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulos (Center). ©Photo: ANA-MPA.

At the Presidential Mansion (Proedrikό Mégaro) the President of the Hellenic Republic and the Commission discussed the consequences of climate change and land-use change on future risks of dangerous landscape fires and the measures to be taken. ©Photo: ANA-MPA.

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.

March 2019

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.

19-21 March 2019

Aerial Firefighting Conference Europe 2019 (co-sponsored by GFMC and UNISDR-IWPM); Nimes, France

Aerial firefighting demonstration

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

April 2019

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.

08 April 2019
Prescribed burning operations and suppression firing training in Oster Military Forest District conducted by GFMC (J.G. Goldammer); Oster Forest District, Ukraine.

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.

The CSA Graduate Workshop flag and group photo

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.

25 April 2019
GFMC Comments on the wildfire situation in Thüringen State, Germany

Interview with GFMC Director J.G Goldammer in MDR Aktuell
On the wildfire situation in Thüringen State, Germany
(25 April 2019)
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Editorial remark: The URL to the News Broadcast is no longer available.

May 2019

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

The IGNITE Stage offered an opportunity to brief the attendees of the GPDRR to the concept of Integrated Landscape Fire Management concepts and planning. Photo: German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV)

For the video recording of the presentation and discussion see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrRF6704W9w

Statements Session: Statement by the GFMC on behalf of the Global Wildland Fire Network and the International Wildfire Preparedness Mechanism (PDF 0.4 MB)

For the video recording of the GFMC Statement see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qriGSwT63xY

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.

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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.

Screenshots of the documentary showing GFMC staff (F. Casillas, L. Pronto, J.G. Goldammer), the firefighting tank operating on UXO-contaminated terrain in 2018, and the French partners of SDIS-13, France. The film is available until 23 June 2919: https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/081546-000-A/wenn-europa-brennt/

June 2019

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.

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, with GFMC contribution “Landscape fires in the new landscape global scenario. Vision of the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC)“ (J.G. Goldammer); Santiago de Chile, Chile.

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.

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