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.
01-30 March 2019 Window for prescribed burning operations in Zschornoer Wald Nature Reserve with associated 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 (J.G. Goldammer and Lindon Pronto); Zschornoer Wald Nature Reserve, Germany (details to follow)
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.
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.
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.