PRESS RELEASE

GFMC and the Office of the Prime Minister of Greece

09 August 2018


 

Following the publication of an interview of the head of the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), Prof. Dr. Johann Georg Goldammer, by the Greek News Agency ANA-MPA on 4 August 2018, a phone conversation between the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Alexis Tsipras, was held on 7 August 2018. In this phone conversation, Prime Minister Tsipras asked Prof. Goldammer if he would be available to set up and lead a Commission under the aegis of GFMC. The aim of the committee will be to investigate the underlying causes of the recent tragedy in Mati, and more importantly, to develop recommendations for required reforms and policy measures in order to prevent such disastrous events in the future. On a press conference today the Prime Minister added that the move aimed at excluding any possibility of political influence and biased findings.

GFMC has accepted this proposal and will release further news about details of the composition of the team of experts from Greece and the modus operandi of the Commission.

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The GFMC is a subdivision of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and is associated with the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) through the Science & Technology Partnership and its membership in the former UNISDR Inter-Agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction.

In this context, the GFMC is coordinator and secretariat of the Global Wildland Fire Network, the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group and the International Fire Aviation Working Group (IFAWG). Furthermore, GFMC is serving as secretariat of the International Wildfire Preparedness Mechanism (IWPM). The Tools of the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) are aimed at advising / supporting nations and the United Nations in Capacity Building in Landscape Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction.

The GMFC is serving as a Specialized Center under the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement of the Council of Europe and collaborates with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in developing national fire management policies and fire management capacities, specifically in following up the Basel OSCE Ministerial Council Decision No. 6/14 on Enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction.

Selected reports in Greek media

GFMC Guidelines and Training Materials in Greek language