Sub-Regional Euro-Alpine Wildland Fire Network

A Sub-Region of the Global Wildland Fire Network


Forest and other vegetation fires are threatening the ecological heritage of the Alpine environment, which is highly vulnerable to fire. This vulnerability is increased by the consequences of regional climate change resulting in decreasing precipitation, increased temperature and weather extremes. The depopulation and overexploitation of the mountain region contributes to this development. The main objective of the sub-regional network is to reduce the extent and impacts of wildfires by building cooperative regional capacities in wildland fire research and management, notably through competency-based training and improvement of preparedness and ability to control wildfires.
Photo credits: NASA, CEREN, E. Valese, G. Cesti, R. Rivelli

 

The Regional Network is a cooperative effort with the GOFC/GOLD Network


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Sub-Regional Euro-Alpine Wildland Fire Network

A Region of the Global Wildland Fire Network

Introduction


In July 2008 the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG) followed the suggestions of the countries of the European Alpine region to address the specific forest fire problems in the high-altitude region of the Alps and to establish a Sub-Regional Wildland Fire Network. The sub-regional network is located between the geographic areas of the Eurasian, the SE European / Caucasus and the Mediterranean Regional Wildland Fire Networks. It is also part of the region of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) region in which the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire is operational. With the launch of the Austrian Forest Fire Research Initiative (AFFRI) and the Alpine Forest Fire Warning System (ALPF FIRS) project in 2009 consensus was reached that these two projects would play an important role in advancing research and development in the Euro-Alpine region.

The project Alpine Forest Fire Warning System (ALPF FIRS) aims to improve forest fire prevention in the Alpine Space with the creation of a shared warning system based on weather condition affecting fire potential. The main goal is the development of a decision support tool for actors involved in forest fire prevention and suppression, consisting in a daily fire danger level assessment and forecast to identify critical periods in advance of their potential occurrence.

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SUB-REGIONAL EURO-ALPINE WILDLAND FIRE NETWORK

A Region of the Global Wildland Fire Network

Network Coordination


Following the recommendations of the meeting of the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG) at the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) in July 2008 and interests expressed by the Austrian Forest Fire Research Initiative (AFFRI) and at the inauguration meeting of the Alpine Forest Fire Warning System (ALPF FIRS) project in October 2009 the network coordination and facilitation will be shared between the Eastern and the Western Alpine Region:

Contact Eastern Euro-Alpine Region

Dr. Harald Vacik
Institute of Silviculture
Department of Forest and Soil Sciences
University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna
Peter Jordanstr. 82
A-1190 Vienna
Austria

 Tel:      +43-1-47654-4052
Fax:     +43-1-47654-4092
e-mail: harald.vacik@boku.ac.at
web: http://www.wabo.boku.ac.at/vacik.html?&L=1

Contact Western Euro-Alpine Region

Dr. Adrien Mangiavillano
CEREN (Test and Research Center of the Entente for the Mediterranean Forest)
Domaine de Valabre – Sécurité Civile
13120 Gardanne
France

Tel:      +33-442-608 692
Fax:     +33-442-608 685
Email:  a.mangiavillano@valabre.com

Euro-Alpine Network Facilitator

Dr. Eva Valese
TESAF – Facoltà di Agraria
Università degli Studi di Padova
Padova
Italy

Tel:      +39-04-9827-2700
Cell:    +39-34-9603-4739
e-mail: eva.valese@unipd.it

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SUB-REGIONAL EURO-ALPINE WILDLAND FIRE NETWORK

A Region of the Global Wildland Fire Network

Background Information, Regional and National Wildland Fire Reports


Online Publications

Hartmut Gossow, H., R. Hafellner, H. Vacik, T. Huber. 2008. Major Fire Issues in the Euro-Alpine Region – the Austrian Alps. UNECE/FAO int. Forest Fire News No. 38 (in press) (PDF, 0.5 MB)

Valese, E. 2008. Wildland fires in the Alpine Region of Italy: what’s old, what’s new. What’s next?UNECE/FAO int. Forest Fire News No. 38 (in press) (PDF, 0.2 MB)

Zumbrunnen, T., H. Bugmann, M. Conedera, M. Buergi. 2009. Linking Forest Fire Regimes and Climate – A Historical Analysis in a Dry Inner Alpine Valley. Ecosystems, DOI: 10.1007/s10021-008-9207-3 (PDF, 1 MB)

Pezzatti, G.B., S. Bajocco, D. Torriani and M. Conedera. 2009. Fire Regimes In Southern Europe. Selective burning of forest vegetation in Canton Ticino (southern Switzerland). Plant Biosystems 143, 609-620. DOI: 10.1080/11263500903233292 (PDF, 0,3 MB)

Conedera, M., G. Cesti, G.B. Pezzatti, T. Zumbrunnen, F. Spinedi. 2006. Lightning-induced fires in the Alpine region: An increasing problem. Forest Ecology and Management 234 (Supplement 1), doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2006.08.096 (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Gossow, H., R. Hafellner, N. Arndt. 2007. More forest fires in the Austrian Alps – a real coming danger? In: Managing Alpine Future – Proceedings of the Innsbruck Conference, 15-17October 2007 (A. Borsdorf, J. Stötter and E. Veuillet, eds.), 356-362.Verlag der Österreichischen Wissenschaften (PDF, 1 MB)

Valese, E. 2009. FDR Implementation and Calibration in the Alpine Region of Italy. (PDF, 0.2 MB)

Conedera, M., L. Peter, P. Marxer; F. Forster, D. Rickenmann, L. Re. 2003.Consequences of forest fires on the hydrogeological response of mountain catchments: A case study of the Riale Buffaga, Ticino, Switzerland. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 28, 117-129.http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/102523837/abstract

The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) in January 2010 published a comprehensive guideline document for practitioners „Living with Forest Fire“. The document can be downloaded at the WSL website or at the GFMC repository:

Non-online Publications

Wohlgemuth, T., M. Moretti, M. Conedera, B. Moser. 2006. Ecological resilience after fire in mountain forests of the Central Alps. Forest Ecol. Manage. 234, Supp. 1, S200, doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2006.08.319.

Gossow, H., R. Hafellner, N. Arndt. 2007. More forest fires in the Austrian Alps – a real coming danger? In: Managing Alpine Future – Proceedings of the Innsbruck Conference October 15-17 2007 (A. Borsdorf, J. Stötter and E. Veuillet, eds.), 356-362. Verlag der Österreichischen Wissenschaften.

Arndt, N., A. Arpaci; H. Gossow, P. Ruiz Rodrigo, H. Vacik. 2009: A forest fire hazard based on the estimation of tourist hot spot activities in Austria, In: Advances in Remote Sensing and GIS applications in Forest Fire Managenment. Towards an Operational Use of Remote Sensing in Forest Fire Management. 7th International Workshop of the EARSeL Special Interest Group (SIG) on Forest Fires, Matera, Italy, 2-5 September 2009 (E. Chuvieco and R. Lasaponara, eds.), 51-55.

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Sub-Regional Euro-Alpine Wildland Fire Network

A Region of the Global Wildland Fire Network

Wildland Fire Monitoring and Early Warning


European Wildland Fire Monitoring and Early Warning

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Sub-Regional Euro-Alpine Wildland Fire Network

A Region of the Global Wildland Fire Network

Institutions, Projects and other Wildland Fire Links


Alpine Forest Fire Warning System (ALPF FIRS) project
Austrian Forest Fire Research Initiative (AFFRI)
Mountain Forum Global Network
Switzerland fire publications published by GFMC (UNECE/FAO International Forest Fire News – IFFN)
Eurasian Fire in Nature Conservation Network (EFNCN)
Working on Fire International (IFM Services)
Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC)

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Sub-Regional Euro-Alpine Wildland Fire Network

A Region of the Global Wildland Fire Network

Network Meetings and other Networking Activities


ALPFFIRS Mid-term Meeting

The ALPFFIRS mid-term meeting will be held 1-2 February 2012 in Desenzano del Garda (Brescia-Italy)

ALPFFIRS Workshop

L’atelier Alpin sur les Brûlages Dirigés et les Feux Tactiques (Workshop on Prescribed Burning and Tactical Fires) will be held 7-8 March 2012, Vence, Alpes Maritimes, France.

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