IWPM – Background Reading

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UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management (2013)

Background Reading

In preparation of the UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management, which was held at the United Nations in Geneva, 28-29 November 2013, which was sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture based on a decision of the German Bundestag, several studies were prepared and a fire management survey circulated to UNECE member states and other regions of the world. In accordance with the conclusions of the Forum the GFMC and associated wildland fire management experts from throughout the world followed up the recommendations.

Note to the readers: The original proposal to create an “International Wildfire Support Mechanism” (IWSM) (see paper ” Building Resilience of Nations and Communities to Wildfire”) was modified to this IWPM, and emphasis was shifted from creating an operational mutual assistance mechanism to a mechanism facilitating capacity building.

Participants of the UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management
Palais des Nations, Geneva, 28-29 November 2013

Supporting Materials: The UN White Paper on Vegetation Fires and Global Change

 

IWPM – Offers for Exchange

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Offers for Exchange Capacity Building in Fire Management

International exchange and training opportunities in fire management directly under the IWPM or by other initiatives are offered in 2015-2016

Some Recent Examples of Successful Exchange

The concept of the IWPM is based on existing expertise in wildland fire management capacity building. The selected examples, some of which have been facilitated by GFMC, others being result of bilateral exchange agreements, do not reflect the complete spectrum of successful projects and programmes at national and international levels.

 

IWPM – Background Reading IFAWG

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Fire Aviation Guidelines and International Manual of Common Rules for Fire Aviation


 

 

International Fire Aviation Working Group (IFAWG)

Background Reading

The International Fire Aviation Working Group (IFAWG) comprises an international group of aerial fire management specialists who lead and manage the use of aircraft for wildland fire management around the world. This group is made up of representatives from countries and jurisdictions who regularly utilize aerial means in managing landscape fire, including for firefighting. The IFAWG operates as a Working Group of the Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG) of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The group aims to improve the safety and effectiveness of aerial means by sharing information, experience and resources.

IFAWG joined the preparation, organization and follow-up of the UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management (UN Geneva, 2013) and contributed with the international consent-based Fire Aviation Guidelines.

In 2014 an Introductory Paper has been published by IFAWG. Starting in December 2014 Draft Part I of the International Fire Aviation Guidelines (incorporating the International Manual of Common Rules for Fire Aviation) are available for screening and comments (see left for download). Please send your comments to the IFAWG Secretariat.

Part II of the Fire Aviation Guidelines: The International Manual of Common Rules for Fire Aviation has been drafted and published in October 2017 for review and comments

 

 

IWPM

International Wildfire Preparedness Mechanism (IWPM)
Examples of Successful Exchange for Capacity Building in Fire
Management

 
Recent IWPM training:
Turkey, October 2014

Some Recent Examples of Successful Exchange

The concept of the IWPM is based on existing expertise in wildland fire management capacity building. The selected examples do not reflect the complete spectrum of successful projects and programmes at national and international levels.

 

 

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International Wildfire Preparedness Mechanism (IWPM) – Portal

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Welcome to the Portal of the International Wildfire Preparedness Mechanism!

The IWPM was developed in following up the UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Crossboundary Fire Management (UN Geneva, November 2013). The IWPM, currently hosted by the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), is a non-financial instrument serving as a broker / facilitator between national and international agencies, programmes and projects to exchange expertise and build capacities in wildland fire management and particularly in enhancing preparedness to large wildfire emergency situations. The IWPM has been developed in tandem with the International Fire Aviation Guidelines and the International Manual of Common Rules for Fire Aviation.

National agencies responsible for the management of vegetation fires as well as projects seeking or offering expertise are encouraged to use the contact forms (contact details to GFMC are provided in the forms):

The GFMC is offering a number of tools that may either be used directly online or be requested for implementation by interested parties:

GFMC contribution to the UNISDR “Words into Action Guidelines: National Disaster Risk Assessment” (2017):

International Wildfire Preparedness Mechanism (IWPM)

Tools of the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) for advising / supporting nations and the United Nations in Capacity Building in Landscape Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction


The GFMC offers a number of tools that may either be used directly online or be requested for implementation by interested parties. Some tools will require finances for implementation (Last Update: 26 March 2016):

  • Overview of tools (PDF)
  • GFMC Tool 1 – Global Wildland Fire Information System
  • GFMC Tool 2 – Regional Wildland Fire Networks under the aegis of the Global Wildland Fire Network
  • GFMC Tool 3 – International and regional advisory bodies / services for fire management
  • GFMC Tool 4 – Global Wildland Fire Early Warning System and global portal for national and regional wildland fire early warning
  • GFMC Tool 5 – International support tools / services for wildfire emergency response
  • GFMC Tool 6 – Establishment and services of Regional Fire Management Resource Centers
  • GFMC Tool 7 – National Round Tables on Fire Management
  • GFMC Tool 8 – Systematic application of outreach work in participatory (community-based) fire management
  • GFMC Tool 9 – Capacity building in the application of principles of integrated fire management in biodiversity management, nature conservation and protected areas management

National Consultation on Fire Management: Ukraine, April 2014

Regional Consultation of the OSCE addressing Disaster Risk Reduction:Czech Republic, September 2014