During the World Summit for SustainableDevelopment (WSSD) a major initiative led by UNEP-OCHA was launched to increaseinternational cooperation in the field of prevention, preparedness and responseto environmental disasters. From the beginning wildland fire issues have beenincluded.
The UNEP-OCHA Advisory Group onEnvironmental Emergencies (AGEE) at its 5th meeting in May 2003 decided toutilize the Partnership Programme to enhance international cooperation inwildland fire management.
At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20 the Global Wildland Fire Network became part of the initiative to create a global network of local actors for preparedness for environmental emergencies. Under the headline Preparedness for Environmental Emergencies the following organizations are working together:
At the FAO/ITTO International Expert Meeting on Forest Fire Management, Rome, Italy, 7-9 March 2001, it was decided to conduct a survey and evaluation of existing agreements on cooperation in fire management, including international wildland fire emergency assistance.
Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC)
The Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) was created in 1998 as the focal point for coordinating disaster relief efforts of the 46 Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) nations in case of natural or technological disasters within the EAPC geographical area. The GFMC is linked to EADRCC.
The results of the International Wildland Fire Summit (Sydney, Australia, 8October 2003) include international agreements / recommendations on commonprotocols and procedures for the international cooperation in wildland fire