International Agreements


International Agreements for Assistance in Wildland Fire Emergencies

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International Cooperation addressing Environmental Emergencies under the auspices of UN-OCHA

In addition to the responsibilities ofUN-OCHA to provide UNDisaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) capabilities, the JointEnvironment Group of the United Nations Office for the Coordination ofHumanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)is supported by the AdvisoryGroup on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE).

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:

Rio+20 Web page „Preparedness for Environmental Emergencies”:

International Agreements
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.

Evaluation of Cooperative Efforts
The following document provides a review of the Australia/New Zealand firefighting deployment to the USA in August/September 2000

RelatedInternational Events
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

GFMC Archive (outdated agreementsfor coordination of wildland fire emergency assistance)
This folder contains outdated agreed mechanisms for international response towildland fire