Capacitating Forestry, Agricultural and Fire Services of Vietnam in Landscape Fire Management and Local Rural Communities in Self-Defense against Wildfires
Recurrent wildfires in South East Asia have resulted in renewed national and international efforts to address the serious challenges in the arena of fire management. A widely perceived positive and earnest shift in the political landscape to tackle fire and smoke problems has similarly prompted the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), through the financial support of the Federal Republic of Germany, to assist in establishing the Regional Fire Management Resource Center – South East Asia Region (RFMRC-SEA) in 2017. This effort is in alignment with the decentralization efforts of the GFMC to, in large part, build up local country-wide and regional capacities. Since 2011, Indonesia and other Southeast Asian nations including Vietnam, comprising the Southeast Asia Regional Wildland Fire Network, have been a voluntary member of the greater 14-region Global Wildland Fire Network – for which the GFMC is serving as coordinator and secretariat.
In order to support competency and interoperability of agencies and civil society stakeholders in Europe the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) between 2006 and 2008 has developed, under the sponsorship of the EU Leonardo da Vinci programme, competency standards and basic training materials for professional and volunteer firefighters – the EuroFire Competency Standards and Training Materials. These standards and training materials turned out to be useful as a common source for capacitating actors who are preparing to cooperate across borders, e.g. in managing wildfire emergencies by rendering international assistance.
Within the frame of regional cooperation in Southeast Asia, the translations of the EuroFire Competency Standards and Training Materials to Vietnamese have been developed by Dr. Thuy Nguyen, Researcher at the Silviculture Research Institute, Vietnamese Academy of Forest Science, Ha Noi, Vietnam.