National Chapters in the countries in the region are being established with a vision of “fire disaster free society having socio-economic benefits derived from wildland fire management”. The Chapters shall be established in accordance with the works and objectives of UN-ISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG) / the Global Wildland Fire Network (GWFN) and its secretariat the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) and the Regional South Asia Wildland Fire Network (RSAWFN).
The prime objectives of the Chapters are:
To provide a platform for discussion, policy dialogue, research and development in wildland fire management in the country,
To raises awareness about the beneficial and harmful effects of wildland fires at all levels,
To help support to enhance cooperation among local institutions and countries within the region, aimed at sharing technology, expertise and data for coordinated and collective action in fire management,
To help support the government, non-government organizations and civil societies for legal, institutional and policy frameworks development by mobilizing local resources and training people,
To implement wildland fire management programmes targeting at preparedness (early warning, awareness, risk assessment, arrangement of fire-fighting tools and the training of fighting groups, controlled burning etc.), response (early detection, fire fighting, firefighter safety etc.), and recovery (damage assessment, revegetation of burnt areas, shelter, food, water, medicine, counseling to the victims etc.), national fire monitoring and national fire assessment.
Nepal Chapter has already been established. And, dialogues and discussions are going on with the national focal points of the rest of the countries for creating respective National Chapter.