Regional Southeast Europe / Caucasus Wildland Fire Network

A Region of the Global Wildland Fire Network

Thedemographic, socio-economic and political changes in many countries of SoutheastEurope in the early 1990s, particularly on the Balkan, have resulted in anincrease of wildfire occurrence, destabilization of fire management capabilitiesand increased vulnerability of ecosystems and human populations. The mainreasons for this development include the transition from centrally planned tomarket economies, national to regional conflicts, creation of new nations,involving political tensions and war, land-use changes, and regional climatechange towards increase of extreme drought occurrence. New solutions arerequired to address the increasing fire threat. Cooperation in fire managementbetween the South East European countries, notably on the Balkan, is promoted bythe Regional Southeast Europe Wildland Fire Network.