7-22 February 1998 Fire management field inspection and planning, Caprivi Strip, Etosha National Park, Namibia; Namibia-Finland Forestry Programme; Meeting with President Nujoma; Planning of 1999 as the Year of Fire in the Environment; Namibia Windhoek, Namibia.
24-26 February 1998 Field visit and consultations at fire experiment sites at the Swiss Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape, Sottostazione Ticino; Bellinzona, Switzerland.
2 March 1998 Preparation of fire experiment aiming at the reconstruction of Neolithic slash-and-burn agriculture; Forchtenberg-Schwäbisch Hall, Germany.
11 March 1998
Meeting with Member of Federal Parliament (German Bundestag) S. Löwisch, on fire research and development in Baden-Württemberg State; Vogtsburg, Germany.
11-12 March 1998 Workshop on land use and fire in Indonesia; Göttingen University.
20-26 March 1998 Fire crisis management consultations at Indonesia-Germany Integrated Forest Fire Management (IFFM) Project and government authorities, including Tim Kecil meeting, at Mangala Wanabakti (Ministry for Forestry); Samarinda-Jakarta, Indonesia.
27-28 March 1998 Fire experiment at the Swiss Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape, Sottostazione Ticino; Bellinzona, Switzerland.
7-19 April 1998
Research visit and conference participation, 21st Annual Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference on “Fire and Forest Ecology: Innovative Silviculture and Vegetation Management” with contribution on “Global transitions of fire and fire management: Retrospectives and perspectives”; Tall Timbers Research Station, Tallahassee, Florida.
20-22 April 1998
UNEP Donor Meeting on Response to the Fires in Indonesia; Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
26-27 April 1998
Meeting of the German IDNDR Committee and consultations with the head of Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, German Foreign Office, Mr. Alexander von Rom. Decision to launch the Global Fire Monitoring Center (preliminarily called “South East Asian Fire Monitoring Center”); Bonn, Germany.
4 May 1998
Decision of the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences to co-finance, with Freiburg University, the GFMC facility at the Old Airport Tower, Freiburg Airport; Freiburg-Munich, Germany.
5-9 May 1998
GFMC co-convener and co-chair, First Baltic Conference on Forest Fires; Radom-Katowice, Poland.
27-28 May 1998
GFMC contribution “Land use, climate variability and fire in South East Asia: Impacts on ecosystems and atmosphere” at the Germany-Singapore Environmental Technology Agency. Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Transboundary Pollution; Singapore.
29 May 1998
Consultations with CRISP Remote Sensing Center; Singapore.
2-4 June 1998
GFMC contribution “Environmental problems arising from land use, climate variability, fire and smog in Indonesia: Development of policies and strategies for land use and fire management” at WMO Workshop on Regional Transboundary Smoke and Haze in Southeast Asia; Singapore.
4 June 1998
GFMC participation at Environmental Council meeting on Land-Use Change and Fire; Singapore.
9-11 June 1998
GFMC contribution to IDNDR Scientific and Technical Council (STC) meeting, U.S. National Science Foundation and the World Bank; Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
22-23 June 1998
GFMC contribution to IGBP-BAHC-IGAC Workshop “Strategy for a fire module in dynamic global vegetation models”, Potsdam Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research); Potsdam, Germany.
26 June 1998
Begin of GFMC “Fireglobe” website construction; GFMC.
3-5 July 1998
GFMC contribution to EU Workshop on Russia’s Forests, Dresden Technical University; Tharandt, Germany.
14-19 August 1998
GFMC moving to the Old Airport Tower, Freiburg University Airport Campus.
21-23 August 1998
IGAC-BIBEX Steering Committee Meeting, GFMC elected co-convener (J.G. Goldammer and Joyce Penner); Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
15-20 September 1998 GFMC at ITTO Mission on Forest Fire Prevention and Management to Indonesia and Malaysia (Sarawak); Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur-Kuching; Indonesia-Malaysia.
21-26 September 1998
Consultations with Indonesian Ministry for Research and Technology (BPPT) on development in Forest Fire Management; Consultations and backstopping at GTZ Integrated Forest Fire Management (IFFM) Project; Jakarta-Samarinda, Indonesia.
3-10 October 1998
WHO, UNEP and WMO Workshop for the preparation of the Health Guidelines for Vegetation Fire Events (GFMC co-editor); Lima, Peru.
13 October 1998
Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board, German IDNDR Committee; Bonn, Germany.
23-24 October 1998
Final for the launch of the GFMC website.
27-30 October 1998
Inauguration of the GFMC website at FAO Meeting on Public Policies Affecting Forest Fires; GFMC contribution on “Public policies affecting forest fires in Europe and boreal/temperate Asia”; FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy.
26 November 1998
Official inauguration of GFMC building.
1 December 1998
Consultations with Munich Re, on joint research; Munich, Germany.
2 December 1998
Consultations with the head of Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance, German Foreign Office, Mr. Alexander von Rom, on GFMC financing; Bonn, Germany.
7-8 December 1998
International Cross Sectoral Forum on Forest Fire Management in South East Asia, organized by BAPPENSA, JICA and ITTO; Jakarta, Indonesia.
9-12 December 1998
EDIEN-World Bank meeting on “Fire Hazards, Transboundary Haze and Sustainable Forestry in East Asia and the Pacific”; Surabaya, Indonesia.
11 December 1998
UNESCO Director-General, Mr. Frederic Mayor, signs UNESCO co-sponsorship of GFMC; Paris, France.
17 December 1998 Consultations with the Mongolia-German Integrated Fire Management Project; GFMC.
21-23 December 1998 GFMC Annual Course on Fire Ecology and Fire Management, at Freiburg University, Faculty of Forest Science; Freiburg, Germany.