GFMC Calendar 2000

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Preparation of GFMC activities in 2000

January 2000

6-9 January 2000
GFMC Annual Course on Fire Ecology and Fire Management, at FreiburgUniversity, Faculty of Forest Science; Experimental Forest Mathislewald andField Station Mathislemühle, Freiburg-Hinterzarten, Germany.

10-11 January 2000
Official visit of ISDR Secretariat representative, Dr. Terry Jeggle; GFMC.

12 January 2000
First local Round Table on Fire Management in the Kaiserstuhl area,conducted by GFMC / Fire Ecology Research Group; Vogtsburg, Germany

First meeting of GFMC “Hotshots”, aspecial group of students of the Faculty of Forest Sciences to be trained infire management between 2000 and 2003; GFMC.

21 January 2000
GFMC participation at the meeting of the German National Committee forDisaster Reduction (Deutsches Komitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV); Bonn,Germany.

28 January 2000
GFMC presentation on the role of fire in ecosystems of boreal Eurasia,current situation and future trends; Bremen University, Germany.

29 January 2000
Presentation of the GFMC concepts and strategy at public inaugurationceremonies of the new premises of the German Foreign Office; Berlin, Germany.

February 2000

3-4 February 2000
Foundation Meeting of the World Bank ProVention Consortium for Natural andTechnological Disasters, The World Bank, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

14-17 February 2000
GFMC support to TACIS Russia Forest Fire Information System,Avialesookhrana; Pushkino, Moscow Region, Russian Federation.

19 February 2000
Meeting with the Minister for Rural Space, Baden Württemberg State, Ms.Gerdi Staiblin, on Prescribed Burning Strategy in Landscape Management;Vogtsburg, Germany.

25 February 2000
Emergency call received from Ethiopia concerning assistance in the EthiopiaFire Emergency.

28-29 February 2000
Meeting of the Forest Fire Research Cluster of the German Natural DisasterResearch Network (Deutsches Forschungsnetz Naturkatastrophen – DFNK),Geoforschungszentrum; Potsdam, Germany.

March 2000

1-11 March 2000
GFMC support to Ethiopia and the international coalition (Germany, SouthAfrica, USA) to control the forest fire emergency; Addis Ababa, OromiyaRegion and Bale Administrative Zone, Ethiopia.

12 March – 7 April 2000
Continuation of support of the Ethiopia fire emergency, includingrecruitment of UNEP cash donation, enabling South African firefighters to staybeyond deadline set by South African financial contributions. 7 April 2002:Fires under control.

13 March 2000
Negotiations with Global Environment Facility (GEF) at UNEP concerningbuilding a global network of Integrated (Community-Based) Fire ManagementProjects.

17 March 2000
Visit of representative of the project “Electronic Discussion Groupsfor Risk Management” (EDRIM) of the European Council in the frame of theEuropean Open Partial Agreement (EUR-OPA), in preparation of the electronic fireexercise (fall 2001); GFMC.

23 March 2000
Meeting with UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer, on UNEP cooperation withGFMC; Bonn, Germany.

27-28 March 2000
Meeting of the German National Committee for Disaster Reduction (DeutschesKomitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV) and its Scientific Advisory Board;GFMC official visit at the German Federal Emergency Management Agency(Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk); Bonn, Germany.

27 March 2000
GFMC appointed member of the Executive Board of the German NationalCommittee for Disaster Reduction.

29 March 2000
GFMC Symposium on Fire Ecology and Fire Management in Nature Conservationand Landscape Management, with participation of government agencies, NGOs andcivil society; participation of the Minister for Rural Space, Baden WürttembergState, Ms. Gerdi Staiblin; Vogtsburg, Germany.

April 2000

3 April 2000
GFMC in the Defense Committee of PhD thesis of Mr. David Lavoué”Transport vers la région arctique de l’aérosol carboné emis par lesfeux de biomasse des régions boréale et tempérée”. Université de ParisVII; Paris, France.

9-16 April 2000
GFMC consultations with the fire establishment of the People’s Republic ofChina. Host: Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing, Dr. Shu Lifu. Bilateral talkswith the Ministry of Forestry and University of Science and Technology, Hefei,Guangdong Province, and Yunnan Province; Beijing, Hefei, Guangzhou, PR China.

24-30 April 2000
First GFMC International Fire Management Training Course, supported byinstructors of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Mr. Rex Alford and Mr.Mike Rieser, and the Federal Russian Forest Service, Aerial Forest FireProtection Service (Avialesookhrana), Mr. Andrey Eritsov; GFMC.

May 2000

1-2 May 2000
GFMC participation in the Defence Committee of PhD thesis of Mr. Hugh Eva”Monitoring of tropical vegetation fires and their impact on land cover,using remote sensing techniques. Université Catholique de Louvain; Louvain laNeuve, Belgium.

25 May 2000
Planning Meeting of the Forest Fire Research Cluster of the German NaturalDisaster Research Network (Deutsches Forschungsnetz Naturkatastrophen – DFNK),GeoForschungsZentrum; Potsdam, Germany.

31 May 2000
Meeting of the German National Committee for Disaster Reduction (DeutschesKomitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV); Bonn, Germany.

June 2000

4-11 June 2000
GFMC in its function of Coordinator of the UN-ECE/FAO Team of Specialists onForest Fire, co-convener of the Baltic Exercise for Fire Information andResources Exchange (BALTEX FIRE 2000); Kuopio, Finland.

9 June – 4 July 2000
GFMC participation (T. Zorn) at the International Crown Fire ModellingExperiment (ICFME); North West Territories, Canada.

14-15 June 2000
Technical Meeting of the Forest Fire Research Cluster of the German NaturalDisaster Research Network (Deutsches Forschungsnetz Naturkatastrophen – DFNK),Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus, Germany.

17-22 June 2000
GFMC participation in the South Africa TaskTeam to review the veld fires in the Western Cape during 15 to 25 January 2000and report to the Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, and Premier of TheWestern Cape; Cape Town and Western Cape Region, South Africa.

27 June 2000
Telecon with the Director of the ISDR Secretariat, Mr. Philippe Boullé.Agreement that GFMC will assist the ISDR to launch a Wildfire PreventionCampaign for the UN International Day for Disaster Reduction 2000.

2-29 June 2000
International strategic planning meeting for the FOCUS fire sensor, an externalpayload on the International Space Station (ISS), at German Aerospace Center(DLR); Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.

July 2000

4-17 July 2000
Virtual support of the fire emergency in Greece.

19 July 2000
GFMC Global Wildland Fire Emergency Hotline activated (+49-170-2347484).Financed by the German Foreign Office, Humanitarian Assistance.

30-31 July 2000
Meeting with Director General of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), Dr.Maritta von Bieberstein Koch-Weser, on cooperation between the IUCN and theGFMC; Schloss Bieberstein, Germany.

August 2000

2 August 2000
GFMC receives Letter of Appreciation by the President of the Councilof Oromiya State, Ethiopia, Mr. Kuma Demeksa, for the support to Ethiopiaa to control the forest fire emergency; Addis Ababa, OromiyaRegion and Bale Administrative Zone, Ethiopia, March-April 2000; The Council of OromiyaState, Finfinnee, Ethiopia.

5-9 August 2000
GFMC Co-Chair of the Forest Fire Research Group Meeting 8.05 within theWorld Congress of the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations(IUFRO); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

10 August 2000 ++
GFMC backstopping support for possible assistance of Russian firefighters inthe U.S. fire emergency.

17-30 August 2000
GFMC fact finding mission on forest fire research and management in WesternSiberia in support of the TACIS Russia Forest Fire Information System,Avialesookhrana; Ekaterinburg, Tjumen and Pushkino, Moscow Region, RussianFederation.

September 2000

12 September 2000
GFMC briefing to the Coordination Committee for Humanitarian Assistance,German Foreign Office, at Caritas International; Freiburg, Germany.

14 September 2000
GFMC co-host with ISDR Secretariat of a Power Breakfast, with the ENTENTE ofFrance (Col. Gilardo), in preparation of the UNInternational Day for Disaster Reduction 2000; Palais des Nations, Geneva,Switzerland.

18-21 September 2000
GFMC co-sponsor of the National Round Table on Forest Fire Management, withMinistry of Agriculture of Ethiopia and the German Agency for TechnicalCooperation (GTZ); Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

22 September 2000
Visit of FAO Forest Fire Management Consultant, Mr. Jan Troensegaard, inpreparation of the International Expert Meeting on Forest Fire Management (March2001); GFMC.

25 September 2000
GFMC contribution to FAO SOFO State of World’s Forests Report delivered to FAORome.

28-30 September 2000
GFMC host and organizer of the First German Forum on Disaster Reduction, onbehalf of the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV), with participationof the new Director a.i. of the ISDR Secretariat, Mr. Dennis Benn, andrepresentatives from the academia, policy makers and disaster relieforganizations; demonstration of the concept of international fire brigades,cosponsored by Helion Procopter Industries and the Russian Aerial Forest FireProtection Service Avialesookhrana, Mr. Andrey Eritsov; GFMC.

October 2000

6 October 2000
Consultations with ECO consultants for continuation of the GTZ-supportedIntegrated Forest Fire Management (IFFM) project in East Kalimantan, Indonesia;GFMC.

10-11 October 2000
Second Meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction, UNInternational Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). GMFC represents the WorldConservation Union (IUCN) and proposes the establishment of the Working Group onWildland Fires (Working Group 4), with positive response by the Task Force.Presentation of film and PR materials on wildland fires for the UNInternational Day for Disaster Reduction 2000; Palais des Nations, Geneva,Switzerland.

17 October 2000
Meeting at the ISDR Secretariat, with the Directora.i. of the ISDR Secretariat, Mr. Dennis Benn, and the Director General ofthe World Conservation Union (IUCN), Dr. Maritta von Bieberstein Koch-Weser, onprocedural issues for the Working Group on Wildland Fires within the ISDRInter-Agency Task Force for Disaster reduction; Palais Wilson, Geneva, Switzerland.

23-24 October 2000
Euromediterranean Wildfires Meeting. GFMC presentation and press conferencewith EU Research Commissioner, Mr. Busquin; Hyères, France.

26-29 October 2000
GFMC co-sponsor of the conference “Feuer” of the Art and ExhibitionHall of the Federal Republic of Germany (Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle derBundesrepublik Deutschland) with a number of GFMC contributions on global firesissues (fire ecology, human dimension of fire problems, global change); Bonn,Germany.

29 October – 1 November 2000
Seminar on “Forecasting and Prevention of Catastrophes” of theNATO-Russia Joint Scientific and Technological Cooperation Committee under theauspices of the Scientific and Environmental Affairs Division of the NorthAtlantic Treaty Organization. GFMC in cooperation with TACIS Russia presents therationale and need for cooperation in “Forest Fire Disasters: EarlyWarning, Monitoring and Management”; Moscow, Russia.

November 2000

14-18 November 2000
5th International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) RegionalEurope-Africa Conference. Continuation of concept discussion of the INSARAG FireGroup; Hammamet, Tunisia.

20 November 2000
Meeting of the Executive Board of the German National Committee for DisasterReduction (Deutsches Komitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV). One topic:Financing of GFMC; Bonn, Germany.

28-29 November 2000
United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Expert Consultation, withpresentation of GFMC concept and discussion of UNFF priorities in the field offorest fire protection; Bonn, Germany.

December 2000

4 December 2000
Meeting of the German National Committee for Disaster Reduction (DeutschesKomitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV); Bonn, Germany.

7 December 2000
FAO entrusts GFMC to set up the forest fire web pages within the ForestryCountry Profiles on the FAO Website.

8 December 2000
FAO entrusts GFMC to coordinate the development of the FAO Guidelines forFire Management in Temperate and Boreal Forests.

11 December 2000
Planning Meeting of the Forest Fire Research Cluster of the German NaturalDisaster Research Network (Deutsches Forschungsnetz Naturkatastrophen – DFNK),at Geoforschungszentrum; Potsdam, Germany.

17-20 December 2000
GFMC / Steering Committee Meeting of the Biomass Burning Experiment (BIBEX) ofthe International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project, and Boreal ForestFires Special Session within the Annual Meeting of the American GeophysicalUnion (AGU); San Francisco, U.S.A.


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