GFMC Calendar 2002

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Preparation of GFMC activities in 2002

January 2002

Summary of the GFMC Calendar 2002 (in German)
The Germany Committee for Disaster Reduction within the ISDR (Deutsches Komitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV) provides a short version of the GFMC Annual Calendar 2002 on the DKKV Website:

9 January 2002
Routine working visit of GTZ-Indonesia Integrated Forest Fires Management (IFFM) staff member, Mr. Hartmut Abberger; GFMC.

26 January 2002
Preparation of prescribed burning field trials for the conservation of the UNESCO-protected landscapes of the Middle Rhein Valley; GFMC.

February 2002

5-6 February 2002
Initial prescribed burning experiment by GFMC for the conservation of continental sand heathlands in Brandenburg State; Spremberg, Germany.

9-12 February 2002
Continuation of field preparation of prescribed burning field trials for the conservation of Atlantic heathlands in nature reserves of Sylt Island and other protected areas in Schleswig-Holstein State; Braderup, Sylt, Germany.

19-21 February 2002
Evaluation / review of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (GFMC host); Mainz, Germany.
Research Report:

25-26 February 2002
Kick-off meeting of German Climate Research Programme DEKLIM, German Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium fuer Bildung und Forschung – BMBF), including Global Vegetation Fire Dataset (GFMC); Bad Honnef, Germany.

March 2002

5 March 2002
GFMC invited to become Co-Chair of the Forest Fire Monitoring and Mapping Implementation Team, Global Observation of the Forest Cover (GOFC) program of the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS).

8-10 March 2002
GFMC convenes third meeting of the Working Group on Wildland Fires (Working Group 4), Inter-Agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction, UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR); GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.

12-18 March 2002
Development of the Fire Management Strategy for the Biosphere Reserve Pendjari (Stratégie de gestion des feux de brousse dans la Réserve de Biosphère de la Pendjari), Projet de Gestion du Complexe de la Pendjari; Tanguiéta – Cotonou, Bénin.

22-28 March 2002
GFMC staff (A. Held) participates at Fire Management 2002 short courses at PE Technikon, Saasveld Campus; George, South Africa.

April 2002

8-10 April 2002
GFMC Annual Course on Fire Ecology and Fire Management, at Freiburg University, Faculty of Forest Science; Freiburg, Germany.

14-21 April 2002
Evaluation of Phase III and planning of Phase IV of the Indonesia-Germany Integrated Forest Fire Management (IFFM) Project in East Kalimantan, Indonesia; Samarinda, Indonesia.

16 April 2002
UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mr. Kenzo Oshima, appoints the GFMC member of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction, for the biennium 2002-2003, represented by its leader; New York, U.S.A.

17 April 2002++
GFMC assistance to Viet Nam Fire emergency. Dispatch of fire management expert, Mr. Brad Sanders by GTZ Indonesia and Viet Nam, in cooperation with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and UNDP Viet Nam.
See last GFMC Update and final report at:

22-24 April 2002
Brainstorming meeting of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (GFMC host); Schloss Ringberg, Germany.

25-26 April 2002
Fifth Meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction, UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). GMFC reports on the second and third meeting of the Working Group on Wildland Fires (Working Group 4); Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

May 2002

3-4 May 2002
GFMC field preparation of prescribed burning field trials for the conservation of the UNESCO-protected landscapes of the Middle Rhein Valley; Boppard, Germany.

9-12 May 2002
Evaluation of the First National Bulgarian Round Table on Fire Management, field inspection of Bulgaria’s fire problems and fire management capabilities, and planning of follow-up. Bulgarian-Swiss Forestry Programme (BSFP) and Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC). Sofia, Bulgaria.

20-25 May 2002
GFMC at NATO wildland fire exercise “Taming the Dragon – Dalmatia 2002”; Makarska, Croatia. Field survey of forest fire conditions in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegowina.

27 May 2002
Meeting of the Executive Board of the German National Committee for Disaster Reduction (Deutsches Komitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV); Bonn, Germany.

June 2002

8-12 June 2002
World Conference on Land and Forest Fire Hazards, in conjunction with ASEAN Environment Ministers meeting (signing of ASEAN Transboundary Haze Agreement) and meeting of the ASOEN Haze Technical Task Force. Agreement with ASEAN countries to establish a Regional South East Asia Wildland Fire Network in conjunction with the UN-ISDR Working Group on Wildland Fires; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

13-16 June 2002
Preparation of the Second National Bulgarian Round Table on Fire Management, field inspection of Bulgaria’s fire problems. Bulgarian-Swiss Forestry Programme (BSFP) and Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC). Studena, Sofia, Bulgaria.

19 June 2002
Round Table on Fire Management in Nature Conservation, Brandenburg State (Germany), including preparation of the second series of forest fire experiments in the frame of the German Research Network for Natural Disasters (Deutsches Forschungsnetz Naturkatastrophen – DFNK); Bundesforstamt Lausitz, Spremberg, Germany.

20-21 June 2002
International Symposium on Disaster Reduction and Global Environmental Change, Federal Foreign Office, in cooperation with the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV) and the German National Committee on Global Change Research (NKGCF); Berlin, Germany.

20-21 June 2002
Planning meeting of the German Research Network for Natural Disasters (Deutsches Forschungsnetz Naturkatastrophen – DFNK). Meeting of Research Cluster “Forest Fire”; GeoForschungszentrum, Potsdam, Germany.

July 2002

1 July2002
Start of joint GFMC-WHO research project on “The Global Human Health Burden due to Vegetation Fire Emissions” (A. Heil); GFMC.

1 July 2002
GFMC contribution to the United Nations Regional Workshop on the Use of Space Technology for Disaster Management for Africa, organised jointly by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), on The Ethiopia Wildland Fire Emergency 2000: Lessons learnt and consequences for improved cooperation in Sub-Saharan Africa (PDF, 3.7 MB).

1 July 2002
GFMC consultations with UNEP Executive Director, Mr. Klaus Toepfer, and staff of the UNEP Early Warning and Assessment Division, on UNEP-GFMC collaboration; Nairobi, Kenya.

2-3 July 2002
GFMC kick-off meeting of the Regional Subsahara Wildland Fire Network in the frame of the Fire Conference, Wood for Africa Conference; Hilton College, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
See website of Regional Subsahara Wildland Fire Network.

8-9 July 2002
GFMC participation (A. Held) at Combined Training Exercise between the Forest Fire Association (FFA) and the South African Air Force (SAAF) and Working for Fire Teams, Nelspruit, South Africa.

12 July 2002
Fire meeting of German Climate Research Programme DEKLIM, German Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium fuer Bildung und Forschung – BMBF), with scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (Hamburg); GFMC.

17-19 July 2002
Joint GOFC/GOLD and IGBP-IGAC/BIBEX Workshop on Improving Global Estimates of Atmospheric Emissions from Biomass Burning; University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, U.S.A.

23 July 2002
Consultations with representatives of forest departments and universities of Chile, Thailand and Uganda, on fire science, monitoring and networking; GFMC.

25 July 2002
Visit of special fire-fighting helicopter KAMAX K 1200 (HELOG AIR / AEROTERRA) in preparation for building an International Wildland Fire Response Team.; GFMC.

31 July – 2 August 2002
Steering Committee and International Liaison Committee (ILC) meetings in preparation of the 3rd International Wildland Fire Conference (Sydney, Australia, September 2003); Sydney, Australia.

August 2002

2 August 2002
On-site preparation of the Brandenburg 2002 Forest Fire Experiment in the frame of the work of the Research Cluster “Forest Fire” of the German Research Network for Natural Disasters (Deutsches Forschungsnetz Naturkatastrophen – DFNK); Cottbus, Germany.

7 August 2002
Consultations with Vegetation Ecology Department, Munich Technical University, on a joint fire research programme in the Okavango Delta, Botswana (sponsored by Volkswagen Foundation); GFMC.

12 August 2002
Eleventh Joint Meeting of the Working Groups on Sub-Regional Fire-Fighting Arrangements (SRFAs) for Sumatra and Borneo; on formation of a Regional South East Asian Wildland Fire Network; Singapore Department of Environment, Singapore.

13 August 2002
Consultations with European Commission, General Directorate for Environment, Civil Protection and Environmental Accidents Unit, on forest fire programmes; GFMC.

14-18 August 2002
On-site preparation of the Brandenburg 2002 Forest Fire Experiment in the frame of the work of the Research Cluster “Forest Fire” of the German Research Network for Natural Disasters (Deutsches Forschungsnetz Naturkatastrophen – DFNK); Cottbus, Germany.

15 August 2002
Departure of GFMC student staff (B. Weigele) to Indonesia-Germany Integrated Forest Fire Management (IFFM) Project, for project work “Incentives for Participation of Local Communities in Integrated Fire Management” (August – November 2002); Samarinda, East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

19-22 August 2002
Fire experiments for heathland conservation in Brandenburg State in the frame of the work of the Research Cluster “Forest Fire” of the German Research Network for Natural Disasters (Deutsches Forschungsnetz Naturkatastrophen – DFNK); Spremberg-Döbern, Germany.

26-30 August 2002
Workshop to Develop a Regional Strategy for Forest Pests and Wildfire Management in Central America” (USDA Forest Service, German Agency for Technical Cooperation – GTZ); GFMC representation through Mr. Ludwig Schindler (GTZ). National School of Forest Sciences (ESNACIFOR), Siguatepeque, Honduras.

September 2002

2-3 September 2002
Workshop on „Fire and Grazing as Instruments for Maintaining Impoverished Open Landscapes in Northwest Germany“, (3-4 September 2002, Alfred Toepfer Academy for Nature Protection (Alfred Toepfer Akademie für Naturschutz), Hof Möhr, Schneverdingen, Germany).

5 September 2002
Prescribed burning operations for conservation of heathlands in NW Germany and fire behaviour and fire effects research; Lütjenholm, Bredstedt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

6 September 2002
Prescribed burning operations for conservation of heathlands in NW Germany and fire behaviour and fire effects research; Braderup, Sylt Island, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

7 September 2002
Prescribed burning operations for the conservation of the UNESCO-protected landscapes of the Middle Rhein Valley; Kaub and Boppard, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

9 September 2002
Meeting of the Executive Board of the German National Committee for Disaster Reduction (Deutsches Komitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV); Bonn, Germany.

13-14 September 2002
Consultations on UN Working Group on Wildland Fires and International Cooperation in Forest Fire Management, with Mr. Brian J. Stocks, Forest Fire and Global Change Research, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada; GFMC.

16-19 September 2002
Brandenburg 2002 Forest Fire Experiment in the frame of the work of the Research Cluster “Forest Fire” of the German Research Network for Natural Disasters (Deutsches Forschungsnetz Naturkatastrophen – DFNK) (experiment was cancelled due to unfavourable weather); Cottbus-Drewitz, Germany.

October 2002

7-9 October 2002
Third German Forum on Disaster Reduction and Hazard Day in conjunction with the UN International Day for Disaster Reduction, GeoForschungszentrum; Potsdam, Germany.

8 October 2002
Meeting of the German National Committee for Disaster Reduction (Deutsches Komitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV); Potsdam, Germany.

23-26 October 2002
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) Task Force on Global Analysis, Integration and Modelling (GAIM) Workshop “Fire as an Earth System Process”; Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France.

24-25 October 2002
Workshop in the frame of the initiation process for the establishment of the United Nations University (UNU) Research and Training Center “Environment and Human Security”, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research; Bonn, Germany.

24-25 October 2002
Sixth Meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction, UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). GMFC reports on the formation of Regional Wildland Fire Networks of the Working Group on Wildland Fires (Working Group 4); Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

29 October 2002
Third National Bulgarian Round Table on Fire Management, Bulgarian-Swiss Forestry Programme (BSFP) and Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC); Sofia, Bulgaria.

30-31 October 2002
International Conference on Disasters, Emergency and Fire Situations, National Fire and Emergency Safety Services; GFMC serves as Member of the Science Advisory Board and GFMC presentation; Sofia, Bulgaria.

November 2002

4 November 2002
Meeting with the FAO Fire Management Officer and representatives of the Steering Committee and International Liaison Committee (ILC) in preparation of the 3rd International Wildland Fire Conference (Sydney, Australia, September 2003); FAO, Rome, Italy.

4 November 2002
33rd Meeting of the International Tropical Timber Committee (ITTC), Committee for Reforestation and Forest Management (CRF), on cooperation between ITTO and GFMC and preparation of the 3rd International Wildland Fire Conference and Summit; ITTO, Yokohama, Japan.

8 November 2002
National Round Table on Fire Management, Guatemala, facilitated by the Project “Prevención y Control Local de Incendios Forestales” (PRECLIF), and supported by the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), in cooperation of with the “Red Comunitaria de América Central para la Gestión de Riesgo”, Guatemala

15-17 November 2002
Meeting of the International Liaison Committee (ILC) in preparation of the 3rd International Wildland Fire Conference and International Wildland Fire Summit (Sydney, Australia, September 2003); Coimbra, Portugal.

17-19 November 2002
Routine work visit at the GFMC of the Aerial Forest Fire Service of Russia Avialesookhrana, represented by Dr. Eduard P. Davidenko, Chief of the Science and Technology Division; GFMC.

26 November – 4 December 2002
Routine work visit at the GFMC of Brian J. Stocks, Forest Fire and Global Change Research, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada; preparation of the Wildland Fire Brochure for Policy Makers, ISDR Working Group on Wildland Fire; GFMC

29 November 2002
Meeting of the Executive Board of the German National Committee for Disaster Reduction (Deutsches Komitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV); Bonn, Germany.

December 2002

2-3 December 2002
Global emissions modelling workshop in the frame of the German Climate Research Programme DEKLIM; Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany.

4-6 December 2002
Conference “The Future of Disaster Risk: Building Safer Cities”, organized by the Disaster Management Facility (The World Bank); Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

16-17 December 2002
Workshop on Prescribed Burning in Nature Conservation, Landscape Management and Forestry in Central Europe; Fire Ecology Research Group, GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.
See European Fire in Nature Conservation Network at: http://gfmc.online/programmes/natcon/natcon.htm


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