GFMC CALENDAR 2006

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Preparation of  GFMC activities in 2006

January 2006

1-31 January 2006
Review of UNISDR Regional Wildland Fire Reports for the Thematic Report onForest Fires, FAO Forest Resources Assessment 2005 (FRA-2005); GFMC contributionto the FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Wildland Fire Management and the GlobalStrategy for Cooperation in Wildland Fire Management (J.G. Goldammer). GFMC.

19 January 2006
GOFC-GOLD international telephone conference (J.G. Goldammer); AT&T.

FAO-USFS-GFMCinternational telephone conference (J.G. Goldammer).

23-27 January 2006
On-site work in the Twinning Light Project “Implementation of NewRegulation – Forest Focus – Forest Fire” (HU2004 IB AG02-TL) (D.Nagy, A. Held and G. Ruecker); Budapest, Hungary.

27 January 2006
UNFF-ISDR-GFMC international telephone conference on UNFF-6 (J.G. Goldammer).

February 2006

2 February 2006
GFMC staff C. Scholz leaving for field work in Costa Rica (until 8 March 2006).

6 February 2006
FAO-USFS-GFMC international telephone conference (J.G. Goldammer).

6-9 February 2006
On-site work in the Twinning Light Project “Implementation of NewRegulation – Forest Focus – Forest Fire” (HU2004 IB AG02-TL) (H.Abberger); Budapest, Hungary.

8-10 February 2006
Final meeting of the Twinning Light Project “Implementation of New Regulation – Forest Focus – Forest Fire” (HU2004 IB AG02-TL), with German FederalMinistry of Consumer protection, Food and Agriculture and Ministry ofAgriculture and Regional Development, Hungary, State Forest Service (J.G.Goldammer and D. Nagy); Budapest, Hungary.

13 February 2006
Meeting of the Executive Board, German National Committee for Disaster Reductionwithin the UN-ISDR (Deutsches Komitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV) (J.G.Goldammer); Bonn, Germany.

16 February 2006
GOFC-GOLD international telephone conference (J.G. Goldammer); AT&T.

21 February 2006
FAO-USFS-GFMC international telephone conference (J.G. Goldammer).

20-24 February 2006
United Nations Forum on Forests, 6th Session (UNFF-6) (J.G.Goldammer); UN headquarters, New York, USA.

March 2006

6-10 March 2006
Kick-off meeting EU FIRE PARADOX (J.G. Goldammer, D. Kraus); Lisboa, Portugal.

Prescribed burning demonstration in Tapada de Mafra, Portugal

20-22 March 2006
FAO wildland fire expert meeting (J.G. Goldammer); FAO, Rome, Italy.

27-29 March 2006
Third International Early Warning Conference (EWC-III), with side meeting and presentation of the concept of the Global Wildland Fire Early Warning System (J. G. Goldammer); Bonn, Germany.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton addressing EWC-III, Bonn, Germany, 27 March 2006
(background: USG J. Egeland, State Minister G. Erler, DKKV Chair I. Schwaetzer)
and GFMC Presentation of the Global Wildland Fire Early Warning System

April 2006

2-7 April 2006
On-site work in the PHARE Institution Building Programme – Twinning Project “Strengtheningof the Administrative Capacity of the State Forestry Administration of Bulgaria”(BG/2004/IB/AG/04/UE) (Fire Management) (J.G.Goldammer); Sofia, Bulgaria.

5 April 2006
Preparation of prescribed burning experiment for maintaining habitats ofCapercaillie (Tetraourogallis) in the Black Forest (D. Kraus); Yach, Germany.

18-25 April 2006
Fourth International Symposium on Sustainable Management of Forest Resources (SIMFOR2006 – co-sponsored by GFMC) and First International Workshop on FireManagement (D.Kraus); Pinar del Río, Cuba.

Field trip to prescribed burning experimental sites near Viñales, Pinar del Río, Cuba

Pinus caribaea and Pinus tropicalis stands in the Province of Pinar del Río, Cuba

20 April 2006

Posthumousaward of PhD to Marco Hille, former GFMC scientist and PhD student at WageningenUniversity, co-promoted by J.G. Goldammer.  Marco Hille died in an accidenton 4 December 2004. Diploma ceremony in the Office of the Rector Magnificus ofWageningen University; Wageningen, The Netherlands.

25 April 2006
Meeting with the German Weather Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst – DWD) / WorldMeteorological Organization (WMO) concerning wildland fire smoke dispersionmodelling; GFMC.

28 April 2006
Meeting of the Executive Board, German National Committee for Disaster Reductionwithin the UN-ISDR (Deutsches Komitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV) (J.G.Goldammer); Bonn, Germany.

May 2006

6 May 2006
Meeting of the Phoenix Consortium; GFMC.

8-9 May 2006
Meeting of the International Liaison Committee of the series of InternationalWildland Fire Conferences, in preparation of the 4th InternationalWildland Fire Conference (to be hosted by the Government of Spain, Madrid, 6-10May 2007) (J.G. Goldammer); Madrid, Spain.

10-12 May 2006
FAO International Expert Consultation on Wildland Fire (J.G. Goldammer and C.Scholz); Madrid, Spain.

11-12 May 2006
Conference on Promoting Partnerships for the Implementation of the ASEANAgreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution – a call for partnerships for theimplementation of the Agreement (D. Kraus); HaNoi, Viet Nam.

16 May 2006
Work visit of the Co-Director of the EU / GTZ-Indonesia Forest Fire ManagementProject, Palembang (Sumatra), Mr. K.-H. Steinmann; GFMC.

18 May 2006
Meeting and field visit with County Administrative Board of Västernorrland, NatureConservation Office,concerning prescribedburning candidate sites for the European Fire in Nature Conservation Network andFIRE PARADOX (J.G. Goldammer); Sundsvall,Sweden.

A prescribed burning site managed by the County Administrative Board of Västernorrland, Nature Conservation Office, near Sundsvall, Sweden

On-site inspection of prescribed burning sites in Jämtgaveln and Stormyran-Lommyran, near Sundsvall, Sweden, with Anna-Maria Eriksson (Department of Natural Sciences, Mid Sweden University), Tomas Rydkvist (County Administrative Board of Västernorrland, Nature Conservation Office), and Bengt Gunnar Jonsson (Department of Natural Sciences, Mid Sweden University).

23-26 May 2006
Meeting of the Regional Southeast Europe Wildland Fire Network in tandem withthe 33rd Session of the FAO European Forestry Commission (J.G.Goldammer); Zvolen, Slovakia.

30 May 2006

Meeting with Fire WatchInternational AG, Luzern, Switzerland; GFMC.

June 2006

13 June 2006
Meeting with the Executive Secretary EuropeanCouncil, Euro-Mediterranean Major HazardsAgreement (EUR-OPA), Mr. Eladio Fernandez-Galiano, concerning cooperation withthe European Centre on Forest Fires; GFMC.

15 June 2006
GOFC-GOLD international telephone conference (J.G. Goldammer); AT&T.

18-24 June 2006

On-site work in the PHARE Institution BuildingProgramme – Twinning Project “Strengthening of the Administrative Capacity of the State ForestryAdministration of Bulgaria” (BG/2004/IB/AG/04/UE) (Fire Management) (J.G. Goldammer); Sofia,Bulgaria.

26 June 2006
Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents of the European andMediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) (OpenPartial Agreement on the Prevention of, Protection Against, and Organisation ofRelief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters), Council of Europe (J.G. Goldammer); Paris, France.

30 June – 2 July 2006
Prescribed burning operations for conservation of atlantic Calluna heathlands in NW Germany (C. Scholz, S. Eckert, D.Kraus, J.G. Goldammer); Lütjenholm, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

Atlantic Calluna heathlands near Lütjenholm, NW Germany

July 2006

5 July 2006
On-site preparation of prescribed burning experiment for maintaining habitats of Capercaillie(Tetrao urogallis) in the Black Forest (J.G. Goldammer, D. Kraus); Yach, Germany.

7 July 2006
Meeting of the Executive Board, German National Committee for Disaster Reduction within the UN-ISDR (DeutschesKomitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV) (J.G. Goldammer); Bonn, Germany.

11 July 2006
Inauguration of the UN Campus in Bonn under the patronage of the Chancellor Merkel, German Government, and UNSecretary General Kofi Anan (J.G. Goldammer); Bonn, Germany.

UNSecretary General Kofi Annan delivering an address at the occasion of theopening of
the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany, 11 July 2006

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan cutting the ribbonat the occasion of the opening of the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany, 11 July 2006

12-14 July 2006
Follow-up work with FAO Forest Department on the development of the Fire Management Code and the Strategyfor International Cooperation in Wildland Fire Management (J.G. Goldammer); FAORome, Italy.

20 July 2006
GOFC-GOLD international telephone conference (J.G. Goldammer); AT&T.

21 July 2006
On-site preparation of prescribed burning experiment for FIRE PARADOX: reducingwildfire hazard (fuel accumulation) and enhancing natural regenerationmaintaining of pine forests in Baden Wuerttemberg State, Forest District Staufen(J.G. Goldammer, D. Kraus); Breisach Community Forest, Germany.

Open, windblow-affected pine stand, candidate for prescribed burning for fire hazard reduction and promotion of natural regeneration of Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris), Breisach Community Forest, Forest District Staufen, Baden-Württemberg State, Germany.

Discussion of planned prescribed burning experiments with forest officers of Forest District Staufen: Christoph Hoffmann (Forest District Staufen), Joerg Pflueger (Forest District Staufen), Johann G. Goldammer (GFMC) and Daniel Kraus (GFMC)

28 July 2006
Consultation with German Railways and Ministry for Environment, Bavaria State,on the use of prescribed fire for reducing wildfire ignition risk along railwaytracks in Germany; Munich, Germany.

August 2006

1 August 2006
Temporary GFMC staff member, Ms. Michaela Spielmann, assuming work for FIREPARADOX (German legislation in the field of fire management) (1 August – 30September 2006); GFMC

8 August 2006
On-site consultations for prescribed burning in Gohrischheide andElbniederterrasse Zeithain Nature Reserve in the frame of an overall managementconcept and possible contribution for the European Fire in Nature ConservationNetwork (EFNCN) and Fire Paradox (J.G. Goldammer); Zeithain, Germany

9 August 2006
On-site consultations for prescribed burning in Heidehof-Golmbergand Jägersberg-Schirknitzberg NatureReserves in the frame of an overall management concept and possible contributionfor the European Fire in Nature Conservation Network (EFNCN) and Fire Paradox (J.G.Goldammer); Luckenwalde, Germany

Consultations in Heidehof-Golmberg Nature Reserve – a former military training site (shooting range) near Luckenwalde-Jaenschwalde, Brandenburg State, Germany, on planned prescribed burning operations for maintaining open, biodiversity-rich Calluna vulgaris sites. Participants: Ministry for Rural Space, Brandenburg State, Brandenburg Forest Service, Federal German Forest Service, Teltow-Flaeming Nature Conservation Agency 

Typical view of the Heidehof-Golmberg Nature Reserve with an explosive ordnance in the inserted photograph – one of the problems to be targeted by prescribed burning operations.

25-31 August 2006
13th Conference of the International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA)and field visits of prescribed burning experiments in Västernorrlandand adjoining regions (D. Kraus); Umeå, Sweden.

Participants of the pre-conference field trip on fire management in Västernorrland

30-31 August 2006
International Disaster Reduction Conference, Forest Fire Session and UN-ISDRWG Environment Meeting (J.G. Goldammer); Davos, Switzerland

September 2006

6-8 September 2006
Follow-up work with FAO Forest Department on the development of the FireManagement Code and the Strategy for International Cooperation in Wildland FireManagement (J.G. Goldammer); FAO Rome, Italy.

10-16September 2006
On-site work in the PHARE Institution Building Programme – Twinning Project “Strengthening of the Administrative Capacity of the State ForestryAdministration of Bulgaria” (BG/2004/IB/AG/04/UE) (Fire Management) (J.G. Goldammer); Sofia, Bulgaria.

21 September 2006

Preparation of OSCE- ledEnvironmental Assessment Mission to Fire-Affected Areas in Nagorno-Karabakh, inFulfilment of the UNGA Resolution A/60/L.60/Rev.2 “The Situation in theOccupied Territories of Azerbaijan : Revised Draft Resolution / Azerbaijan” (6September 2006) (J.G. Goldammer); Organization for Security and Co-operation inEurope (OSCE), Vienna, Austria.

28-30 September 2006
First International Northeast Asia Forest Fire Conference and ThirdInternational Meeting of the Regional Northeast Asia Wildland Fire Network (J.G.Goldammer); Khabarovsk, Russia.


Group photograph of participants of the First International Northeast Asia Forest Fire Conference and ThirdInternational Meeting of the Regional Northeast Asia Wildland Fire Network
Upper row (from left to right): A.P.Sapozhnikov, J.G.Goldammer, V.V.Ostroshenko, A.M. Doroshenko, E.V.Brusova.
Bottom row: (from left to right): Lkhamjav Tumurkhuu, Kim Dong Hyun, Lee Myung Bo, Cho Byung Cheol, N.V.Vyvodtsev, G.A. Missioura, L.G.Kondrashov, G.V.Sokolova, E.P.Davidenko, Bayartaa Nyamjav, M.A.Sheshukov, V.G.Kryukov, A.G.Grechko, K.Makoto.

Field assessment of the areas burned in Khabarovsk Krai in 1998 –
a stopover in a fire-excluded spot

Aerial view of the mountain region burned in Khabarovsk Krai in 1998: High-severity stand-replacement fires resulted in complete forest
depletion over extended areas

October 2006

2-13 October 2006
OSCE-led Environmental Assessment Mission to Fire-Affected Areas in Nagorno-Karabakh, in Fulfilment of the UNGA Resolution A/RES/60/285 “The Situation in the Occupied Territories of Azerbaijan: Revised Draft Resolution /Azerbaijan” (7 September 2006) (J.G. Goldammer, S. Teusan, N. Nikolov); Azerbaijan,Georgia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia (Baku, Ganja region, Armenia border region,Tiblisi, Stepanakert / Khankendi region, Yerevan).

Group photograph of the Mission GFMC Mission member J. Goldammer at the Line of Contact (LoC)

GFMC Mission member N. Nikolov, representative and coordinator of the UNISDR Regional Southeast Europe / Caucasus Wildland Fire Network 

GFMC Mission member S. Teusan in discussion with the military representative of Azerbaijan

GFMC Fire Assessment Mission to Fire-Affected Areas inNagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan led by OSCE.

16-20 October 2006

Fire Management workshop, PHARE Institution Building Programme – Twinning Project “Strengthening of the Administrative Capacity of the State ForestryAdministration of Bulgaria” (BG/2004/IB/AG/04/UE) (Fire Management) (J.G. Goldammer); Sofia-Borovetz, Bulgaria.

Participants of the fire management workshop, Borovetz, Bulgaria

This photograph is showing a situation, nearby Samokov, which is characteristic for many regions of Bulgaria: Large tracts of agricultural lands have been abandoned due to rural exodus. The abandoned fields are subjected to succession, increasing fuel loads and hazardous fuel bridges between former open lands and forests
(Photo: T. Petkov, Regional Forestry Board Lovetch)

Fire management workshop instructors and participants at a forest site near Samokov (from left to right): N. Nikolov (University of Skopje, Macedonia, Leader of the UNISDR Regional South Europe / Caucasus Wildland Fire Network), J.G. Goldammer (GFMC), V. Konstantinov (National Forestry Board, Sofia; standing), P. Panov (Bulgarian Association of Independent Private Forest Engineers), and I. Detchev (Ruse Regional Forestry Board)
(Photo: T. Petkov, Regional Forestry Board Lovetch)

19-20 October 2006
PREVIEW Fire platform meeting and SAB meeting (D. Kraus); Météo-Franceheadquarters, Paris, France.

23-28 October 2006
United Nations University (UNU)/ GFMC Advanced Training Course for Fire Management in Sub-Saharan Savannah Ecosystems ,sponsored by the German Foreign Office, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and conducted with the UNISDR Regional Subsahara WildlandFire Network (AfriFireNet) and Working on Fire (WoF) (D. Kraus, A. Held); Kruger National Park, South Africa.

 26 October 2006
Mr. Sundar Sharma, Nepal, resuming work at GFMC to support the establishment of the UNISDR Regional South Asia Wildland Fire Network; GFMC.

November 2006

8 November 2006

GOFC-GOLD Fire IT / GFMCtelephone conference; University of Maryland / GFMC.

Maintenance work / treefelling in GFMC experimental site (D. Kraus, A. Held); GFMC.

9-10 November 2006
Kick-offmeeting of the European Wildland Fire Management Handbook, EU Leonardo da Vinciprogramme, a joint effort of GFMC and the Commission on Forest Fires,International Technical Committee for the Prevention and Extinction of Fire (CTIF),facilitated by Rural Development Initiatives (J.G. Goldammer, M. Jones, C.Glaister); London, UK.

13 November 2006

Meeting of the ExecutiveBoard, German National Committee for Disaster Reduction within the UN-ISDR(Deutsches Komitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV) (J.G. Goldammer); Bonn,Germany.

16-17 November 2006
Lectureson fire ecology in ecosystems of the tropics and subtropics, Faculty for Forestand Environmental Sciences, Freiburg University (J.G. Goldammer, D. Kraus);Freiburg, Germany.

20 November 2006
Preparation of prescribed burning operations with German Railways (Deutsche Bahn) in Bavaria (J.G. Goldammer);Breitenguessbach-Foertschendorf, Germany

From left to right: German Railways Vegetation Management Team (Dr. G.
Hetzel, S. Schoenecker) with German Railways Managers (N. Wilk and J.
Schmidt) discussing the recurrence of grass fires along the railway tracks in Bavaria (Photo: GFMC) 

Typical high-fire risk embankment along a railway track in Bavaria.
Fires caused by sparks recurrently ignite the grass vegetation on slopes
and spread uphill to forests. Slope fires are forcing the railway
management to halt train traffic (Photo: GFMC).

23 November 2006
First plenary meeting of the EU-sponsored LIFE Rohrhardsberg with acomponent on the use of prescribed fire in maintaining landscape and ecosystemstructures in the Black Forest including habitat management of capercaillie (Tetraourogallus) and black grouse (Tetrao tetrix) (J.G. Goldammer, D.Kraus, M. Spielmann); Simonswald, Germany.

27-28 November 2006
Meeting ofthe International Liaison Committee (ILC), 4th International WildlandFire Conference (13-17May 2007, Sevilla, Spain) (J.G. Goldammer); Coimbra, Portugal.

28-30 November 2006
Group ofEarth Observations Plenary (M. Brady); Bonn, Germany.

28-30 November 2006
2nd PREVIEW Progress Meeting (D. Kraus); Toulouse, France.

December 2006

30 November – 1 December 2006
InternationalEarly Warning Programme (IEWP) Advisory Group Meeting, hosted by the UN/ISDRPlatform for the Promotion of Early Warning, topics among other: Development ofthe Global Wildland Fire Early Warning System (J.G. Goldammer, M. Brady); Bonn,Germany.

4-22 December 2006
GFMC facility undergoing major renovations (sponsored by Freiburg University). Visitors are welcome if assisting in managing themess.

4-6 December 2006
2nd GOFC/GOLD Workshop on Geostationary Fire Monitoringand Applications (J.G. Goldammer); Darmstadt, Germany.

11-15 December 2006
2nd FIRE PARADOX Plenary (J.G. Goldammer, D. Kraus); LasPalmas, Spain.

Field trip to rx demonstration sites in Gran Canaria Pinus canariensis stands in Gran Canaria

18 December 2006
Lectures on Global Wildland Fire hazards, Master Programme “Forest Ecologyand Management”, Faculty for Forest and Environmental Sciences, FreiburgUniversity (J.G. Goldammer); Freiburg, Germany.

18-19 December 2006
Work visit of the GEO Secretariat (Mr. G. Rum) in preparation of the GlobalWildland Fire Information System (J.G. Goldammer); GFMC.

20 December 2006
Preparation of a prescribed burning project of nature reserves contaminated withUnexploded Ordnance (UXO) in Brandenburg State (J.G. Goldammer); Berlin, Germany

22 December 2006
Planning meeting of the fire component in the EU-sponsored LIFERohrhardsberg project (use of prescribed fire in maintaining landscape andecosystem structures in the Black Forest including habitat management ofcapercaillie [Tetrao urogallus] and black grouse [Tetrao tetrix] (J.G.Goldammer); GFMC.

28 December 2006
Planning meeting with the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (DeutscheGesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit, GTZ);GFMC.

31 December 2006
GFMC greetings for 2007: Happy new Year to all colleagues, cooperators andespecially the members of the Global Wildland Fire Network.


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