1-15 January 2007
Preparation of reports and projects:
Joint report of GFMC and European Center for Forest Fires (ECFF) / Council ofEurope (CoE) to the 4th International Wildland Fire Conference VegetationFire Smoke: Nature, Impacts and Policies to Reduce Negative Consequences onHumans and the Environment
24-25 January 2007
Prescribed burning operation in the frame of the Eurasian Fire in NatureConservation Network / FIRE PARADOX / AfriFireNet / Working on Fire (A. Held, D. Kraus, S.Maisch, W. Mbongo); Drover Heide, Germany.
26 January 2007 Meeting at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- undRaumfahrt DLR), German Space Agency, on an innovative global vegetation fireobservation system / AUSBIRD (J.G. Goldammer); DLR, Bonn-Oberkassel,Germany.
29 January 2007
Work visit of Volkswagen Foundation; GFMC.
1 February 2007 MrSundar P. Sharma, AssistantSoil Conservation Officer, Department of Water InducedDisaster Prevention (DWIDP), Kathmandu,Nepal, startingwork as GFMC UNISDR Regional South Asia Wildland Fire Network officer; GFMC
2 February 2007
Mr. D. Kraus leaving for field work on fire effects in seasonally dry tropicalecosystems in the Nilgiris, Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, India.
13-16 February 2007 Country – Led Initiative in support of the United Nations Forum on ForestsMulti Year Programme of Work of United Nations Forum on Forests: Charting theWay Forward to 2015 (J.G. Goldammer); Bali, Indonesia.
GOFC-GOLD/GFMC presentation at the Forty-fourth sessionof the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the PeacefulUses of Outer Space (COPUOS) on Use of Space Systems for Wildland Fire Early Warning, Monitoring andDecision Support in Wildfire Disaster Management (by Johann G.Goldammer, Chris Justice [GOFC-GOLD Fire Monitoring and Mapping ImplementationTeam] and Giovanni Rum [GEO Secretariat]); UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA),Vienna, Austria.
19-23 February 2007 Symposium Fire Ecology and Management in Indian Forests andconsultation on the foundation of the UNISDR Regional South Asia Wildland FireNetwork (D.Kraus); Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India.
27 February 2007
Joint meeting of GFMC,GOFC-GOLD, GEO Secretariat and WMO concerning the development of the GlobalEarly Warning System for Wildland Fire (J.G. Goldammer); WMO, Geneva,Switzerland.
1 March 2007
Mr Michael Bruce, Manager Glen Tanar Estate and Managing Director FirebreakServices Ltd., starting work as GFMC officer responsible for the EUROFIREproject, a collaborative project of GFMC and CTIF in partnership with FIREPARADOX; GFMC.
12-15 March 2007
18thSession ofthe FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO):Discussion of the non-legally binding Strategy to Enhance InternationalCooperation in Fire Management, including the (a) Fire Management VoluntaryGuidelines; (b) Implementation Partnership; (c) Global Assessment of FireManagement; and (d) Review of International Cooperation in Fire Management (J.G.Goldammer); FAO, Rome, Italy.
18-21 March 2007 Regional Wildland Fire Consultation on the Development of a Strategy onInternational Cooperation in Wildland Fire Management in the RegionalSouth East European / Caucasus Wildland Fire Network, coordinated by GFMC andthe UNISDR Regional South East European / Caucasus Wildland Fire Network, hostedby Bulgaria (J.G. Goldammer); Sofia, Bulgaria.
Countries participating in the consultation included Albania, Armenia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine
23-31 March 2007
Workshop on the Operationalisation of the Procedures of the Panel of ASEANExperts on Fire and Haze Assessment and Coordination, supported by the JointUNEP/OCHA Environment Unit, the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), EU-SouthSumatra Forest Fire Management Project (EU-SSFFMP) (J.G. Goldammer); Palembang,South Sumatra, Indonesia.
(Workshop lead by GFMC-UNEP/OCHA cancelled due topostponement of the workshop by two weeks)
26-27 March 2007 International Early Warning Programme (IEWP) Advisory GroupMeeting, hosted by the UN/ISDR Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning,topics among other: Development of the Global Wildland Fire Early Warning System(J.G. Goldammer); Bonn, Germany.
27-31 March 2007
Fire Paradoxprescribed burning operations and Fire Paradox / EuroFire consultations on firemanagement training in Western / Atlantic Europe (M. Bruce, D. Kraus, A. Held);Aberdeen / Glen Tanar, Scotland, UK.
1 April 2007 New staff member, Ms. Leticia Koproski, Médica Veterinária, M.Sc. forest,PhD student in forest science at the Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba,Brazil, and Projeto Fogo Selvagem (ParqueNacional de Ilha Grande, PR/MS) and Projeto Fogo Selvagem (ParqueEstadual do Cerrado, PR) starting work at GFMC, until March 2008; GFMC.
2-3 April 2007
Foundation meeting of the UNISDR Regional South Asia Wildland Fire Network (S.Sharma, J.G. Goldammer); Kathmandu, Nepal.
18 and 20 April 2007
Technical meetings of the EU-sponsored LIFE Rohrhardsberg project with a component on the use of prescribedfire in maintaining landscape and ecosystem structures in the Black Forestincluding habitat management of capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) and hazelgrouse (Tetrastes bonasia) (J.G. Goldammer, D. Kraus, M. Spielmann);Freiburg region, Germany.
19-20 April 2007
Steering Committee meeting of the EuroFire project (European Wildland FireManagement Handbook, EU Leonardo da Vinci programme), a joint effort of GFMC andthe Commission on Forest Fires, International Technical Committee for thePrevention and Extinction of Fire (CTIF), facilitated by Rural DevelopmentInitiatives (J.G. Goldammer, M. Bruce); London, UK.
20-21 April 2007 First prescribed burning experiments withinthe EU-sponsored LIFERohrhardsberg project. Testing the use of prescribed fire in maintaininglandscape and ecosystem structures in the Black Forest including habitatmanagement of capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) and hazel grouse (Tetrastesbonasia) (J.G. Goldammer, D. Kraus, M. Spielmann, A. Held); Yach/Rohrhardsberg,Germany.
4 May 2007 Meeting of Fire Paradox WP10.3 (Production of new training possibilities forfire professionals) and WP10.4 (Exchanges between prescribed burning andsuppression fire practitioners) (D. Kraus, A. Held); Institut National de laRecherche Agronomique (INRA), Unité de RecherchesForestières Méditerranéennes, Avignon, France.
12-18 May 2007
4th International Wildland Fire Conference with meeting of the UNISDRGlobal Wildland Fire Network (J.G. Goldammer, S. Sharma, M. Bruce); Sevilla,Spain.
13 May 2007 Meeting of the Steering Committee and the International Advisory Board ofthe EuroFire project (European Wildland Fire Management Handbook, EU Leonardo daVinci programme); meeting held as a sideevent of the 4th International Wildland Fire Conference (J.G.Goldammer, S. Sharma, M. Bruce); Sevilla, Spain.
5-7 June 2007 First meeting ofthe Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction under the auspices of the UnitedNations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) (J.G. Goldammer);UN, Geneva, Switzerland.
14 June 2007 Final Conference of the European Fire and Rescue Competence-based Project (FiReComp)with GFMC participation to establish links with the EuroFire and the FireParadox project on vocational training on a European level (D. Kraus);Amsterdam, Netherlands.
20 June 2007
Work visit of the representative of the “Conservation and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources” Program (a cooperation between the German Agency For Technical Cooperation and the Ministry for Nature and Environment of Mongolia), Ms. Bayartaa Nyamjav, to prepare joint field work in with Fire Paradox in Mongolia and Russia; GFMC.
2 July 2007 Work visit of StefanM. Teusan, Teusan ForestConsulting, on cooperation in wildland fire research in Mongolia; GFMC.
6 July 2007 National wildland fire management coordination meeting with GFMC, GermanFederal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), German Fire Services Association(Deutscher Feuerwehrverband), and the German National Committee forDisaster Reduction within the UNISDR (Deutsches Komitee fürKatastrophenvorsorge – DKKV); GFMC.
11 July 2007
Opening of Special Exhibition Unruhige Erde: Naturgefahren und ihre Risiken (Restless Earth: Natural Hazards and Risks), Keynote Speech Fire Ecological Incident or Natural Disaster? by J.G. Goldammer; Museum König, Bonn, Germany.
11-14 July 2007
Exhibition of the three Freiburg-based Max Planck Institutes (GFMC / MPIChemistry, MPI for Foreign and International Criminal Law, MPI Imunobiology)within the 550th Anniversary of Freiburg University; Freiburg,Germany.
13 July 2007
GFMC Summer Party; GFMC Research Site.
Breakout group in discussion on the future needs for a national fire management strategy
Fire danger warning sign and a local fire truck along a road in the forest region North of Lattakia.
23-27 July 2007 3° Simpósio Brasil-Alemanha Desenvolvimento sustentavel (3rd Brasilian-German Symposion on Sustainable Development, with GFMC contributions on International Cooperation on Wildland Fire Management and on Ecological Aspects of Fire in the Cerrado State Park (PR), Brazil (by L. Koproski, Johann G. Goldammer , D. Kraus); Freiburg, Germany.
25-28 July 2007 International Meeting onReduction of Disaster Risk fromCatastrophic Wildfires in the Chernobyl Irradiated Forests under theauspices of the NationalAgricultural University of Ukraine, Yale University, GFMC / UNISDR (J.G.Goldammer); Kiev, Ukraine.
Vice Prime Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk addressing the meeting
Discussion of a proposal to reduce release of radionuclide and airborne contamination by forest fires in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Reactor 4, covered by the sarcophagous
High wildfire hazard in a contaminated and insect-killed forest in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
Chernobyl scrap yard: Disposed helicopters and water tankers contaminated during the firefighting operation at the failure of Reactor 4
Chernobyl scrap yard: Disposed fire vehicles contaminated during the firefighting operation at the failure of Reactor 4
29 July – 1 August 2007
Deployment of GFMCstaff to assess the wildfire situation in Kosovo and to coordinate fireresponse, on request by the UN and on behalf of the Joint UNEP/OCHAEnvironment Unit (A.C.Held); Prishtina, Kosovo.
1-14 August 2007
GFMC mission to theproject termination workshop Lokakarya berbagi pengalaman, pengetahuan danketerampilan dalam pengelolaan kebakaran hutan dan lahan of theEU-GTZ-supported South Sumatra Forest Fire Management Project (Kerjasamateknis komisi Eropa Pemerintah Indonesia) (J.G. Goldammer, A. Hoffmann); Palembang,Sumatera Selatan, Indonesia.
Opening Ceremony of the workshop Anja Hoffmann presenting the Fire Management Voluntary Guidelines
8 August 2007
GFMCin the Second Channel of Public German TV (ZDF) Abenteuer Wissen(Adventure Knowledge), 22:15-22:45h (GMT +1)
16-18 August 2007
Meeting of the Steering Committee of the EuroFire project (European WildlandFire Management Handbook, EU Leonardo da Vinci programme) (C. Glaister, J.G.Goldammer, M. Jones, P. Bowers, M. Bruce, S. Maisch, D. Kraus, A. Held);GFMC.
EuroFire Team at work – photo by team member Claire Glaister (behindthe camera)
19-26 August 2007
Fire assessment mission to Serbia in the frame of the UNISDR Regional Southeast Europe / Caucasus Wildland Fire Network (J.G. Goldammer, N. Nikolov, V. Jovanovic); Beograde, Vojvodina, Tara-Mitrovac, Vodena poljana, Kopaoniku, Vlasina, Serbia.
Forest area near Kopaonik National Park burned in August 2007
Firefighters managed to protect the hay from the wildfire
Backpack pumps made in Croatia are commonly used for fire suppression and mop up
Hand tools in Tara National Park – ready to go
TV-based fire detection system in Vojvodinashume, Nature Reserve Banat
TV evaluation for location of fire starts
28 August 2 September 2007
Fire assessment mission to Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on request by the UN and on behalf of UNDP, UNEP and the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit, in conjunction with the UNISDR Regional Southeast Europe / Caucasus Wildland Fire Network (J.G. Goldammer, N. Nikolov); Skopje, Macedonia.
Effects of a high-severity fire (24-26 July 2007) , which destroyed 500 ha of natural pine forest (Pinus nigra, P. sylvestris) near Berevo, Macedonia.
Macedonia suffered some damages by burned telephone and power lines, such as in Katlanova in July 2007.
A wildfire, which burned 2800 ha of forest (P. nigra) and other lands on 27-29 July 2007, also burned down several houses of an informal Roma settlement in the outskirts of Bitola, Macedonia. 178 persons were evacuated.
Unexploded ammunition (UXO) from WW I combat theatres at the Macedonian line of contact in 1917 is representing a severe threat to human safety. More than 70 explosions of artillery grenades occurred during the 2007 fires nearby Bitola, Macedonia; no casualties reported.
UNEP-OCHA-UNDP-GFMC Fire Mission Team meeting with local and regional forestry and disaster / crisis management authorities in Kocani, Macedonia, 29 August 2007.
UNEP-OCHA-UNDP-GFMC Fire Mission Team meeting with local and regional forestry and disaster / crisis management authorities in Ohrid, Macedonia, 29 August 2007.
6 September 2007
GOFC-GOLD international telephone conference (J.G. Goldammer); AT&T.
13-20 September 2007
Mongolia field mission to prepare prescribed burning research plots in the frameof the Eurasian Fire in Nature Conservation Network (EFNCN) and Fire Paradox,and the development of a Mongolian-Russian-English Wildland Fire Terminology anda fire research programme and fire management training curricula at theMongolian Agriculture University, Forestry Department, and the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with the GTZ-Programme “Conservation and Sustainable Management of NaturalResources” (J.G. Goldammer, S. Teusan); Ulaanbaatar, Suchbaatar, Tunkel,Mongolia.
Mountain landscape near Tunkhel depleted of forests by illegal logging and wildfires.
Illegal logging truck leaving the already forest-depleted Khan Khentii Protected Area, Mongolia. Uncontrolled and non-sustainable logging is followed by wildfires that eliminate natural regeneration of larch and pine forests.
The town of Tunkhel, also called Sawdust City, is the center of processing illegally cut timber.
Khan Khentii Protected Area: Effects of illegal logging and wildfires are particularly detrimental on southern slopes, which dry out fast and human-set wildfires occur frequently
Award of the degree of Honorary Doctor of the Mongolian State University of Agriculture to Prof. Dr. Johann G. Goldammer (GFMC)
Meeting of the Joint GFMC, GTZ and Fire Paradox Group with the government authorities and researchers of Mongolia, at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences (19 September 2007)
21 September 2007
Meeting of the German National Committee for Disaster Reduction (DeutschesKomitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV); Bonn, Germany.
Joint meeting with GFMC, DKKV, German Firefighters Association (Deutscher Feuerwehrverband) and @fire; Bonn, Germany.
2-14 October 2007
Training Course on Community Based Fire Management (CBFiM) for Community Forest Users Group in the frame of the UNISDR Regional South Asia Wildland Fire Network, supported by the German Foreign Office, Task Force for Humanitarian Assistance (S. Sharma, D. Kraus); Chaukitole, Hetauda, Makawanpur, Nepal.
5-8 October 2007
Preparatory field work for prescribed burning operations in National Park “Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft” in the frame of the Eurasian Fire in Nature Conservation Network (EFNCN) (J.G. Goldammer); Hiddensee, Germany
Calluna vulgaris heathland on Hiddensee Island, endangered by abandonment of traditional mowing and grazing practicesCalluna vulgaris heathland on Hiddensee Island, endangered by succession of birch, pine and juniperNature conservation expert group preparing the first prescribed burning experiment on heathlands on Hiddensee Island
Fire scars in scattered old pine reveal the historic occurrence of heathlands fires on Hiddensee Island
7-9 October 2007
EuroFire project meeting (European Wildland Fire Management Handbook, EU Leonardo da Vinci programme) (C. Glaister, M. Bruce, S. Maisch, A. Held); Edinburgh, Scotland.
Contribution to the 6thInternational Zoo and Wildlife Research Conference on Behaviour, Physiology andGenetics, Conservation Biology Section, on XenarthransAttitudes During Wildfires in Brazil (L. Koproski); Berlin, Germany.
15-16 October 2007
8th National Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction on Disaster RiskReduction in a Changing Climate. German Committee for Disaster Reduction(Deutsches Komitee für Katastrophenvorsorge DKKV) within the ISDR andCenter for Disaster Risk Management and Reduction Technology (CEDIM), KarlsruheUniversity; public lecture by J.G. Goldammer«Klimawandel und Feuer: Sind die Wälder der Erde noch zu retten? Einekritische Analyse weltweiter Waldbrände und Waldverbrennung unter demVorzeichen des Klimawandels» (J.G.Goldammer, L. Koproski); Karlsruhe, Germany.
20-23 October 2007
Training course Use of Fire Suppression Hand Tools at the Croatian FireService within the framework of the FAO TCP “National Strategy for ForestFire Protection” (3-XII-CRO-201) (A. Held); Split, Croatia.
28 October 3 November 2007
Foro Centroamericano sobre Manejo del Fuego: Incendios forestales una realidad en Centroamerica. GTZ Trifinio trilateral fire management projectEl Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras (J. G. Goldammer); San Salvador, El Salvador.
12-16 November 2007 West Africa Regional Network (WARN) Meeting on Earth Observation and Environmental Change, in conjunction with the GOFC-GOLD Workshop on Requirements for Fire Early Warning Systems in Africa (J.G. Goldammer, A. Held); University of Ghana (Legon), Accra, Ghana.
Countries participating in the regional network meeting included representatives from Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, supported by the Canadian Forest Service, GEO Secretariat, GFMC, GOFC-GOLD, JRC Post-conference fire verification mission near Tamale, hosted by the Integrated Tamale Fruit Company (ITFC)
15 / 16 / 22 November 2007
Annual course “Fire Ecology in Ecosystems of the Tropics and Subtropics”, Faculty for Forest and Environmental Sciences, Freiburg University (Germany), given by GFMC staff (J.G. Goldammer, D. Kraus, S. Maisch); Freiburg University, Germany.
22-23 November 2007 Training on fuel assessment methods (Cube method) on fuel breaks in the Luberon mountains with INRA (M. Spielmann, D. Kraus); Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Unité de Recherches Forestières Méditerranéennes, Avignon, France.
26 November 2007 Meeting of the Executive Board, German National Committee for Disaster Reduction within the UN-ISDR (Deutsches Komitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV) (J.G. Goldammer); Bonn, Germany.
28 November 2007 Stakeholder meeting of the EU-sponsored LIFE Rohrhardsberg project, concerning the component Prescribed fire in maintaining landscape and ecosystem structures in the Black Forest including habitat management of capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) and hazel grouse (Tetrastes bonasia) (D. Kraus, M. Spielmann); Simonswald, Germany.
7 December 2007
Annual course “Natural Hazards Wildland Fire Hazards”, Faculty for Forest and Environmental Sciences, Freiburg University (Germany), given by GFMC staff (J.G. Goldammer); Freiburg University, Germany.
11-19 December 2007
National Round Table on Fire Management, Nepal (J.G. Goldammer, S. Sharma); Kathmandu, Nepal.