1-31 January 2009 Preparation of projects of GFMC / Global Wildland Fire Network in the first half of 2009:
Development of a national and regional wildland fire policies and inclusion of Madagascar to the UNISDR Global Wildland Fire Network / Regional Sub-Sahara Africa Wildland Fire Network (11-21 January 2009)
Preparation of the Pan-Asia Forest Fire Consultation, hosted by the Regional Northeast Asia Wildland Fire Network, with participation of the Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia Wildland Fire Networks (Busan, South Korea, 1-7 February 2009)
Preparation of the Aerial Firefighting Conference (Anaheim, California, USA, 19-20 February 2009)
Preparation of a national fire management programme in Nepal, including strengthening regional cooperation in wildland fire management within the UNISDR Regional South Asia Wildland Fire Network (Nepal, tentatively 1-8 March 2009)
Support FAOs Fire Management Actions Alliance (FAO, Rome, March 2009)
Reorganization of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire (UNECE, Geneva, April 2009)
Preparation of a demonstration project on the use of prescribed fire in management of nature reserves contaminated by unexploded ordnance in Germany (April 2009)
Preparation of the 2009 Regional Seminar Fire Management on Terrain contaminated by Unexploded Ordnance (UXO), Land Mines and Radioactivity, UNISDR Regional Southeast Europe / Caucasus Wildland Fire Network, co-sponsored by the Council of Europe (CoE) and ENVSEC Initiative (Ukraine, date t.b.d.)
Meeting of the UN Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE) / Rosersberg Initiative on strengthening the international system in environmental emergencies (Brussels / EC, 6-8 May 2009)
Meeting of the International Liaison Committee of the 5th International Wildland Fire Conference Wildfire 2011 (Sun City, South Africa, end of May 2009)
Second meeting of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) (UN Geneva, 15-19 June 2009)
1 January 2009
GFMC staff Ms. Michaela Spielmann taking over temporarily position of GFMC General Manager and administration of GFMC Fire Paradox (until end of February 2009; D. Kraus to return from leave).
4 January 2009 Temporary GFMC staff Mr. Sundar Sharma returning to Nepal.
11-21 January 2009 Development of a regional wildland fire policies in Madagascar (Boeny and Diana regions) and inclusion of Madagascar to the UNISDR Global Wildland Fire Network / Regional Sub-Sahara Africa Wildland Fire Network (J.G. Goldammer); Antananarivo – Mahajanga, Madagascar.
Local Round Table with the Fire Management Committee at Besely Village, Boeny Region (16 January 2009)
Local Round Table with the villagers of Ankivonjy, Boeny Region (16 January 2009)
Regional Fire Management Round Table, Boeny Region, at
Mahajanga (15 January 2009)
National Fire Management Round Table at Ministry of
Forestry, Antanarivo (19 January 2009)
22 January 2009 Government of Nepal endorses final work plan for the project Development of a Forest Fire Management Strategy and Implementation Plan for Nepal; with Emphasis on Community Participation and Regional Cooperation sponsored by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), to be implemented by the GFMC (J.G. Goldammer) and the National Chapter of the UNISDR Regional South Asia Wildland Fire Network (S. Sharma) between 1 February and 31 July 2009; Katmandu, Yokohama, Freiburg.
22-28 January 2009
2nd Workshop on fire detection and assessment of fire use patterns through the Multidisciplinary Landscape Assessment (MLA2) with training field exercise (D. Kraus); Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand, India.
27 January 2009
GOFC-GOLD international telephone conference (J.G.Goldammer); AT&T.
1-6 February 2009 Pan-Asia Forest Fire Consultation for the UNISDR Regional Wildland Fire Networks of Northeast Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia (ASEAN), and South Asia (J.G. Goldammer); Busan, South Korea.
Andrey Eritsov (left) reading a joint presentation by Avialesookhrana of Russia and GFMC on international aerial firefighting operations; 10 Tanker (DC-10) test drops joined by A. Eritsov and J.G. Goldammer
23-25 February 2009 Max Planck Institute for Chemistry Scientific Advisory Board meeting and institute review (J.G. Goldammer); MPI Chemistry, Mainz, Germany.
2-7 March 2009
Training course Intermediate and Advanced Incident Command System, an activity of the Working on Fire / AfriFireNet / UNISDR Regional Subshara Wildland Fire Network / GFMC (A. Held, D. Kraus); Sunwa Resort, Parys, South Africa.
Mr. Fabian Poeschel, Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst (FH), Goettingen, joining GFMC for developing a BSc thesis on Objectives and practices of prescribed burning in nature conservation, landscape management and forestry in temperate-boreal Europe; GFMC.
Prescribed burning operations in Drover Heide Nature Reserve. Experimental fires to regenerate overmature Calluna vulgaris heath (M. Spielmann; with René Mause, Biological Station, Düren County); Nideggen-Brück, Germany.
Prescribed burning operations in Mehlinger Heide Nature Reserve. Experimental fires to regenerate overmature Calluna vulgaris heath (J.G. Goldammer, F. Poeschel); Mehlingen, Germany.
7-13 March 2009
Initiation of the field work and stakeholder consultations of the project Development of a Forest Fire Management Strategy and Implementation Plan for Nepal; with Emphasis on Community Participation and Regional Cooperation, sponsored by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), to be implemented by the GFMC (J.G. Goldammer) and the National Chapter of the UNISDR Regional South Asia Wildland Fire Network (S. Sharma) (see 22 February 2009); Kathmandu, Hetauda, Nepal.
Discussion with Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation, Government of Nepal (11 March 2009)Multi-stakeholder Consultation in Forest Fire Management Strategy for Nepal (11 March 2009)Forest Fire in Sivapuri National Park (10 March 2009)
16-19 March 2009
Nineteenth Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO) and World Forest Week, with meetings of the Fire Management Actions Alliance and the International Liaison Committee for Wildfire 2011 (J.G. Goldammer, A. Held); COFO-19 Special Event on Fire and Climate Change, with GFMC contribution Vegetation fires and climate change interactions (J.G. Goldammer); FAO, Rome, Italy.
2 April 2009
Meeting of the Joint UNECE/FAO Timber Committee / European Forestry Commission Bureaux and the Leaders of the UNECE/FAO Teams of Specialists (J.G. Goldammer); United Nations, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
6-7 April 2009
Prescribed burning operations within the EU-sponsored LIFE Rohrhardsberg project. Testing the use of prescribed fire in maintaining landscape and ecosystem structures in grazing systems in the Black Forest (A. Held, D. Kraus); Prechtaler Schanze, Oberprechtal, Germany.
21 April 2009
Briefing of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GTZ) (German Agency for Technical Cooperation), on the three-level national fire management project Integrated Wildland Fire Management and Wildland Fire Disaster Prevention in Mongolia, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and commissioned by the Deutsche GTZ – Advisory Project Disaster Risk Management in Development Cooperation on behalf of the BMZ. The project was implemented by the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) on behalf of the Mongolian-German project Conservation and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources (J.G. Goldammer); GTZ Eschborn, Germany.
25-29 April 2009 Rapid fire management planning support mission to Kazakhstan (J.G. Goldammer); Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Wetland wildfire South of Ili river, Kazakhstan, extinguised by the KazAviaLesoOkhrana fire crew on 29 April 2009 – pick up of the crew after mission completed
29 April 2009
Briefing of NaturSchutzFonds Brandenburg for the development of a project for prescribed burning in Heidehof-Golmberg and Jägersberg-Schirknitzberg Nature Reserves in the frame of an overall management concept on UXO-contaminated terrain (J.G. Goldammer); Eberswalde, Germany.
4-11 May 2009
FAO Wildland Fire Management Training Course (A. Held); Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Wildland Fire Management Training Course included participants from forestry and fire service of Ethiopia
4 May – 30 June 2009 Work exchange of GFMC staff as Fire Analyst Assistant to UT GRAF (D. Kraus); Tivissa, Spain.
6-8 May 2009
UN Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE) 8th meeting, co-organized with the Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) of the European Commission (J.G. Goldammer); European Commission, Brussels.
AGEE-8 meeting at the European Commission, Brussels
18 May 2009
International Liaison Committee (ILC) visit to AfriFireNet / Working on Fire (WoF) headquarters (J.G. Goldammer, A. Held), Nelspruit, South Africa.
19-21 May 2009
ILC Preparatory Meeting for the 5th International Wildland Fire Conference 2011 “WildFire2011”. The WildFire 2011 National Organizing Committee and the Scientific Advisory Committee to present the current status of preparation and future action items (J.G. Goldammer, A. Held); Sun City / Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa.
1-15 June 2009
Fire analysis training with UT GRAF (A. Held); Tivissa, Spain.
8-10 June 2009 NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Use of Satellite and in Situ Data to Improve Sustainability with contributions Early detection and monitoring wildland fires from satellite and in situ data: Preparedness and response (withBill de Groot and Sergiy Zibtsev) and Wildfires in the irradiated forests around the failed Chernobyl nuclear power plant: Needs for development of early warning, detection and monitoring capacity for disaster risk reduction (with Sergiy Zibtsev and Chad Oliver) (J.G. Goldammer); Kiev, Chernobyl, Ukraine.
Fire disaster specialists and NATO ARW Course Organisers (from left to right): Sergiy Zibtsev (National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine), Johann G. Goldammer (GFMC), Felix Kogan (NOAA) and Alfred M. Powell Jr. (NOAA)
8 June 2009 Business meeting regarding involvement in WildFire 2011 with European General Dealer of AirTractor (A. Held), Barcelona, Spain.
10-12 June 2009 XXe Rencontre du Réseau des Èquipes de Brulage Dirigé (D. Kraus); Tarascon sur Ariége, France.
15-19 June 2009 Second meeting of the UNISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, with GFMC Side Event Global Change and Wildfire in which the White Paper on Vegetation Fires and Global Change will be introduced to the UN system (18 June 2009) (J.G. Goldammer); Geneva, Switzerland.
21-27 June 2009 Fire Management Training Course Southern Caucasus Region, conducted in the frame of the ENVSEC / GFMC project Enhancing National Capacity on fire Management and Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus (J.G. Goldammer, with L. Kondrashov, E. Bilgili and N. Nikolov); Borjomi National Park, Georgia.
Georgian and Armenian trainees with instructors of GFMC and Regional SE Europe / Caucasus Wildland Fire Network
Presentation of the fire behaviour analysis ofthe 2008 fires in Borjomi Gorge, GeorgiaOn-site analysis of the consequences of the 2008 wildfires
on ecosystem and secondary damages (erosion, sediment transport)On-site information by Department of
Forestry Ministry of Environment of Georgia
The month of July 2009 is largely devoted to the consolidation of the UN White Paper on Vegetation Fires and Global Change:
1 July 2009 Defense of BSc thesis of Mr. Fabian Poeschel on Evaluation of objectives and practices of prescribed burning in nature conservation, landscape management and forestry in temperate-boreal Europe (Auswertung der Zielsetzungen und Praktiken des kontrollierten Brennens in Naturschutz, Landschaftspflege und Forstwirtschaft im gemäßigt-borealen Europa) (J.G. Goldammer); Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaftund Kunst, Göttingen, Germany.
3 July 2009 Business meeting regarding involvement in “WildFire 2011” with HAIX (www.haix.com) (A. Held), Mainburg, Germany
24 July 2009
Demonstration mission and aerial fire suppression demonstration drop of the B-747 Evergreen Supertanker by Evergreen International and GFMC (J.G. Goldammer, A. Held, M. Spielmann); Hahn Airport, Germany
Demonstration drop of the Evergreen Supertanker at Frankfurt Hahn Airport, 24 July 2009GFMC Team (A. Held, J.G. Goldammer, M. Spielmann) with
Evergreen Aerial Fire Suppression Trainer Bill Moody (from left to right)View of the retardant storage tanks inside the B-747 Supertanker (capacity: 20,500 gallons / 77.6 t of retardants)
28 July 2009 Visit of a forestry delegation (Head of Provincial Forest Service of Gansu Province; Director and staff of the Academy of Water Resource Conservation Forest, Qilian Mountains, Gansu Province), People’s Republic of China, on fire management in Qulian Mountains; GFMC.
31 July Workshop for Fire Professionals on CPS, Fire Analysis and Tactics and Strategies for Wildland FireFighting (A. Held, D. Kraus); Witten, Germany
13 August 2009 Meeting with Federal German Technical Relief Agency (Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk – THW), Federal German Ministry of Interior, Frankfurt Fire Service, Rottenburg University for Applied Forest Science and GFMC (J.G. Goldammer), on a concept for capacity building in wildland fire management in Germany; THW Berlin, Germany.
13-21 August 2009 Work visit to Professor John Dold, Manchester University, Fire Research Center, discuss fire research in Southern Africa; Fire Training Exchange introduction Fire Service North Ireland (pending), Fire Training Exchange introduction Northumberland Fire Service (A Held); United Kingdom.
17 August 2009 Work visit of the Economic and Environmental Affairs Officer of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (David Swalley); GFMC.
24-27 August 2009
Work visit with Federal Forest Service of Russia and the Russian Aerial Fire Protection Service Avialesookhrana (J.G. Goldammer); Moscow / Pushkino, Russian Federation.
On 25 August 2009 the Federal Forest Agency, Ministry for Agriculture, Government of Russia, awarded the Memorial Medal of the Federal Forest Agency (the highest national Russian Forestry Award) to Johann G. Goldammer, Moscow, Russian Federation.
26 August 2009 Work visit at the All-Russian Research Institute of Silviculture and Forestry Mechanization, Ministry of Agriculture of Russia, Laboratory of Radioecology, in preparation of the Advanced Seminar Wildfires and Human Security – Fire Management on Terrain Contaminated by Radioactivity, Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and Land Mines (Kyiv / Chernobyl, Ukraine, 6-8 October 2009) (J.G. Goldammer); Pushkino, Russian Federation.
Staff of the Laboratory of Radioecology with visitors of Avialesookhrana (A. Eritsov) and GFMC (J.G. Goldammer)
25-29 August 2009 Final workshop of the project “Forest Fires in India: Integrating ecological and cultural contexts and consequences” (project sponsored by the Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation) (D. Kraus); Delhi, India.
3-9 September 2009
National Round Table for the Establishment of a National Inter-Agency Fire Management Committee in Georgia, conducted in the frame of the ENVSEC / GFMC project Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus (4 September 2009) and field work in Georgia (J.G. Goldammer); Tbilisi and provinces of Georgia
All Georgian Ministries and Agencies involved in fire management attended the Round Table
14-16 September 2009
European Science Foundation (ESF) Exploratory Workshop on Improved Quantitative Fire Description With Multi-Species Inversions of Observed Plumes (J.G. Goldammer, M.O. Andreae); Farnham Castle, United Kingdom.
18-19 September 2009 Joint NASA LCLUC Science Team Meeting and GOFC-GOLD/NERIN, NEESPI, MAIRS Workshop Monitoring land cover, land use and firein agricultural and semi-arid regions of Northern Eurasia (J.G. Goldammer and representatives of the UNISDR Central Asia and South Asia Regional Wildland Fire Networks L. Kondrashov); exploratory fire mission in the mountain range between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan; National Center of Space Research and Technologies, National Space Agency, and Kazavialesookhrana; Almaty, Kazakhstan
View from a MI-17 helicopter during the fire reconnaissance flights
30 September 01 October 2009
Workshop Managing military training areas of high ecological value in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), organised by the Bavarian Academy for Nature Conservation and Landscape Management and Naturstiftung David in cooperation with CEEweb, with GFMC presentation Fire use on military training sites Techniques and applications: Fire as a tool in the land managers tool box (D. Kraus, A. Held); Passau (Germany) / Boletice (Czech Republic).
5-7 October 2009 4th Brazilian-German Symposium on Sustainable Development (IV Simpósio Brasil-Alemanha Desenvolvimento Sustentável), with GFMC contribution on Fire risk mapping for the Cerrado State Park, Jaguariaíva (PR), Brasil. (by L. Koproski, J.G. Goldammer); Curitiba, Brasil.
Advanced Seminar Wildfires and Human Security: Fire Management on Terrain Contaminated by Radioactivity, Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and Land Mines, conducted by the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) in the frame of the activities of the Council of Europe (CoE) and the joint project Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus (Environment and Security Initiative [ENVSEC], the UNISDR Regional Southeast Europe / Caucasus and Central Asia Wildland Fire Networks and the UNECE / FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire (J.G. Goldammer); Kyiv / Chernobyl, Ukraine
Seminar group in front of the sarcophagus of Chernobyl Reactor 4Field inspection of the contaminated forests in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ)
Security check at the entrance of CEZVisit of the Chernobyl Fire Brigade
16 October 2009
On-site preparation of the prescribed burning project Einsatz des Kontrollierten Brennens zur Realisierung von Naturschutzzielen auf nutzungsaufgebenen militärischen Übungsplätzen unter den Bedingungen von Kampfmittelbelastung: NSG Heidehof-Golmberg (2009-2012) (J.G. Goldammer); Luckenwalde, Germany
18-23 October 2009 XVIII World Forestry Congress, with GFMC contributions on Fire: A Threat to Conservation in the Tri-National Biodiversity Corridor (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay), and Evaluation of wildland fire danger rating indexes to the Cerrado State Park, Brazil (by L. Koproski and J.G. Goldammer) (L. Koproski); Buenos Aires, Argentina.
19 October 2009
Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fire Paradox Integrated Research Project (EU) in preparation of the closing meeting (February 2010, hosted by GFMC and EFICENT) (M. Spielmann, D. Kraus, A. Held, J.G. Goldammer); GFMC.
22-23 October 2009
Kickoff meeting of the project ALP FFIRS (Alpine Forest FIre waRning System): The forest fire danger prediction in the Alps (Alpine Space Programme), with GFMC observer contribution The Global Wildland Fire Early Warning System and ALP FFIRS: Towards an integrated approach (J.G. Goldammer); Turin, Italy.
26-27 October 2009
European and Mediterranean workshop Climate Change Impact on Water-Related and Marine Risks, with GFMC presentation Climate change and forest fires risk (J.G. Goldammer, presented by N. Nikolov, UNISDR Regional SE Europe / Caucasus Wildland Fire Network); Murcia (Spain)
3-4 November 2009
Conference Working on Fire: Future Challenges in Firefighting, in the frame of HeliWorld International Conference and Airtec 2009, co-sponsored by GFMC, Working on Fire International and European Rotor and Rescue Conferences, with GFMC Contributions International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (by J.G. Goldammer), The African Experience in Aerial Firefighting: Lessons identified for common wildfire problems (by A. Held), and Basics and Concepts of Fire Analysis (by D. Kraus); Frankfurt, Germany.
4-6 November 2009
Work meeting with UT GRAF to discuss the development of a qualification system and assessment procedures (M. Bruce, A. Held, D. Kraus); Barcelona, Spain.
5-6 November 2009
Aerial Firefighting International Conference and Exhibition, cosponsored and under the auspices of GFMC / UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group / Fire Aviation Working Group, with GFMC contribution Aerial Fire Fighting During Armed Conflicts and in Contaminated Terrains (by J.G. Goldammer); Rome, Italy.
9-13 November 2009
GFMC contribution to the 45th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC), International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), in preparation of fire management projects in ITTO member countries and preparation of WildFire 2011 (J.G. Goldammer); Yokohama, Japan.
20 November 2009
GOFC-GOLD Executive Committee Meeting, START office at AGU (J.G. Goldammer); Washington D.C., USA
20 November 2009
Fire Paradox workshop series to review guidelines and manuals for the prevention and extinction of Large Wildfires (D. Kraus); Girona, Spain.
27 November 2009
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, A. Held, D. Kraus, S. Maisch); Freiburg, Germany.
27 November 2009
Annual course Natural Hazards, Faculty for Forest and Environmental Sciences, Freiburg University (Germany), given by GFMC staff (J.G. Goldammer); Freiburg, Germany
30 November 1 December 2009
Seminar on “Basic Principles of Fire Ecology and Wildland Fire Suppression” at Brandenburg Technical University (Germany), given by GFMC staff (A. Held, D. Kraus); Cottbus, Germany.
1 December 2009 International telephone conference of the UNISDR Fire Aviation Working Group (U.S.A., Australia, Canada, GFMC).
3-4 December 2009 Fire risk assessment technical workshop (Fireglobe Project), University of Alcalá (J.G. Goldammer); Alcalá de Henares, Spain.
CTIF Forest Fire Commission meeting, (A. Held), Chelmsford, United Kingdom.
7-18 December 2009
Fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP), UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). GFMC virtual participation and presentation through the German Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction (Deutsches Komitee für Katastrophenvorsorge DKKV) at DKKV Side Event on 8 December 2008, 20:00-21:30h, room Saxo Grammaticus; Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark.
8 December 2009 Meeting of the Steering Committee, UN Advisory Group On Environmental Emergencies (AGEE) (J.G. Goldammer); Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
15-18 December 2009
Colloquium Fire in Human Evolution, Human History, and Human Society, Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW), with GFMC contribution Vegetation Fires and Global Change (J.G. Goldammer); Amsterdam, Netherlands.