GFMC CALENDAR 2010

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January 2010

Preparation of  GFMC activities in 2010

1-31 January 2010
Preparation of projects of GFMC / Global Wildland Fire Network in the first half of 2010:

  • International analysis of systems sharing aerial assets for wildfire fighting as a model for Europe (start: 4 January 2010)
  • Use of prescribed fire in the restoration and maintenance of open heathlands contaminated by unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the nature conservation area „Heidehof-Golmberg” (start: 7 January 2010)
  • Development of concepts for the use of prescribed fire in the restoration and maintenance of open habitats on areas managed by the German Federal Foundation for Environment (“Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt”) (start: 15 January 2010)
  • Preparation and implementation of the “Study on Wildfire Fighting Resources Sharing Models” for the European Commission, Civil Protection (GHK Consulting Ltd., with GFMC and CTIF) (start: 19 January 2010)
  • Preparation of the SADC Regional Consultative Workshop “Development of a SADC Cross-border Fire Management Programme: a Contribution to Regional Disaster Risk Reduction in Response to Global Climate Change” (25-27 January 2010)
  • Preparation of fire management outreach work in Southeast Europe in the frame of GFMC as Specialized Center of the Euro-Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) (start: 1-3 February 2010)
  • Preparation of an international consultation on fire management policies in the frame of GFMC as Specialized Center of the Euro-Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) and coordinator of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire and UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (start: 1-3 February 2010)
  • Preparation of the Closing Meeting of the European Research Project “FIRE PARADOX An Innovative and Integrated Approach to Wildland Fire Management” funded by the EC 6th Framework programme for Research (23-26 February 2010)
  • Preparation of the Advanced Seminar in Wildland Fire Management, in the frame of OSCE-ENVSEC regional initiative on fire management (Antalya, Turkey, 1-4 March 2010)
  • Preparation of the Aerial Firefighting International Conference and Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada (16-17 March 2010)
  • Preparation and implementation of fire assessments, fire management training and conducting national inter-agency Round Tables in the Southern Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia)
  • Preparation and implementation of the Regional Consultation and Exercise on Transboundary Cooperation in Forest Fire Management between the Russian Federation and neighbouring countries of East Europe and Central Asia, Irkutsk, Russian Federation (14-18 June 2010)
  • Preparation of a Joint Meeting of the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG), the International Liaison Committee (ILC) of the 5th International Wildland Fire Conference, the UNISDR-WFAG Fire Aviation Working Group (FAWG), the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire and the Secretariat of the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) (Open Partial Agreement on the Prevention of, Protection Against, and Organisation of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters), Council of Europe, to be held at GFMC (25-28 June 2010)

7 January 2010
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“ (2010-2012) (Use of Prescribed Fire in the Restoration and Maintenance of open Heathlands contaminated by unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the nature conservation area „Heidehof-Golmberg“ (J.G. Goldammer, A.Held); Luckenwalde, Germany.

15 January 2010
Development of concepts for the use of prescribed fire in the restoration and maintenance of open habitats on areas managed by the German Federal Foundation for Environment (“Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt”) (J.G. Goldammer); Osnabrueck, Germany.

19 January 2010
Kick off meeting of the “Study on Wildfire Fighting Resources Sharing Models” (GHK GHK Consulting Ltd., with GFMC and CTIF); European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.

21 January 2010
GOFC-GOLD Fire IT telephone conference (J.G. Goldammer); AT&T / University of Maryland / GFMC.

25-27 January 2010
SADC Regional Consultative Workshop “Development of a SADC Cross-border Fire Management Programme: A Contribution to Regional Disaster Risk Reduction in Response to Global Climate Change” (J.G. Goldammer, A. Held); Maputo, Mozambique.

The SADC and international adviser group at the end of the consultative workshop
(Maputo, 28 January 2010)

February 2010

1-3 February 2010
Annual Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents of the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) Open Partial Agreement on the Prevention of, Protection Against, and Organisation of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters), Council of Europe (J.G. Goldammer); Paris, France.

8 February 2010
Initiation of implementation of the “Study on Wildfire Fighting Resources Sharing Models” for the European Commission, Civil Protection (GHK Consulting Ltd., with GFMC and CTIF) (J.G. Goldammer); GHK, London, UK.

23-26 February 2010
Closing meeting (internal and external for policy and decision makers) of the EU IP “Fire Paradox”; GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.

 

Fire Paradox Final Conference, Internal Meeting, Group Photo (23 February 2010)

Conference talks in the corridors (23 February 2010)

External-Meeting (25 February 2010)

Talk between the Rector of Freiburg University (Prof. Schiewer, right)
and the Keynote Speaker (Prof. Goudsblom, left)

Interactive Session Café

Conference exhibition and interactive sessions in the Prometheus Hall

March 2010

1-4 March 2010
Advanced Seminar in Wildland Fire Management, conducted by the General Directorate of Forestry (Orman Genel Müdürlügü, Ankara) in cooperation with and co-sponsored by Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC), the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) / United Nations University (UNU), Faculty of Forestry, Karadeniz Teknik Üniversitesi, (Trabzon, Turkey), the UNISDR Regional Southeast Europe / Caucasus Wildland Fire Network and the UNECE / FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire (J.G. Goldammer); Antalya, Turkey.

 

GFMC at the Opening Session

Prof. Bilgili explaining specialized forest fire fighting equipment

Fire specialists from 11 countries enjoying the exercise

Commander in Chief of the Turkish Firefighting Force: Mr. Nurettin Dogan


4 March 2010

Public information and consultation with Nuthe-Urstromtal community on the prescribed burning project “Einsatz des Kontrollierten Brennens zur Realisierung von Naturschutzzielen auf nutzungsaufgebenen militärischen Übungsplätzen unter den Bedingungen von Kampfmittelbelastung: NSG Heidehof-Golmberg“ (2010-2012) (Use of Prescribed Fire in the Restoration and Maintenance of open Heathlands contaminated by unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the nature conservation area „Heidehof-Golmberg“ (A. Held); Nuthe-Urstromtal, Germany.

16-17 March 2010
Aerial Firefighting International Conference and Exhibition (A. Eritsov and R. Alder, for GFMC/WFAG/FAWG); Vancouver, Canada

22 March 2010
South Africa ICS Working Team Summit (A. Held); Sun Down Ranch, South Africa.

23-25 March 2010
2010 GOFC-GOLD Fire Implementation Team workshop (J.G. Goldammer); ESA / ESRIN, Frascati, Italy.

29 March 2010
Group meeting of the “Study on Wildfire Fighting Resources Sharing Models” for the European Commission, Civil Protection (GHK Consulting Ltd., with GFMC and CTIF) (J.G. Goldammer); GHK, London, UK.

April 2010

12 April 2010
39th Conference of Directors of UNU Research and Training Centres/Programmes (CONDIR 39) at UNESCO (J.G. Goldammer); Paris, France.

13 April 2010
Brainstorming workshop “Sharing Aerial Wildfire Fighting Resources – Options for Future Development of the EUCP Mechanism” in conjunction with the “Study on Wildfire Fighting Resources Sharing Models” for the European Commission, Civil Protection (GHK Consulting Ltd., with GFMC and CTIF), European Commission, Unit 03 Civil Protection and Disaster Response (J.G. Goldammer); European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.

15-16 April 2010
Public information and consultation with Nuthe-Urstromtal community on the prescribed burning project “Einsatz des Kontrollierten Brennens zur Realisierung von Naturschutzzielen auf nutzungsaufgebenen militärischen Übungsplätzen unter den Bedingungen von Kampfmittelbelastung: NSG Heidehof-Golmberg“ (2010-2012) (Use of Prescribed Fire in the Restoration and Maintenance of open Heathlands contaminated by unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the nature conservation area „Heidehof-Golmberg“ (J.G. Goldammer, A. Held); Jänickendorf / Nuthe-Urstromtal and Zschornoer Heide, Brandenburg State, Germany.

Project Team (from left to right: Alex C. Held and Johann G. Goldammer, GFMC; Stefan Klein, RANA;Kerstin Pahl, Nature Conservation Agency, Teltow-Flaeming County)

Public hearing in Jänickendorf

Excursion to Zschornower Heide Nature Reserve, led by Egbert Brunn, German Federal Forest Service (center)

23-24 April 2010
Federal German Environment Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt) brainstorming colloquium “Maintenance and Restoration of Open Landscapes in Germany” (J.G. Goldammer); Wiesenfelden, Germany.


The Wiesenfelden Colloquium Group
(from left to right: Johann G. Goldammer,
Karl F. Sinner, Hans-Juergen Schaefer, Werner Wahmhoff,
Detlef Czybulka, Hans D. Knapp, Werner Konold, Hans Biebelriether,
Hubert Weinzierl, Reinhard Stock, Wolfgang Haber)

May 2010

4 May 2010
Work visit of the Director of Leshossnab Company (Pushkino, Moscow Oblast), Mr. Andrey Filimonov, for demonstration of light firefighting equipment; GFMC.


Leshossnab slip-on unit for rapid attack vehicles

4-6 May 2010
Workshop on the Assessment of Forest Fire Risks and Innovative Strategies for Fire Prevention (UNECE-FAO Team of Specialists, co-sponsor); Rhodes, Greece.

12 May 2010
Work visit of Dr. Bob Yokelson, Department of Chemistry, University of Montana; GFMC.

14 May 2010
Meeting of the CTIF Forest Fires Commission (International Association of Fire and Rescue Services / International Technical Committee for the Prevention and Extinction of Fire); GFMC.

CTIF Forest Fire Commission members from the UK, Norway, Finland, Germany and Switzerland

Close up

Informal hand-over of chairmanship of the Commission fromMark Jones (right) to Havard Sormoen (left)

10-25 May 2010
AfriFireNet activities (A. Held); Mpumalanga, South Africa.

  • 2011 presentation, work meeting with WoF Executive Committee  re 2011 ICS structures, programme development, sponsors.
  • Pilanesberg Fire break burning
  • WoF national training week
  • Trilateral AfriFireNet prescribed fire exchange: RSA, UK (English Wildfire Forum), Portugal (GAUFF)

19 May 2010
FUSION user workshop “High Resolution Land Monitoring by Fusion of Optical and and Infrared Data“ including active fire products (follow-up of BIRD mission) (J. Goldammer); German Aerospace Center, Berlin.

20 May 2010
GOFC-GOLD Fire IT telephone conference (J.G. Goldammer); AT&T / University of Maryland / GFMC.

27 May 2010
Technical brainstorming on the establishment of an aerial firefighting squadron for Europe, with RVG Consultants; GFMC.

31 May 2010
Exercise of Video Conference “Recent Developments and Needs for Wildfire Fighting on the Ground: Tactics and Technologies”, organized by the Field Analytical Chemistry and Technology Unit/ National Technical University of Athens (FIACTU / NTUA), the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) (Conference Chair) and the European Center for Forest Fires (ECFF) (in preparation of the Video Conference on 10 June 2010); GFMC, ECFF, Freiburg / Athens.

June 2010

7-8 June 2010
On-site preparation / meeting of the Advisory Group 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) (“Prescribed burning on former military terrain contaminated by unexploded ordnance [UXO]”) (J.G. Goldammer, A. Held);Luckenwalde, Germany

7-12 June 2010
International Exhibition for Rescue, Fire Prevention, Disaster Relief, Safety, Security: “Interschutz 2010” (A. Held); Leipzig, Germany.

10 June 2010
Video Conference “Recent Developments and Needs for Wildfire Fighting on the Ground: Tactics and Technologies”, organized by the Field Analytical Chemistry and Technology Unit/ National Technical University of Athens (FIACTU / NTUA), the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) (Conference Chair) and the European Center for Forest Fires (ECFF); GFMC, ECFF, Freiburg / Athens.

10 June 2010
EU monitoring mission to EU-sponsored LIFE Rohrhardsberg project with a component on the use of prescribed fire in maintaining landscape and ecosystem structures in the Black Forest including habitat management of capercaillie (Tetrao urugallus) and black grouse (Tetrao tetrix) and fire management of montane pasture lands (H. Page forGFMC); Schonach, Germany.

16-18 June 2010
Regional conference on Transboundary Cooperation in Fire Management, hosted by the government of Russia, supported by GFMC, UNISDR and the UNECE/FAO team of Specialists on Forest Fire, with participation of government agencies of China, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, South Korea, U.S.A. (J.G. Goldammer); Irkutsk, Russian Federation.

26-29 June 2010
Joint Meetings of the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG), the Fire Aviation Working Group (FAWG), International Liaison Committee (ILC) for the 5th International Wildland Fire Conference and Fire Management Actions Alliance (FMAA), in cooperation with and supported by the Euro-Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA), Council of Europe; GFMC.

Participants of WFAG 2010 in front of GFMC

July 2010

5-9 July 2010
Workshop “Responding to the UNFCCC COP 15 outcomes: experiences, requirements, and actions to develop the next version of the GOFC-GOLD REDD Sourcebook”, hosted by the Canadian Forest Service (A.A. Hoffmann); Victoria, Canada.

 8-9 July 2010
Work meeting with Frankfurt Fire and Rescue Service (J.G. Goldammer, A.Held´, D. Kraus); GFMC, Freiburg Germany.

12-14 July 2010
Fire Management Training Course – Southern Caucasus Region, conducted in the frame of the ENVSEC / GFMC project “Phase Two – Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” and workshop for representatives of local communities in “Community participation in fire management” (J.G. Goldammer, A. Held); Borjomi National Park, Georgia.

Some impressions of the Borjomi Fire Management TrainingCourse 2010

15 July 2010
National Round Table on Fire Management in preparation of a National Fire Management Policy for Georgia, conducted in the frame of the ENVSEC / GFMC project “Phase Two – Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” (J.G. Goldammer, A. Held); Aarhus Center, Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Second National Round Table on Fire Management included participants
from the Ministry of Environment (Forest Department, Protected Areas Department), Ministry of
Internal Affairs (Emergency Department, Fire Department) and NGOs (WWF, IUCN),
facilitated by the Aarhus Center / ENVSEC.

16 July 2010
Planning meeting for prescribed burning of Calluna heath in Jägersburger Heide and Gudendorfer Heide, Dithmarschen County, with Bündnis Naturschutz in Dithmarschen e.V. and local authorities (J.G. Goldammer); Heide Germany.

Expert discussion at
Dithmarschen county
administration

Invasion of grasses (Molinia),
pine (Pinus sylvestris) in
endangered Calluna heath

Where is the fire?

PR poster in preparation of the prescribed burning action

August 2010

01-25 August 2010
Prescribed burning preparatory work and field implementation in various German states (Brandenburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheinland-Pfalz) (A. Held, J.G. Goldammer).

05 August 2010
GOFC-GOLD Fire IT telephone conference (J.G. Goldammer); AT&T / University of Maryland / GFMC.

12-14 August 2010
Russia fire emergency mission (J.G. Goldammer); Moscow Region, Russian Federation.

Visual impressions on fire situation during the GFMC emergency mission. Photos: GFMC

25 August 2010
GFMC presentation at IUFRO World Congress 2010 “Forests for the Future: Sustaining Society and the Environment” entitled “Wildland fires in the late Anthropocene: The role of fire management in future global environmental engineering” (by J.G. Goldammer, presented by B. de Groot); Seoul, Republic of Korea.

26-27 August 2010
On-site preparatory work at the prescribed burning project “Erprobung und Entwicklung von Methoden zur Heidepflege durch kontrolliertes Feuer auf munitionsbelasteten Flächen im NSG ‘Heidehof-Golmberg’ (Landkreis Teltow-Fläming)“ (2009-2012) (“Prescribed burning on former military terrain contaminated by unexploded ordnance [UXO]”) (J.G. Goldammer, A. Held); Luckenwalde, Germany

Office and field work for burning UXO contaminated areas. Bottom left, hand over of a GFMC donated portable fire pump to Fire Service Luckenwalde.
Photos: GFMC

September 2010

1-6 September 2010
UNESCO mission „Forest Fire Threat in Qadisha Valley, Lebanon: Precautionary Action to Prevent Damage or Destruction of the UNESCO World Heritage Site” (J.G. Goldammer); Beirut / Quadisha Valley, Lebanon.

Qadisha Valley: Land-use fires – a source of wildfires

 Discussion with the chief of Qadisha Valley Police Station

Qadisha Valley: Abandoned land use with resulting increase of wildfire hazard

Mr. Eng. Riad S. Keirouz, Executive Director, Community for the Preservation of Qadisha Valley (COSAQ), and his COSAQ forest guard

Meeting with the fire-endangered: Couvent SaydetCannoubine, with its head
Mère Clemence Helou.

Briefing of His Beatitude and Eminence Patriarch Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, Patriarch of Antioch and the Whole Levant, on Qadisha Velley fire management

2-3 September 2010
Workshop on „Upcoming Challenges in Early Warning and review of the Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning“, with GFMC presentation on „Status of the Global Wildland Fire Early Warning System“ (J.G. Goldammer and A. Held, presented by A. Held); United Nations Campus, Bonn, Germany.

3-17 September 2010
Work visit of Working on Fire, in preparation of WildFire 2011 (Kholiwe Luvuno and Christalene da Kella); GFMC.


A. Held, C. de Kella, K. Luvuno, J.G. Goldammer. GFMC / WOF team at GFMC “Tower”

7 September 2010
Workshop “Erhaltung von Offenlandlebensräumen auf aktiven und ehemaligen militärischen Übungsflächen” (“Maintenance of open land habitats on active and abandoned military exercise areas”) with GFMC contribution “Kontrolliertes Brennen zur Pflege von Calluna-Heiden auf munitionsbelasteten Flächen: Problemstellung, bisherige Erfahrungen und geplantes Vorgehen im Pilotvorhaben im NSG „Heidehof-Golmberg“ (Landkreis Teltow-Fläming)“ („Prescribed burning for maintenance of Calluna heath on UXO-contaminated terrain: Problems, experiences and planned procedures in the pilot project Heidehof-Golmberg“) (J.G. Goldammer); Federal German Nature Conservation Agency, Bonn, Germany.

10 September 2010
Visit of the Working Group “Landscape Management”, SPD parliamentary group, Baden-Württemberg State Parliament; GFMC.

GFMC briefing of members of State Parliament
(left to right: W. Kroegner, A. Winkler, J.G. Goldammer)

14 September
Planning meeting for Project “Fire / Fuel Break, Jueterbog West” (A. Held); Luckenwalde, Germany

15 September 2010
GOFC-GOLD Fire IT telephone conference (J.G. Goldammer); AT&T / University of Maryland / GFMC.

15 September 2010
Black Forest Fire Management workshop with community leaders to develop local fire-use capacity in the frame of the EU-sponsored LIFE Rohrhardsberg project “Testing the use of prescribed fire in maintaining landscape and ecosystem structures in the Black Forest including habitat management of montane pasture lands” (A. Held); Yach, Germany.

19-22 September 2010
Wildland fire field assessment and National Round Table on Fire Management in preparation of a National Fire Management Policy for Armenia, conducted in the frame of the ENVSEC / GFMC project “Phase Two – Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” (J.G. Goldammer); Yerevan, Khosrov Nature Reserve, Syunik Marz, Armenia.

 

Visual impressions of the Armenia fire assessment mission:
Monitoring of wildfires in the agricultural and pasture lands of Syuniq Region (top), fire-endangered mountain forests near Kapan (Syuniq Region) (middle) and consultations at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Yerevan (22 September 2010)

21-23 September 2010
UN Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) Workshop „Ecosystems, Livelihoods and Disaster Risk Reduction“, United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) with GFMC / GWFN contribution „Wildland Fires and Ecosystem Services: The Role of Fire Management in Stabilizing Ecosystems and Reducing Wildfire and Secondary Disasters” (A.A. Hoffmann, A.C. Held, N. Nikolov, S.P. Sharma); UNU-EHS, Bonn, Germany.

 
Members of the Global Wildland Fire Network in the workshop crowd

23 September 2010
State Duma of Russia parliament hearing “Forest fire protection legal support development”.
State Duma Committee for Natural Resources, Nature Use and Ecology (J.G. Goldammer) ; Moscow, Russia.


Presentation of the GFMC State DUMA Report on the Fires in Western Russia 2010, translated by A. Eritsov (Avialesookhrana)

October 2010

4-6 October 2010
International Conference “Forest Fires: Management and International Cooperation for Preventing Forest Fires in the APEC Region”, with GFMC contribution on “Challenges and Options for International Cooperation in Forest Fire Management” (J.G. Goldammer); Khabarovsk, Russia.


APEC Forest Fire Conference attendees in front of the Reception Hall of the Khabarovsky Krai Government


Avialesookhrana exhibition of smokejumper equipment


Special forest fire engine operated by the Khabarovsk Emergency Department EMERCOM


Demonstration of helirapelling training of Avialesookhrana firefighters


Demonstration drop by Beriev BE-200 over a demo fire on Amur River

5 October 2010
Workshop on protection and management of heathland, Norddeutsche Naturschutz-Akademie (NNA) (North German Nature Conservation Academy) (A. Held); Schneverdingen, Germany.

6-8 October 2010
Prescribed burning operations in Zschorno Heath Heide Nature Reserve. Experimental management fires to regenerate overmature Calluna vulgaris heath (A. Held); Zschornoer Heide, Brandenburg State,Germany.

 
Prescribed burning operations and RX burn Team led by A. Held (GFMC) and E. Brunn (Federal German Forest Service)

12 October 2010
International telephone conference (USA, Canada, Russia, Australia, South Africa, GFMC) of the Fire Aviation Working Group, UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group; GFMC / USDA Forest Service, Fire and Aviation Management.

13 October 2010
Prescribed burning operations in Mehlingen Heath Heide Nature Reserve. Experimental management fires to regenerate overmature Calluna vulgaris heath (J.G. Goldammer, A. Held); Mehlingen, Rhineland-Palatinate State, Germany.

 
Regeneration of overmature heath in Mehlingen Heath Nature Reserve

13 October 2010
International Day for Disaster Reduction: Round Table Discussion of the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR); International Environment House, Geneva, Switzerland.

13-14 October 2010
“Wildfire 2011” work meeting with ITURRI (A.Held); Sevilla, Spain.

14-15 October 2010
UNECE Timber Committee Session, with report and discussion of the activities of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire in 2010 and the planned UNECE Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management (to be hosted by the Italian Republic and supported by the Council of Europe as a contribution to the “UN International Year of Forests” in 2011) (J.G. Goldammer, Leader, UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire); Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

25-30 October
AfriFireNet workshop on WildFire 2011 sponsorship with DRAGER and the UK Wildfire Forum (A. Held); Graskop, South Africa.

November2010

1-2 November 2010
Global Climate Change Early Warning System Expert Consultation Meeting (United Nations Environment Programme [UNEP] proposal), GFMC / Canadian Forest Service contribution on the Global Wildland Fire Early Warning System (J.G. Goldammer); UN, Geneva, Switzerland.

8-9 November 2010
ERC Bellona (Russia) / Clean Air Task Force (CATF, USA) Workshop „Open Burning and the Arctic: Causes, Impacts, and Mitigation Approaches”, with GFMC presentation “Overview of Set Fires and Impacts” (J.G. Goldammer);St. Peterburg, Russia.

10-13 November 2010
On-site assessment of fire damages in Nizhny Novgorod Region and development of a regional fire management plan, within an agreement between the government of Nizhny Novgorod Region and Germany, conducted within the bilateral cooperation programme between the German Federal Ministry for Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer Protection and Russia (www.bmelv-kooperationsprogramm.de) (J.G. Goldammer); Nizhny Novgorod Region, Russian Federation.


Mikhailovskoe Forest District: Fires burning the organic layers resulted in a massive collapse of forests surrounding a peat bog


Mr. Vasiliy Prohorov, Director of Mikhailovskoe Forest District, in a burned forest that had been afforested after a wildfire in 1972


Mikhailovskoe Forest District Office


Fire intervention vehicle with logo of the Forest Fire Center of Nizhny Novgorod (Bor)


Verkhnyaya Vereya village: Completely destroyed by fire on 29 July 2010, now being reconstructed


By October 2010 more than 420 new houses have been set up


German delegation consulting with the head of the Forest Administration, Mr. Yury Gagarin


Post-fire salvage logged and replanted site near Viksa, South of Nizhny Novgorod city

15 November 2010
General assembly of the German Committee for Disaster Risk Reduction (Deutsches Komitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV), with GFMC presentation “Climate Change , Land-use Change and Vegetation Fires in Western Russia in 2010” (Klimawandel, Landnutzungsänderung und Vegetationsbrände in Westrussland 2010: Signalwirkung für Westeuropa) (J.G. Goldammer);Bonn, Germany.

17 November 2010
GOFC-GOLD Fire IT telephone conference (J.G. Goldammer); AT&T / University of Maryland / GFMC.

22 November 2010
Meeting of the Steering Committee (SC) of the Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE) (J.G. Goldammer); The Hague, Netherlands.

26 November 2010
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); GFMC / Freiburg, Germany.

29 November 2010
Kickoff meeting of the EU LIFE Project “Aurinia” with the component “Use of prescribed fire to create and maintain habitats for Euphydras aurinia” (J.G. Goldammer); Kiel, Germany.


Participants of EU LIFE Project “Aurinia” kickoff meeting

December2010

2 December 2010
UNFCCC COP-16 Side Event “The Fire this Time: The Climate-Society-Fire Connection”, a panel discussion (J.G. Goldammer via Video Conference from GFMC); Cancun, Mexico / GFMC.

6 December 2010
European Wildfire Seminar at Evergreen Aviation Washington DC Office, with GFMC contribution “Europe’s Wildfire Story” (J.G. Goldammer); Washington DC, U.S:A.
Note: This event has been cancelled due to the wildfire crisis in Israel and the deployment of the Evergreen Supertanker to Israel:

10 December 2010
Annual course “Natural Hazards”, Faculty for Forest and Environmental Sciences, Freiburg University (Germany), given by GFMC staff (J.G. Goldammer); Freiburg, Germany

13 December 2010
Second National Round Table on Fire Management in preparation of a National Fire Management Policy for Georgia, conducted in the frame of the ENVSEC / GFMC project “Phase Two – Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” (J.G. Goldammer); Aarhus Center, Tbilisi, Georgia.

13 December 2010
Inception meeting of GTZ financed Trilateral (Germany, Tanzania, South Africa) Fire Management project: Fire Management in Tanzania and Regional Fire Coordination Center (A. Held); Pretoria, South Africa.

17 December 2010
Workshop „Technical Input for the Implementation of the National Management Plan on Open Burning Smoke Haze Control“ (Thailand), with GFMC contributions „Vegetation fire smoke and human health: Towards increased efficiency of transboundary cooperation in fire and air quality management“ (J.G. Goldammer) and „Fire and smoke pollution monitoring, information and operational decision support systems“ (A.A. Hoffmann); Bangkok, Thailand.

31 December 2010
GFMC greetings for 2011: Happy New Year to all colleagues, cooperators and especially the members of the Global Wildland Fire Network, with a retrospective view of GFMC activities in 2010.


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