GFMC CALENDAR 2012

January | February| March | April | May| June | July | August| September | October | November| December


Preparation of GFMC activities in 2012

January 2012

1-31 January 2012
Preparation of projects of GFMC / Global Wildland Fire Network in 2012:

20 January 2012
Meeting with United Nations University (UNU) Vice Rector in Europe and Director of UNU Institute for Environment and Security (UNU-EHS) (Bonn, Germany), J. Rhyner, for extending the agreement with the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) as an Associated Institution of the United Nations University (J.G. Goldammer, B. Oyunsanaa, P. Sheldon); GFMC, Germany.

Discussions between Vice Rector of United Nations University, Jakob Rhyner, and GFMC staff Pete Sheldon, Byambasuren Oyunsanaa and Johann G. Goldammer, on the extension of the agreement between UNU and GFMC as UNU Associated Institute.

24-26 January 2012
Conference on “Climate Change & Forest Fires in the Mediterranean Basin: Risk Reduction & Management” with opening keynote “Wildland fires in the Eastern Mediterranean & Near East from the perspective of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction“ and contribution „Regional perspectives: the role of formal and informal networks“, presented on behalf of the UNECE/FAO Team o Specialists on Forest Fire (J.G. Goldammer); Nir Etzion, Israel.

On-site visit of the Mt. Carmel Biosphere Reserve affected by wildfire in December 2010

February 2012

February 2012 is largely reserved for prescribed burning in various conservation sites in Germany.

1-2 February 2012
Mid-term Meeting of the ALP FFIRS – Alpine Forest Fire Warning System (J.G. Goldammer); Desenzano del Garda/Brescia, Italy.

2 February 2012
On-site preparatory work of the prescribed burning project “Erprobung und Entwicklung von Methoden zur Heidepflege durch kontrolliertes Feuer auf munitionsbelasteten Flächen im NSG ‘Heidehof-Golmberg’ (Landkreis Teltow-Flaeming)“ (2009-2012) (“Prescribed burning on former military terrain contaminated by unexploded ordnance [UXO]”, Teltow-Flaeming County, Germany) (J.G. Goldammer); Nuthe-Urstromtal / Heidehof-Golmberg Nature Reserve, Germany.

2-3 February 2012
Annual meeting of the Directors of the European and Mediterranean Centres of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement Meeting (EUR-OPA) (Open Partial Agreement on the Prevention of, Protection Against, and Organisation of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters), Council of Europe (I. Mitsopoulos, representing the Global Fire Monitoring Center and the European Centre for Forest Fires – ECFF); Ravello, Italy.

         
Ioannis Mitsopoulos representing GFMC and ECFF at the EUR-OPA meeting

7-9 February 2012
Scientific Advisory Board Meeting, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (J.G. Goldammer); Mainz, Germany.

16 February 2012
Meeting with Freiburg Fire Service in preparation of urban-forest fire management plan (B. Oyunsanaa, J.G. Goldammer); Freiburg, Germany.

Discussion of the Freiburg Forest Fire Protection Plan, with Peter Kuenzle (right) and Christian Emrich (center), Freiburg Fire Service, and GFMC (J.G. Goldammer, left)

17 February 2012
Consultations with Novosibirsk / Siberia Expo Centre in preparation of joint Russian-German activities (B. Oyunsanaa, J.G. Goldammer); GFMC, Germany.

29 February 2012
Consultations with RVE / FALKO Group; GFMC.

March 2012

March 2012 is largely reserved for prescribed burning in various conservation sites in Germany.

2 March 2012
Seminar “Mathematical Modelling of Forest Fires” with S. Eberle, Kaiserslautern Technical University, and GFMC staff (J. O’Brien, I. Mitsopoulos, B. Oyunsanaa, P. Sheldon, J.G. Goldammer); GFMC.

Sarah Eberle presenting the forest fire modelling approach, with lively discussion with GFMC staff.

7-8 March 2012
L’atelier Alpin sur les Brûlages Dirigés et les Feux Tactiques; Vence, Alpes Maritimes, France.

7-8 March 2012
Evaluation of wildfire-affected research sites of the prescribed burning project “Erprobung und Entwicklung von Methoden zur Heidepflege durch kontrolliertes Feuer auf munitionsbelasteten Flächen im NSG ‘Heidehof-Golmberg’ (Landkreis Teltow-Flaeming)“ (2009-2012) (“Prescribed burning on former military terrain contaminated by unexploded ordnance [UXO]”, Teltow-Flaeming County, Germany) (J.G. Goldammer); Nuthe-Urstromtal / Heidehof-Golmberg Nature Reserve, Germany.

On 7 March 2012 an arson-caused wildfire burned 80% of a key research plot of the prescribed burning project. Night image and follow-up next day.

12-14 March 2012
International Workshop on Fire Management as a Tool for Wildfire Prevention, a collaboration activity between JICA Brasil and the National Center for Wild Fire Prevention and Combat Prevfogo, under the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Natural Renewable Resources Ibama. The workshop was supported with participation of the Global Wildland Fire Network and a GFMC presentation by the coordinator of the UNISDR Regional Subsahara Wildland Fire Network (David Asare, Ghana); Brasilia, Brazil

13-14 March 2012
Kick-off meeting of DARIUS project (I. Mitsopoulos, also for J.G. Goldammer and  M. Statheropoulos); London, United Kingdom.

Participants of kick-off meeting of DARIUS project

16 March 2012
International Conference “Vocational Education and Training in Forest Management for State Forestry Personnel”, hosted by the All-Russian Institute of Continuous Education in Forestry (ARICEF), with GFMC / UNU / UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire contribution on “International Educational Projects in Forest Fire Management” (J.G. Goldammer); Pushkino, Moscow Region, Russian Federation.

20-21 March 2012
ASEAN Technical Workshop “Peatland Fire Prediction and Early Warning System”, with GFMC co-contributions with Bambang Hero Saharjo (UNISDR Regional SE Asia Wildland Fire Network; Indonesia) and Bill de Groot (Global Wildland Fire Early Warning System); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 
Opening of the Workshop by Raman Letchumanan, Head of Environment Division, ASEAN Secretariat

22-24 March 2012
First prescribed burning campaign in the field project “Erprobung und Entwicklung von Methoden zur Heidepflege durch kontrolliertes Feuer auf munitionsbelasteten Flächen im NSG ‘Heidehof-Golmberg’ (Landkreis Teltow-Flaeming)“ (2009-2012) (“Prescribed burning on former military terrain contaminated by unexploded ordnance [UXO]”, Teltow-Flaeming County, Germany) (J.G. Goldammer, B. Oyunsanaa, I. Mitsopoulos); Nuthe-Urstromtal / Heidehof-Golmberg Nature Reserve, Germany.

 

 Snapshots of the first RX Burning Experiment on UXO-contaminated terrain involving remote ignition from armored vehicles, on the first two experimental plots.

25-29 March 2012
International Symposium on “Biodiversity Research in Mongolia”. 50 Years of Mongolian-German Biological Expeditions: an Anniversary (1962-2012). With GFMC contribution „Forest fire history based on tree-ring analysis” (B. Oyunsanaa); Halle/Saale, Germany.

Symposium participants

27-28 March 2012
Internal German Federal Forest Service Workshop on the Use of Prescribed Fire in Maintaining and Restoring Open Land Habitats on Former and Active Military Training Ranges” (J. G. Goldammer); Bundesforstbetrieb / Federal Forest District Lausitz, Germany

Leadership of the Federal German Forest Service watching the demonstration of prescribed burning technologies for maintaining open Calluna heathland conservation sites.

27-29 March 2012
Final Conference, Cost Action FP0701 “Post-Fire Forest Management in Southern Europe”, a network of researchers and practitioners who worked together between 2008 and 2012 in the field of fire ecology and forest management from all around Europe. With GFMC Contribution “Wildfires and post-fire problems in Southeast Europe, Caucasus and Middle East: Initiatives by the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) and the Regional Southeast Europe/Caucasus Fire Monitoring Center (RFMC) to support rehabilitation efforts and fire management capacity building“ (I. Mitsopoulos for J.G. Goldammer and N. Nikolov) and „Assessing fuel hazard in Mediterranean forest types“ (I. Mitsopoulos); Thessaloniki, Greece.

Ioannis Mitsopoulos presenting the joint GFMC / RFMC report

27-29 March 2012
Thirty-fourth session, Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management, with Strategic Review 2013: Results of Team of Specialists Internal Evaluations (J.G. Goldammer, partially represented by S. Zibtsev on behalf of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire); Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

April 2012

2-4 April 2012
Regional Meeting of the ENVSEC Initiative in the South Caucasus, with GFMC / OSCE contribution on Phase III of the ENVSEC Initiative “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” through GFMC and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) (J.G. Goldammer); Tbilisi, Georgia.

Delegations of the South Caucasus countries Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia Attended the regional workshop, which was addressing the OSCE / ENVSEC
Project on Forest Fire Management in the South Caucasus

4-5 April 2012
Meeting with National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, Institute of Forestry and Park Management, on GFMC cooperation wit Ukraine on fire research and monitoring in Eastern Europe (J.G. Goldammer); Kiev, Ukraine.

16 April 2012
GFMC Seminar on the “Use of Prescribed Fire in Maintaining Mountain Meadows / Grasslands in Austria”, with Michael Machatschek (Forschungsstelle für Landschafts- und Vegetationskunde, Hermagor, Austria); GFMC.

22-27 April 2012
European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2012, with contribution by National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine and GFMC on “Contribution of agricultural and forest fires in Ukraine to impact of Eurasian burnings on Arctic“ (S. Zibtsev, J.G. Goldammer and D. Gilitukha); Vienna, Austria.

24-26 April 2012
Fifth United Nations International UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop on Disaster Management and Space Technology “Strengthening global synergies through knowledge management, portals and networks” organised by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), with GFMC contribution on the Global Wildland Fire Network; Bonn, Germany.

May 2012

3 May 2012
IAWF Webinar “On the Causes and Movement of Smoke-Induced Fog” with GFMC participation (I. Mitsopoulos); online.

3 May 2012
International Telephone Conference of the International Liaison Committee (ILC) of the International Wildland Fire Conferences (J.G. Goldammer); USFS Telephone Conference System, Washington, D.C., USA.

8 May 2012
Evaluation of the first prescribed burning campaign in the field project “Erprobung und Entwicklung von Methoden zur Heidepflege durch kontrolliertes Feuer auf munitionsbelasteten Flächen im NSG ‘Heidehof-Golmberg’ (Landkreis Teltow-Flaeming)“ (2009-2012) (“Prescribed burning on former military terrain contaminated by unexploded ordnance [UXO]”, Teltow-Flaeming County, Germany) (J.G. Goldammer, B. Oyunsanaa, I. Mitsopoulos); Nuthe-Urstromtal / Heidehof-Golmberg Nature Reserve, Germany.

13-19 May 2012
Joint research work and field visits on agricultural burning in Ukraine, in cooperation with the Institute of Forestry and Park Management, National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (Prof. Dr. Sergiy Zibtsev and staff) and GFMC (P. Sheldon); Kiev, Ukraine.

15 May 2012
Lecture “Feuerökologie der Natur- und Kulturlandschaften der Erde – Einklang und Konflikte” (Fire Ecology of Natural and Cultural Landscapes of the World: Harmoy and Conflicts”), given in the frame of lectures of the Freiburg Institute for Paleoscientific Studies (J.G. Goldammer); Freiburg University (KG I, HS 1021), Freiburg, Germany.

21 May 2012
World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe Workshop „Health aspects of wildfire smoke“, organized in collaboration with the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health (WHO-ECEH) and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Finland, in conjunction with the 15th Meeting of the Joint Convention / WHO Task Force on Health Aspects of Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Firest Fire and GFMC key inputs on „Transboundary co-operation in management of vegetation fires and fire emissions“ (J.G. Goldammer); Bonn, UN Campus, Germany.

24-28 May 2012
Official exchange visit of the German Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMVEL), led by State Secretary Peter Bläser MdB, with the Federal Forest Agency of the Russian Federation, led by Alexander Victorovich Panfilov, State Secretary and Deputy Head of the Federal Forestry Agency, on bilateral cooperation in forestry, including a joint fire management programme (J.G. Goldammer); Tomsk, Russian Federation.

Bilateral negotiations in forestry and fire management (26 May 2012) and Field demonstration of UAS in fire suppression operations

29 May 2012
Fourth 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); Tbilisi, Georgia.

The 4th National Round Table was held at Goethe Institute, Tbilisi

30 May 2012
Workshop Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilient and Sustainable Development for the South Caucasus Region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia): Field day on Progress in Capacity Building in Fire Management at Community Level at Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park (J.G. Goldammer); Tbilisi, Borjomi, Georgia.

Revisit of the forest site near Daba village, Borjomi, affected by wildfire in 2008.
General recovery by natural succession but some erosion and landslide threats visible

31 May 2012
UNEP – OCHA Workshop on the Framework for Environmental Emergency Response and Preparedness, with GFMC contribution on „Improving National and International Governance in Wildfire Emergency Preparedness and Response (J.G. Goldammer); United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

June 2012

6 June 2012
Consultation with German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and Ambero Consulting, Mr. P. Buss and Ms. Christine Bohn, in preparation of the project “Prevention, Control and Monitoring of Wildland Fire in the Cerrado Region, Brasil”; GFMC, Brazil.

7 June 2012
IAWF Webinar “ArcFuels: An ArcGIS Interface for Fuel Treatment Planning and Wildfire Risk Assessment” with GFMC participation (I. Mitsopoulos and B. Oyunsanaa); online.

11-14 June 2012
“Nature in Defence”: Conference on “Military Use and Nature Conservation”, hosted by the German Ministry for Defense, with participation of European Union and NATO member states, with GFMC contribution “Fire ecology and fire management on active and abandoned military training ranges” (J.G. Goldammer); Federal Academy for Defense Administration and Technologies, Mannheim, Germany.

Demonstration of the results of prescribed burning on Calluna vulgaris heathland on the former military exercise area in today’s
Mehlinger Heide Nature Reserve, with EU and NATO advisers in nature conservation, including the Federal German Forest Service:
Photo: Courtesy German Armed Forces (N. Burkhoff)

19 June 2012
Melbourne University Webinar “Co-constructing resilience to engage with fire and risk in landscape management” with GFMC participation (I. Mitsopoulos); online.

19 June 2012
IAWF Webinar ”Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS): Project Overview and Data Access” with GFMC participation (B.Oyunsanaa); online.

25-29 June 2012
5th annual Dragon 2 Programme Symposium with contribution of GFMC; Beijing, P.R. China.

29 June 2012
Coordination meeting of UN agencies and programmes on inter-agency cooperation addressing global wildland fire issues (J.G. Goldammer); UNISDR and UNECE Secretariats, Palais des Nations, United Nations, Geneva.

29 June – 3 July 2012
Joint meetings of the

    -Global Wildland Fire Network / UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG)
-International Liaison Committee (ILC) of the 6th International Wildland Fire Conference (South Korea, 2015)
-International Fire Aviation Working Group (IFAWG)

With participation of members of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire, at Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) (J.G. Goldammer, B. Oyunsanaa, I. Mitsopoulos, P. Sheldon, M. Kong, K. Goldammer, A. Farid); GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.

Group photo of WFAG 2012 – some attendees missing due to early departure.
(Photo: GFMC / K. Goldammer)

July 2012

9-10 July 2012

Meeting of the Advisory Group of the Fire Management Actions Alliance (J.G. Goldammer); FAO, Rome, Italy

13 July 2012
Start of Mongolia mission: (a) fire history field expedition, (b) on-site consultations to strengthen fire management capacity in Mongolia (with NEMA and Forestry Agency), and (c) preparation of establishment the UNISDR Central Asia Fire Monitoring Center (Oyunsanaa Byambasuren); Selenge Aimag and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Field work in North Central Mongolia Meeting with fire specialists of the National Emergency Management Agency and Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia

16 July 2012
Meeting of the Project Advisory Board of the field project “Erprobung und Entwicklung von Methoden zur Heidepflege durch kontrolliertes Feuer auf munitionsbelasteten Flächen im NSG ‘Heidehof-Golmberg’ (Landkreis Teltow-Flaeming)“ (2009-2012) (“Prescribed burning on former military terrain contaminated by unexploded ordnance [UXO]”, Teltow-Flaeming County, Germany) (J.G. Goldammer); Luckenwalde, Germany.

Burned plot in Heidehof-Golmberg Nature Reserve 4 months after prescribed fire application in March 2012 and post-fire clearance of UXO, showing rapid regeneration of Calluna vulgaris heath. Photo by RANA.

21 July 2012
Wedding of GFMC staff member, Dr. Ioannis Mitsopoulos, and Vicky; Aagios Dimitrios, Petroupoli Attikis, Athens, Greece. Congratulations by GFMC staff!

Ioannis and Vicky Mitsopoulos – just married!

29 July 2011
Publication of an interview on global fire management issues by DIE WELT AM SONNTAG. Interview Partner: J.G. Goldammer:

August 2012

10-12 August 2012
Heath Days 2012: Conservation and restoration measures in heathland ecosystems – Regeneration and Nutrient Export (Heidetage 2012: Pflegemaßnahmen in der Heide – Verjüngung und Nährstoffaustrag), with GFMC contribution “Prescribed burning as maintenance and restoration tool of Calluna vulgaris heathlands (J.G. Goldammer); Nationalparkhaus Vitte, Hiddensee Island, Germany

13 August 2012
Consultations with German Federal Foreign Office, Humanitarian Task Force (Auswärtiges Amt, Arbeitsstab Humanitäre Hilfe und Humanitäres Minenräumen) on UNOCHA Donor Support Group and continuing cooperation (J.G. Goldammer); German Foreign Office, Berlin, Germany.

16 August 2012
Consultations with Deutsche Gesellschaft für International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) concerning cooperaton within the project “Cambio Climático y Gestión de Áreas Naturales Protegidas, México” (A. von Bertrab T., K. Münch);GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.

17 August 2012
Consultations with Green Cross International (V. Sakharov) on a joint fire management programme; GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.

26-30 August 2012
4th International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC Davos 2012) “Integrative Risk Management in a Changing World – Pathways to a Resilient Society”; Davos, Switzerland.

September 2012

1-10 September 2012
“International Fire Management Week” in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russian Federation, organized by the GFMC and the Russian Federal Forest Service Rosleskhoz and the National Aerial Forest Fire Center Avialesookhrana in the frame of the “German-Russian Forest Fire Task Force” and the UNISDR Regional Eurasia Wildland Fire Network (UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire), with (a) classroom and field training on prescribed burning for wildfire hazard reduction and conservation for practitioners, trainers and decision makers, (b) Round Table on Fire Management, Krasnoyarsk Krai”, and (c) revisit of the Bor Forest Island Fire Experiment of 1993 (J.G. Goldammer, Oyunsanaa Byambasuren); Krasnoyarsk, Bor Forest Island, Russian Federation.

17 September 2012
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA) Workshop “International Response to Major Natural and Man-made Disasters: The Role of the OSCE”, with GFMC contribution “Enhancing National and Regional Capacities on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction” (J.G. Goldammer); Vienna, Hofburg, Austria.

22-28 September 2012
Fire management training course, national forest fire exercise and Second National Round Table on Fire Management, for developing a National Fire Management Policy for Azerbaijan, a contribution of Phase III of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” through GFMC and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), with participation of members of the UNECE/FAO team of Specialists on Forest Fire (J.G. Goldammer, N. Nikolov. E. Bilgili); Baku, Gabala, and field sites in Azerbaijan.

Impressions from the Azerbaijan Fire Management Week 2012: Training, Community Round Table and 2nd National Round Table on Fire Management

October 2012

1 October 2012
Mr. Kim Dong Hyun, Korea Forest Research Institute (KFRI), assuming temporary research position at the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), aimed at calibration of the Global Wildland Fire Early Warning System, on behalf of IUFRO and supported by the Canadian Forest Service and GFMC; Laxenburg, Austria.

3-12 October 2012
Joint research work and field visits on Black Carbon (BC) emissions from agricultural burning in Ukraine, an BC transport to the Arctic, in cooperation with the Institute of Forestry and Park Management, National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (S. Zibtsev and staff) and GFMC (P. Sheldon); Kiev, Ukraine.

Group photo of the participants of the Conference – Forest and Urban Ecosystems: Typology and Classification

Presentation of preliminary thesis results at a session chaired by Sergiy Zibtsev 

Meeting with Nikolai Chechotkin and Oleg Pinskyi at the Ministry of Emergency and Chornobyl Affairs

4 October 2012
GOFC-GOLD EXCOM and Fire IT telephone conference (J.G. Goldammer); AT&T / University of Maryland / GFMC.

8-10 October 2012
Workshop on 2030 Global Emissions Scenarios, organized under the auspices of the Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution and the Task Force on Integrated Assessment Modeling under the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) Convention, with remote participation of GFMC; Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); Laxenburg, Austria.

9-10 October 2012
6th APEC Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum addressing the development of crisis management centers in the APEC region and their integration into the global network. GFMC contribution with emphasis on fire emergencies management and the context of cooperation with Regional Wildland Fire Networks and Regional Fire Management Resource Centers; Vladivostok / Russkiy Island, Russian Federation.

10-11 October 2012
International Seminar on “Forest Fire Management – Experiences and Lessons Learned”. A seminar to exchange and share knowledge and experiences regarding open land and forest fires management in the countries of the South Eastern Europe and the evaluate the 2012 fire season; organized by the Emergency Management Department, Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia, with the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative (DPPI) and the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA); with GFMC contribution through the UNISDR Regional SE Europe / Caucasus Fire Monitoring Center (RFMC) and the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire, represented by Nikola Nikolov; Belgrade, Republic of Serbia.

15-16 October 2012
Conference Our Response to Wildfire Threat – Cooperation of a better Chios, organized under by the Maria Tsakos Foundation, sponsored by the Minister of Mercantile Marine and Island Policy of Greece, and in cooperation of the Regional Prefecture of Chios Island; Omireion Cultural Center and Maria Tsakos Foundation, City of Chios, Chios, Greece.

Impressions of the wildfire of August 2012: Fire-affected highland forests and the fire-endangered Nea Moni Monastery (UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site).
Captain Panagiotis Tsakos and Johann G. Goldammer addressing the conference

24-27 October 2012
International Fire Management Round Table, with GFMC contribution “The Krasnoyarsk 10-Point Programme on the Future of Fire Management in Russia: Recommendations by Participants of the „International Fire Management Week“ (Krasnoyarsk Krai, 2-8 September 2012)” (J.G. Goldammer), and exchange work at the All Russian Institute of Continuous Education in Forestry (ARICEF / VIPKLH) and the National Aerial Fire Management Center Avialesookhrana; Moscow / Pushkino, Russian Federation.

Presentation of the Results of the International Fire Management Week
Krasnoyarsk, September 2012

November 2012

2 November 2012
Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE) at OCHA-UNEP (J.G. Goldammer); Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

5-6 November 2012
Kickoff meeting of the EU project DARIUS (Deployable SAR Integrated Chain with Unmanned Systems) (I. Mitsopoulos, O. Byambasuren); Athens, Geece.

The GFMC team is introducing the Forest Fire Scenario

9 November 2012
First Regional Workshop on the Development of “Guidelines for the Defense of Rural Populations, Settlements and other Assets Against Wildfires and Smoke Pollution for the EECCA Region”, convened by GFMC, ECFF and RFMC, funded by the Council of Europe and supported by members of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire (Serbia, FYROM, Greece, Ukraine (J.G. Goldammer, I. Mitsopoulos, N. Nikolov); Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

Heavy brainstorming in Skopje

20-22 November 2012
Regional Pan-Asia / Pacific Consultation on Building Advanced National and Regional Capacities in Integrated Fire Management based on Participatory Involvement of Local Communities (J.G. Goldammer, O. Byambasuren); Lalitpur, Nepal.


Group photo of the participants


Statement by Honorable Minister, MFSC, Mr. Yadubansh Jha


Statement by Prof. Dr. Johann G. Goldammer, GFMC


Traditional welcoming ceremony by local CFUG, Banjhghari Community Forest


Field discussion


Group photo after the field visit

26-30 November 2012
Reseach stay / exchange visit of George Mitri, Director of Biodiversity Program, Institute of the Environment, University of Balamand, Tripoli, Lebanon, in the frame of the European Forestry Erasmus Mundus programme; GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.

29-30 November 2012
Annual course “Fire ecology of Tropical, Subtropical and Temperate-boreal Forest Ecosystems”, Faculty for Forest and Environmental Sciences, Freiburg University (Germany), given by GFMC staff (J.G. Goldammer, P. Sheldon, B. Oyunsanaa); GFMC / Freiburg University, Germany.

December 2012

3 December 2012
Second National Round Table for developing a National Fire Management Policy for Armenia, a contribution of Phase III of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” through GFMC and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), in cooperation with the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire (J.G. Goldammer); Yerevan, Armenia.

Round Table participants included representatives of all agencies and civil society stakeholders concerned.

4-5 December 2012
Annual meeting of the Directors of the European and Mediterranean Centres of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement Meeting (EUR-OPA) (Open Partial Agreement on the Prevention of, Protection Against, and Organisation of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters), Council of Europe (I. Mitsopoulos, representing the Global Fire Monitoring Center and the European Centre for Forest Fires – ECFF); Paris, France.

Ioannis Mitsopoulos representing GFMC and ECFF at the EUR-OPA meeting

6 December 2012
International Fire Aviation Working Group (IFAWG) Telephone Conference (GFMC, Australia, USA, Canada, South Africa, Russia, South Korea, Spain (J.G. Goldammer); U.S. Forest Service Telephone Conference System.

9-11 December 2012
Retreat and brainstorming meeting of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Biogeochemistry Department (J.G. Goldammer, O. Byambasuren, P. Sheldon); Schloss Ringberg, Germany.

Ringberg Castle – Hosting GFMC retreat in December 2012

14 December 2012
Work visit of Dr. Richard J. (Dick) Williams, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems and CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, and Dr. Bronwyn Myers, Charles Darwin University, Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods; GFMC.

From left to right: Pete Sheldon, Bronwyn Myers, Johann G. Goldammer, Oyunsanaa Byambasuren, Dick Williams

31 December 2012
GFMC greetings for 2013: Happy New Year to all colleagues, cooperators and especially the members of the Global Wildland Fire Network, with some visual highlights of the outreach work of GFMC in 2012.


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