GFMC CALENDAR 2014

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Preparation of GFMC activities in 2014

January 2014

10 January 2014
Annual course “Natural Hazards and Risk Management” within the Master Programme “Forest Ecology and Management”, Faculty for Forest and Environmental Sciences, Freiburg University (J.G. Goldammer, O. Byambasuren); Freiburg, Germany.

13-17 January 2014
9th International Conference on Dendrochronology, with GFMC contribution “Climaticsensitivity of trees in high biodiversity forests in Mongolia“ (O. Byambasuren);Melbourne, Australia.

Presentation at the World Dendro-2014, Melbourne, AustraliaOn site visit to the prescribed burning area in southern Victoria, Australia

27-28 January 2014
22nd OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum “Responding to Environmental Challenges with a View to Promoting Cooperation and Security in the OSCE Area”, with GMFC contribution to Panel III “Improving environmental security: How can we reduce natural disaster risks? Lessons learned”; donour negotiations for the Phase III of the OSCE-ENVSEC Project “Enhancing National Capacities on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus”; the proposed project “Improving cooperation on suppression of wildland fires in the Ukrainian and Belorussian parts of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone” and “Strengthening of Fire Management Capabilities in Mongolia and Selected Central Asian Countries (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan) through the Establishment of a Regional Central Asia Fire Management Resource Center” (J.G. Goldammer); OSCE Headquarters, Vienna.

February 2014

11-14 February 2014
Seminar and Training on the Use of Prescribed Fire in Conservation, for staff of the Federal German Forest Service, Region Eastern Germany (J.G. Goldammer, E. Beltrán); Federal Forest District Lausitz, Weisskeissel / Krauschwitz, Zschornoer Heide, Germany.

17 February 2014
Visit and briefing of the Youth Fire Brigade, Malterdingen, Emmendingen County; GFMC.

18 February 2014
Consultation on the preparation of the planned OSCE/ENVSEC project “Improving cooperation on suppression of wildland fires in the Ukrainian and Belarusian parts of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone” with Stephan Robinson, Green Cross Switzerland; GFMC.

20 February 2014
Consultation with the Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Klaus Töpfer, on global vegetation fire management; GFMC/IASS.

Work visit of Nikos Koutsias, Environmental Informatics, Remote Sensing and GIS, Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management, University of Patras, Greece; GFMC.

24 February 2014
Consultation of the OSCE/ENVSEC project “Enhancing National Capacity in Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” in preparation of the planned component “Development of an Operational South Caucasus Wildland Fire Danger Rating System” with the Expert Group “Environment & Disaster Risk Reduction”, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) (Urs Bloesch, Michael Sautter), with teleconference connected to OSCE Headquarters (Vienna) and Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario); GFMC.

25-28 February 2014
Seminar and Training on the Use of Prescribed Fire in Conservation, for staff of the Federal German Forest Service, Region Western Germany (J.G. Goldammer, O. Byambasuren); Federal Forest District Rhein-Weser, Drover Heide, Germany.

Instructions to the future prescribed burning teams, fire, cattle and the group.
Photos: Courtesy Federal Forest Service, Germany

March 2014

11-14 March 2014
Seminar and Training on the Use of Prescribed Fire in Conservation, for staff of the Federal German Forest Service, Region Southern Germany (J.G. Goldammer); Federal Forest District Hohenfels, Schmidmühlen, JMRC Training Range, Germany.

Impressions of the training of use of high-severity prescribed fire for controlling the spread of black thorn (Prunus spinosa).
Photos: Courtesy Federal Forest Service, Germany

16-26 March 2014
Preparatory mission for the establishment of the Regional Central Asia Fire Management Resource Center (RCAFMRC) (O. Byambasuren); Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Discussion on establishment of the RCAFMRC at the National University of Mongolia
from left to right: Prof. Nyambaa Shirnen (Dean, School of EAS, NUM), Dr. O. Byambasuren (GFMC), Prof. Altansukh Ochir (Head, Department of ESCE, NUM)

21-22 March 2014
National Seminar on Strengthening Fire Management in Mongolia-2014, organized by the National Coordination Committee on Forest and Steppe Fire Protection (NCCFSFP) (Secretariat: O. Byambasuren, GFMC / RCAFMRC); Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

NCCFSFP Seminar participants, including Deputy Minister of Ministry of Environment and Green Development, Mongolia

23-25 March 2014
Fifth National Round Table on Fire Management in preparation of the National Fire Management Policy for Georgia and the implementation plan, conducted in the frame of the ENVSEC / GFMC project “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” (J.G. Goldammer); Tbilisi, Georgia.

Participants of the 5th National Round Table, conducted as meeting of Working Group 1 “Restoration and Protection of Forests” of the National Forest Program (NFP)

27 March 2014
Consultation with FAO on international cooperation in fire management (J.G. Goldammer); FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy.

31 March – 1 April 2014
ENVSEC Regional Meeting for South Eastern Europe (J.G. Goldammer); Podgorica, Montenegro.

Roundtable discussion with regional cooperation initiatives, programmes and partners.
Photo: © REC

April 2014

3-4 April 2014
Fourth meeting of the “International Working Group on Cooperation in Wildfire Preparedness and Response” (IWG-CWPR) for the development of a proposal for international voluntary standards for harmonization, standardization and promotion of best-practice and for safe and efficient sharing of wildfire emergency response resources between countries for wildfire emergency analysis & assessment, wildfire emergency advisory support to nations in distress and wildfire emergency response (in following up the UNECE/FAO Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management, United Nations, Geneva, 28-29 November 2013); GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.

Marc Castellnou explaining the European Forest Risk Facility approach (upper photo). Lower photo (from left to right): O. Byambasuren (GFMC), Mark Jones (UK), J.G. Goldammer (GFMC), R. Stacey (UK), Steve Gibson (UK), M. Castellnou (Spain)

6-9 April 2014
Eastern European consultation on the follow-up of the UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management (UN Geneva, 28-29 November 2013) and first Eastern European Prescribed Fire Demonstration and Long-term Observation Experiment on the use of prescribed fire in wildfire hazard reduction in pine stands (J.G. Goldammer); Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC), National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULESU), Kyiv and Boyarka Forest Research Station, Ukraine.

Test of underburning a Pinus sylvestris stand in Boyarska Experimental Forest, Ukraine. Exercising different burning techniques and observation of fire behaviour
06 April 2014 Follow-up of the prescribed fire demonstration at the Ukrainian Center of Training and Advanced Education of Forestry Professionals Ukrcentrkadrylis, Boyarka city.
08 April 2014

Consultation meeting with the Chairman of the Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine. Group Photo (from left to right): Dr. Anatoly I. Karpuk (Director, Boyarska Forest Research Station), Dr. Sergiy Zibtsev (Head, REEFMC), Prof. Johann G. Goldammer (Director, GFMC), Mr. Valeriy V. Chernyakov (Chairman of the Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine), Mr. Andriyan Y. Gutnyk (Councellor of the Chairman), Prof. Petro I. Lakyda, Director, Institute of Forestry and Landscape-Park Management, NULESU). 08 April 2014

Consultation meeting with the Deputy Head, State Emergency Service of Ukraine, Mr. Anatolii Boyko (left, center). 08 April 2014

23-26 April 2014
Third Workshop of the Interdisciplinary Biomass Burning Initiative (IBBI) (J.G. Goldammer); Schloss Ringberg, Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences, Germany.

28-29 April 2014
International Conference “Reducing Forest and Agricultural Fires as a Driver of Climate Change by Systematic Use of Biomass as a Source of Renewable Energy and for Reducing Wildfires and Unnecessary Agricultural Burning”, with GFMC contribution “International and Regional Policy Initiatives to Address the Consequences of Wildfires, Excessive and Wasteful Burning of Agricultural Residues on Environment and Human Health, including Cross-Boundary Transport of Atmospheric Pollutants (J.G. Goldammer); Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

May 2014

7-9 May 2014
First Preparatory Workshop “Wildfire” in the frame of the “FRISK-GO” project aimed at defining and establishing a future European Forest Risk Facility (J.G. Goldammer); Barcelona, Spain

16 May 2014
Consultations of the field project “Erprobung und Entwicklung von Methoden zur Heidepflege durch kontrolliertes Feuer auf munitionsbelasteten Flächen im NSG ‘Heidehof-Golmberg’ (Landkreis Teltow-Flaeming)“ (2009-2014) (“Prescribed burning on former military terrain contaminated by unexploded ordnance [UXO]”, Teltow-Flaeming County, Germany) (J.G. Goldammer); Luckenwalde, Germany.

23-30 May 2014
Third National Dendroecological Fieldweek (O. Byambasuren); Forest Research and Training Center, National University of Mongolia, Tuv province, Mongolia.

Participants of the Dendroecological Fieldweek-2014

29 May – 2 June 2014
Preparatory mission of field study “Fire Management in UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites and other Protected Areas” supported by the Council of Europe, Secretariat of the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA): Employing very high resolution EO images and fine fuel sampling methods”, aimed at characterizing fuel properties in Mount Athos UNESCO World Heritage Site (I. Mitsopoulos, E. Beltrán); Autonomous Monastic State of the Holy Mountain, Greece.

Fire hazard and fuel assessment in Autonomous Monastic State of the Holy Mountain, Greece.

June 2014

6 June 2014
Work visit and exchange with of Lestech, s.r.o., Zásmuky, Česká Republika; GFMC.

http://gfmc.online/emergency/material5.htm

01-08 June 2014
Fire history and climate research field expedition (O. Byambasuren). Uvurkhangai, Arkhangai province, Mongolia.

http://gfmc.online/GlobalNetworks/CentralAsia/CentralAsia.html

Field expedition team, Khorgo Lava, Arkhangai province, Mongolia

09-10 June 2014
Consultation on Transboundary fire management in preparation of Mongolian-Russian Government Agreement on Transboundary fire management cooperation (O. Byambasuren). National Committee on Forest and Steppe Fire Protection and Ministry of Environment and Green Development, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Consultation with the Minister S. Oyun, Ministry of Environment and Green Development of Mongolia

18 June 2014
36th session of the FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management, with the final report of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire (J.G. Goldammer); United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

18 June 2014
Meeting with Green Cross International (GCI) in following up the UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management (UN Geneva, November 2013) (J.G. Goldammer); Geneva, Switzerland.

Meeting with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, UNISDR Secretariat, in followoing up the UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management (UN Geneva, November 2013) (J.G. Goldammer); Geneva, Switzerland.

10-22 June 2014
Container loading of the library, field and laboratory equipment (GFMC donation) for the Fire Management Resource Center-Central Asia Region (FMRC-CAR), Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Container to be delivered to Mongolia

27 June 2014
International Workshop “Fire Management in Protected Areas and Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites”. Meeting of members, partners and observers of the Council of Europe / EUR-OPA Project “Fire Management in UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites and other Protected Areas”, in preparation of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014; GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.

2014 Meeting of the International Fire Aviation Working Group (IFAWG) in finalization of the International Fire Aviation Guidelines and the International Manual of Common Rules for Fire Aviation; GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.

28-29 June 2014
Joint Meetings of the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG), International Liaison Committee (ILC) and South Korea Conference Organizing Committee (SKCOC) for the 6th International Wildland Fire Conference, and the International Fire Aviation Working Group (IFAWG), In cooperation with and supported by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Forestry and Timber Section, Euro-Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA), Council of Europe, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), United Nations University (UNU), International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), U.S. Forest Service, Korea Forest Service (KFS) and Korea Forest Research Institute (KFRI); GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.

WFAG meeting and ILC meeting participants (28/29 June 2014) (for names of attendees of ILC meeting: click on the right picture)

30 June 2014
Business meeting of the coordinators of the Regional Wildland Fire Networks of the Global Wildland Fire Network; Freiburg, Germany.

July 2014

2-3 July 2014
Preparatory mission for the 22nd OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum “Responding to Environmental Challenges with a View to Promoting Cooperation and Security in the OSCE Area” (J.G. Goldammer); OSCE Headquarters, Vienna.

8 July 2014
Sixth National Round Table on Fire Management in preparation of the National Fire Management Policy for Georgia and the implementation plan, conducted in the frame of the ENVSEC / GFMC project “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” in Cooperation with the Ministry for Environment and Natural Resources Protection and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (J.G. Goldammer); Tbilisi, Georgia.

From left to right: (1) The Round Table was addressed by Ms. Khatuna Gogadlaze, Minister of Environment (right) and the Mr. Bidzina Giorgobiani, Head of the National Forestry Agency; (2) Johann G. Goldammer, Director, GFMC; and (3) Ms. Catherine Nakashidze, OSCE.

7 and 9-11 July 2014
GFMC-GIZ Georgia Mission Integrated Fire Management I in the frame of the GIZ Programme “Sustainable Management of Biodiversity, South Caucasus” and in cooperation with the ENVSEC / GFMC project “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” (J.G. Goldammer); Dedoplistskaro municipality and Tbilisi, Georgia.

From left to right: (1) Burning of agricultural residues starts after terminating wheat harvest in July; (2) Windbreak belts largely destroyed by fuelwood cutting in the 1990s are further degraded by fires spreading from agricultural burnings; (3) close look at the fire and cutting effects in the windbreak belts; and (4) protection of rehabilitated windbreaks by a ploughed firebreak. Degraded pasture ranges in Dedoplistskaro Municipality, Georgia. The empty signpost symbolizing the deterioration of an old natural and cultural landscape by overgrazing, wind erosion, increasing droughts and fires. GIZ/GFMC consulting with the local shepherd.

12 July 2014
Forest fire exercise Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald County (E. Beltrán, O. Byambasuren, J.G. Goldammer, A. Held, F. Mayer); Hinterzarten / Rinken / Zastler, Baden-Wuerttemberg State, Germany.

   Forest fire exercise scenario: Multiple lightning fires in the Black Forest with a rescue operation of a group of young people threatened to be trapped by the fire. GFMC team (lower middle) and discussion of wildland fire technologies with County Commissioner Ms. Störr-Ritter (lower right)

27-31 July 2014
GFMC-GIZ Georgia Mission Integrated Fire Management II in the frame of the GIZ Programme “Sustainable Management of Biodiversity, South Caucasus” and in cooperation with the ENVSEC / GFMC project “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” (J.G. Goldammer); Dedoplistskaro municipality and Tbilisi, Georgia.

 Main theme of activity: Training of safe agricultural burning practices (29 July 2014, Dedoplistskaro municipality) Training of safe agricultural burning practices with local farmers (30 July 2014, Dedoplistskaro municipality)

29-31 July 2014
Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics, Fire Mapping and Monitoring Implementation Team Meeting, with GFMC presentation “International Cooperation and Coordination in Wildland Fire Management” (J.G. Goldammer, presented by Bill de Groot); NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP), College Park, Maryland, U.S.A.

August 2014
All August 2014 preparation of:

  • First Round Table on Fire Management at State level in Germany – Brandenburg State (“Symposium Integriertes Feuer-Management in Brandenburg: Entwicklung von Konzepten für den Umgang mit Feuer und Vorbeugung von Feuerkatastrophen in den Natur- und Kulturlandschaften in Brandenburg. Eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung der Arbeitsgruppe Feuerökologie / Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) und des Landkreis Teltow-Fläming. Landkreis Teltow-Fläming”), Luckenwalde, Germany, 2 September 2014
  • Concluding meeting of the 22nd OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum “Responding to Environmental Challenges with a View to Promoting Cooperation and Security in the OSCE Area”, with GMFC contributions to Session IV “A co-operative response to environmental challenges: OSCE experience and lessons learnt for the future” (with GFMC presentation “OSCE experiences in enhancing national capacities in fire management and wildfire disaster risk reduction”); and to the panel debate Session VII “The Role of the OSCE in responding to environmental challenges”; Prague, Czech Republic, 10-12 September 2014.
  • ASEAN-Republic of Korea Forest Cooperation (AFoCo) Training Course “Training of Trainers on Forest Fire Management”; 16-23 September 2014, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  • Regional Fire Management Training for the South Caucasus, Western Balkans and Eastern Europe / Central Asia in the frame of the OSCE/ENVSEC project “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus”; 21 to 24 September 2014, Fire Management Training Center, Antalya, Turkey.
  • Annual meeting of the German-Russian Working Group “Sustainable Forest Management; 28 September – 01 October 2014, Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation.

4-9 August 2014
Prescribed burning operation on Calluna vulgaris heathlands on Sylt Island, in cooperation with Sylt Nature Conservancy (Naturschutzgemeinschaft Sylt) and County Conservation Administration (Untere Naturschutzbehörde Kreis Nordfriesland) (J.G. Goldammer); Sylt Island, Germany.

Prescribed fire set in Braderup Heath Conservation Area, 6 August 2014, for the Regeneration of overaged heathland.

24-28 August 2014

  • 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC (J.G. Goldammer); Davos, Switzerland.
  • Session “UNISDR DRR Platforms and Networks” (Monday, 25 August 2014, 18:45-20:00, room Flüela)
  • Presentation of the GFMC Publication “Vegetation Fires and Global Change: Challenges for Concerted International Action: A White Paper directed to the United Nations and International Organizations” (Session TUE7.4: Book Presentations on Integrative Risk Management, Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 17:00-18:00, room “Sertig”).
  • Session “People-Centred Early Warning Systems” (J.G. Goldammer, co-chair) (Thursday, 28 August 2014, 13:30-15:00, room Flüela)
  • http://idrc.info
  • Conference programme: https://www.conftool.pro/idrc2014/sessions.php
  • GFMC Conference web page: http://gfmc.online/course/meeting/2014/meet2014_13.html
  • Red Chair Statement by GFMC (mp4, 21 MB)

September 2014

1 September 2014
Final meeting of the field project “Erprobung und Entwicklung von Methoden zur Heidepflege durch kontrolliertes Feuer auf munitionsbelasteten Flächen im NSG ‘Heidehof-Golmberg’ (Landkreis Teltow-Flaeming)“ (2009-2014) (“Prescribed burning on former military terrain contaminated by unexploded ordnance [UXO]”, Teltow-Flaeming County, Germany) (J.G. Goldammer); Luckenwalde, Germany.

2 September 2014
First Round Table on Integrated Fire Management at State level in Germany – Brandenburg State (“Symposium Integriertes Feuer-Management in Brandenburg: Entwicklung von Konzepten für den Umgang mit Feuer und Vorbeugung von Feuerkatastrophen in den Natur- und Kulturlandschaften in Brandenburg. Eine gemeinsame Veranstaltung der Arbeitsgruppe Feuerökologie / Global Fire Monitoring Center [GFMC] und des Landkreis Teltow-Fläming. Landkreis Teltow-Fläming”) (J.G. Goldammer); Luckenwalde, Germany.

 From left to right: Opening of the Round Table by the Commissioner of Teltow-Flaeming County, Ms. Kornelia Wehlan, with GFMC Director J.G. Goldammer and the head of the Nature Conservation Department of the county, Dr. Manfred Fechner (also central picture, delivering his the introductory speech); and field demonstration of the fire extinguishing tank SPOT-55 of project partner DiBuKa in action.
Photos: Heike Lehmann, Teltow-Flaeming County.

8 September 2014
Regional Consultation Meeting: Initiative “Environment and Security”: Perspectives of Environmental Cooperation in Eastern Europe, with participation oft he Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC), with inputs on fire management needs in contaminated forests; Minsk, Belarus.

9 September 2014
Broadcast of the TV interview and GFMC retrospective “Johann Goldammer kämpft gegen Waldbrände” (produced by SWR “Planet Wissen”; 58:57 min)

9-12 September 2014
Concluding meeting of the 22nd OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum “Responding to Environmental Challenges with a View to Promoting Cooperation and Security in the OSCE Area”, with GMFC contributions to Session IV “A co-operative response to environmental challenges: OSCE experience and lessons learnt for the future” (with GFMC presentation “OSCE experiences in enhancing national capacities in fire management and wildfire disaster risk reduction”); and to the panel debate Session VII “The Role of the OSCE in responding to environmental challenges” (J.G. Goldammer);Prague, Czech Republic.

Opening of the Forum by with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Swiss Foreign Minister and President of the Confederation Mr. Didier Burkhalter (upper left); Minister for Foreign Affairs of Czech Republic, Mr. Lubomir Zaorálek and the UN Secretary General Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Ms. Margareta Wahlström (upper right). Session IV – A Co-operative Response to Environmental Challenges: OSCE Experience and Lessons Learnt for the Future (upper) Session VII – Panel Debate – The Role of the OSCE in Responding to Environmental Challenges (lower). Photos: OSCE/Lubomir Kotek

11-14 September 2014
Implementation of field study “Fire Management in UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites and other Protected Areas” supported by the Council of Europe, Secretariat of the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA): Employing very high resolution EO images and fine fuel sampling methods”, aimed at characterizing fuel properties in Mount Athos UNESCO World Heritage Site; and transboundary fire management on protected areas bordering Greece, Albania and FYR Macedonia (I. Mitsopoulos, E. Beltrán); Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and Ohrid, FYR Macedonia.

The field study group (from left to right): Esteban Beltrán (GFMC), Genci Hoxhaj (Ministry of Environment, Forest and Water Administration, Albania), Nikola Nikolov (Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center, Skopje, FYR Macedonia), Ioannis Mitsopoulos (GFMC / Hellenic Agricultural Organization “Demeter”, Greece) and Giorgos Mallinis (Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece)

16-23 September 2014
ASEAN-Republic of Korea Forest Cooperation (AFoCo) International Thematic Workshop on Forest Disaster Management in Southeast Asia: “Challenges and Way Forward in Forest Fire Management” and Training Course “Training of Trainers on Forest Fire Management” organized by Korea Forest Service (KFS), Korea Forest Research Institute (KFRI) and GFMC, in the frame of activities of the UNISDR Pan-Asia Wildland Fire Network (J.G. Goldammer); Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Group of Trainees from ASEAN member states and instructors from the UNISDR Regional Wildland Fire Networks SE Asia, South Asia, NE Asia and Central Asia, and GFMC

October 2014
15-17 October 2014
Regional Fire Management Training for the South Caucasus, Western Balkans and Eastern Europe / Central Asia in the frame of the OSCE/ENVSEC project “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” (J.G. Goldammer); Fire Management Training Center, Antalya, Turkey.

Forest fire exercise with heliborne hotshot crew, demonstration of hand tools and group photos of the firefighter trainers and resource persons from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America & GFMC / OSCE staff.
Photos: Kadir A. Coskuner.

20-21 October 2014
7th International Forum “Forest and Man”, with contribution by GFMC “Investments in Forest Fire Protection for Safeguarding Sustainable Forest Management” (J.G. Goldammer); Expocentre, Moscow, Krasnopresnenskaya Naberezhnaya, Russian Federation.

The GFMC reported about the collaborative work between the Federal Forest Agency of (FFA) Russia and GFMC in Integrated Fire Management (experiences in Krasnoyarsk Region). The session was moderated by the head of FFA, Mr. Ivan Valentik. Photo: Courtesy Avialesookhrana.

22 October 2014
Annual meeting of the German-Russian Working Group “Sustainable Forest Management (J.G. Goldammer); Moscow, Russian Federation.

 

Working Group delegations of Russia (left) and Germany (middle). Dr. Andrey Kalinin, Director of Avialesookhrana, reporting about the International Fire Management Weeks 2012 and 2013 (right). Photos: Rosleskhoz

23 October 2014
Fire management training course at Avialesookhrana (J.G. Goldammer); Pushkino, Moscow Region, Russian Federation.
November 2014
2-6 November 2014
GFMC-GIZ Georgia Mission Integrated Fire Management III in the frame of the GIZ Programme “Sustainable Management of Biodiversity, South Caucasus” and in cooperation with the ENVSEC / GFMC project “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” (J.G. Goldammer); Dedoplistskaro municipality and Tbilisi, Georgia.

Phase III of Fire Management Planning and Capacity Building in Dedoplistskaro municipality included two final rounds of consultations with municipal administrations and representatives of farmers and shepherds (upper left), use of weather information for decision support (upper right), handing over hand tools to the Vashlovani Protected Area Administration (middle left) and the Dedoplistskaro Municipal Fire Service (middle right). And some fun exercising the high-pressure fire suppression system. Photos: GIZ / Olga Weigel and GMFC

13-14 November 2014
Annual course “Fire ecology of Tropical, Subtropical and Temperate-boreal Forest Ecosystems”, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, Institute of Forest Science, Freiburg University, Freiburg University (Germany), given by GFMC staff (J.G. Goldammer, E. Beltrán); GFMC / Freiburg University, Germany.

22 November 2014
72nd session of the UNECE Committee on Forest and the Forest Industry, with final presentation of the UNECE /FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire and the progress report on the implementation of the project “UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management” (November, 2013) and presentation of the „International Wildfire Preparedness Mechanism“ (IWPM) (J.G. Goldammer); Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation.

http://gfmc.online/iwpm/index-7.html

25-26 November 2014
Environment and Security (ENVSEC) Initiative Partners Meeting, with OSCE/ENVSEC/GFMC project report “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” (J.G. Goldammer); Belgrade, Serbia.

Presentation “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus”. Moderator:Jan Dusik, Director and Regional Representative, Regional Office for Europe, UNEP. Presenters: Esra Buttanri, Senior Environmental Affairs Adviser, OSCE and ENVSEC Regional Desk Officer for Southern Caucasus, and Johann Georg Goldammer, Director, Global Fire Monitoring Center.
Photo: © Regional Environment Center (REC)

December 2014

1-2 December 2014
Swedish Research Council Formas Review Panel Meeting addressing the call “The Forest fire in the Swedish province of Västmanland” (J.G. Goldammer, remote contribution); Stockholm, Sweden.

1-12 December 2014

20th session of the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol; Lima, Peru. GFMC contribution – a warning to the governments signatory states of the UNFCCC:

3-4 December 2014
2014 OSCE Ministerial Council; Basel, Switzerland. GFMC involvement in the preparatory process and the resulting Council Decision:

11-12 December 2014
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 Organization of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters), Council of Europe (J.G. Goldammer); Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France.

31 December 2014
GFMC greetings for 2015: Happy New Year to all colleagues, cooperators and especially the members of the Global Wildland Fire Network, with some visual highlights of the outreach and policy work of GFMC in 2014 (PDF 1.0MB).


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