5 January 2015 Meeting with Freiburg Fire Service in preparation of urban-forest fire management training (J.G. Goldammer); Waltershofen / Freiburg, Germany.
Planning the first steps: Use of prescribed fire in maintaining open habitats
on slopes between viticulture terraces of Waltershofen community
9 January 2015
Annual course Natural Hazards and Risk Management within the Master Programme “Forest Ecology and Management”, Faculty for Environment and Natural Resources, Freiburg University (J.G. Goldammer); Freiburg, Germany.
1 February 2015
Launch of the project Support of Transboundary Cooperation between Uruguay, Brazil and other Neighbouring Countries of South America; GFMC, Montevideo/Uruguay, Brasilia/Brazil.
15-17 February 2015
Consultations with the Regional SE European Wildland Fire Network (I. Mitsopoulos, G. Xanthopoulos, A. Dimitrakopoulos) and GFMC (J.G. Goldammer); Thessaloniki / Athens, Greece.
16 February 2015
Third User Advisory Board (UAB) meeting of DARIUS (Deployable SAR Integrated Chain with Unmanned Systems) project (Objective: To investigate the potential and enable the use of unmanned systems in Search and Rescue operations by increasing interoperability through standardization and homogenization) (J.G. Goldammer); Athens, Greece.
25 February 2015
Scientific Advisory Board Meeting, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (J.G. Goldammer); Mainz, Germany.
6-7 March 2015
Training of Freiburg Fire Service and associated Voluntary Departments 11 (Waltershofen) and 16 (Kappel) in urban-wildland fire management (J.G. Goldammer., E. Beltrán, L. Pronto); Waltershofen / Freiburg, Germany.
Training Part I: By demonstrating the use of prescribed fire in maintaining open habitats on slopes between viticulture terraces of Waltershofen community the Fire Departments 11 and 16 are trained in basics of fire behaviour and use of hand tools on steep slopes
17-18 March 2015
National Conference on Fire in Forest Management and Nature Conservation, and burning of heathland demonstration, organized by the Directorate General of the State Forests of Poland and the State Fire Service of Poland and the Regional Directorate of State Forests in Zielona Gora, with GFMC contribution Intentional Burning in Nature Conservation, Biodiversity, Landscape Management and Forestry in Europe and Globally: Historical Aspects, Current Application and Future Challenges (J.G. Goldammer); Osrodek Wapoczynkowy LESNIK, Lagow; and Forest District Przemków, Poland.
Visual impressions of the prescribed burning field experiment, Forest District Przemków, Poland, 18 March 2015 Photos: Miroslaw Kwiatkowski, Instytut Badawczy Leśnictwa (Forest Research Institute), Raszyn, Poland
25-27 March 2015
VI Ukraine Fire Management Week with Second Eastern European Prescribed Fire Demonstration and Long-term Observation Experiment on the use of prescribed fire in wildfire hazard reduction in pine stands and Seminar “Fire Management and Research in Forests, Protected Areas and Natural Heritage Sites” (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.
Prescribed burning for fuel reduction and enhancement of natural regeneration in a Pinus sylvestris stand in Boyarka Forest Research Station (25 May 2014) and exercise of setting a backfire (counterfiring / suppression firing) to control a simulated wildfire on open terrain in Boyarka Forest Research Station (26 May 2014); Seminar “Fire Management and Research in Forests, Protected Areas and Natural Heritage Sites”
7-13 April 2015
International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) evaluation mission of ITTO-supported field project Community-based Fire Management in Ghana (J.G. Goldammer); Kumasi, Ghana.
Traditional slash-and-burn agriculture is essential for the livelihood of rural communities in Ghana. Safe burning practices and the establishment of green (non-flammable) fire breaks covered by Acacia spp. halt reduce the risk of land-use fires or wildfires spread into protected forests. Volunteer fire groups, such as in Community Asunsu No.1 (Dormaa Ahenkrom), have significantly contributed to the reduction of wildfires in the country. Photos: GFMC
18 April 2015
Commemorative meeting of the 40th Anniversary of the large forest fires in Lower Saxony State, Germany, in 1975, organized by the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), Luechow-Dannenberg Branch, with GFMC contribution Forest Fires in Germany: Retrospective to the 1970s, the Current Situation and the Future (J.G. Goldammer); Luechow-Dannenberg, Germany.
Opening of the exhibition by Luechow-Dannenberg County Commissioner J. Schulz, County Fire Chief C. Bauck, GFMC Director J.G. Goldammer and Dr. Michael Herrmann, Head of Luechow-Dannenberg Branch of the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW). The newly opened commemorative exhibition of the 1975 wildfires displays historic photographic materials and other documentation.
28-30 April 2015
Aerial Fire Fighting Interoperability Workshop (GFMC, convener) and Aerial Fire Fighting Conference 2015, with GFMC Contribution Towards a Coordinated Approach in International Aerial Firefighting Missions: Results of the Interoperability Workshop (J.G. Goldammer), and presentation of the Walt Darren Award 2015; Zadar, Croatia
5 May 2015
Mongolia: National Round Table Strengthening Inter-Agency Cooperation in Fire Management and preparation of setting up the Fire Management Resource Center-Central Asia Region (FMRC-CAR) (J.G. Goldammer, O. Byambasuren); Ulaanbatar, Mongolia.
The Round Table was chaired by Mr. М. Khurelsukh, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism, and attended by the members of the National Coordination Committee on Forest and Steppe Fire Protection (NCCFSFP) and GFMC. The Director of FMRC-CAR, Oyunsanaa Byambasuren, and GFMC, Johann G. Goldammer, were awarded by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) the State Medal for Disaster Reduction. Photos: FMRC-CAR
6-8 May 2015
Mongolia: Field assessment of spring fires in Eastern Mongolia, including transboundary fire between Mongolia and the Russian Federation (J.G. Goldammer, O. Byambasuren); Eastern Mongolia.
The total area burned in Eastern Mongolia in April 2015 exceeded 4 million hectares, predominantly steppe ecosystems and forest ecosystems in the NE of the country. Photos: FMRC-CAR
13 May 2015
4th Fire Season Public Consultation of Rafina-Pikermi Municipality, Greece, with the presentation of the Guidelines for Rural Populations, Local Communities and Municipality Leaders in the Balkan Region Defence of Villages, Farms and Other Rural Assets against Wildfires (I. Mitsopoulos); Rafina-Pikermi Municipality, Greece.
15-17 May 2015
First undergraduate training course on Fire Ecology and Management for students of the National University of Mongolia and exercise of under canopy burning in a Siberian Larch (Larix sibirica) forest stand in (Oyunsanaa Byambasuren); Udleg Forestry Research and Training Station, National University of Mongolia.
26 May 2015
National seminar on “Role of Standardization in Disaster and Fire Prevention”, organized by the Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology, with the proposal for adopting the EuroFire Competency Standards for capacity building in fire management in Mongolia (Oyunsanaa Byambasuren); Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
5 June 2015
Second commemorative meeting of the 40th Anniversary of the large forest fires in Lower Saxony State, Germany, in 1975, organized by the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW), Lüchow-Dannenberg Branch, and Museum of Fire Service History, Lüchow-Dannenberg (Historisches Feuerwehrmuseum Lüchow-Dannenberg e.V.). Panel discussion with authorities of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen) State, German Federal Agency for Technical Relief, German Armed Forces and GFMC (J.G. Goldammer); Lüchow-Dannenberg, Germany.
Visual impressions of wildfires affecting Lower Saxony State in 1975 and public debate
Panelists in front of a fire truck, which was involved in the control of the wildfires in 1975 (left to right): K. Wickboldt (State Fire Service), D. Ruschenbusch (State Fire Service), U. Barge (State Forest Service), C. Bauck (County Fire Service), F. Boldt (Germany Army), R. Dunger (German Federal Agency for Technical Relief), J.G. Goldammer (GFMC), T. Hensel (State Aerial Fire Service), M. Herrmann (German Federal Agency for Technical Relief) (Photo: J. Fritsch)
7 June 2015
Meeting with 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); Tbilisi, Georgia.
Meeting with the Ministry for Environment, Forestry Agency, on the National Fire Management Policy for Georgia and the implementation plan, an activity 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.
8-9 June 2015
Regional Meeting of the ENVSEC Initiative in the South Caucasus (J.G. Goldammer); Tbilisi, Georgia.
22 June 2015
GFMC lecture and discussion on the theme International approaches in Integrated Fire Management: Are practices or lessons identified of relevance for Brazil at Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade (ICMBio) (J.G. Goldammer, E. Beltrán); ICMBio, Brasilia, Brazil.
Consultation meeting with IBAMA President Marilene Ramos, Diretor de Proteção Ambiental and IBAMA Deputy President, Mr. Luciano Evaristo and representatives of the Centro Nacional de Prevenção e Combate aos Incêndios Florestais (PREVFOGO), Mr. Rodrigo Falleiro and Ms. Lara Steil. Topics: Past and future cooperation with GFMC and international organizations in fire management (J.G. Goldammer, E. Beltrán); IBAMA, Brasilia, Brazil.
Fire management policy discussion between IBAMA President Marilene Ramos and GFMC Photo: IBAMA/Prevfogo
Meeting with IBAMA / Prevfogo staff at headquarters, Brasilia. Photo: IBAMA/Prevfogo
23 June 2015
Consultation meeting with Mr. Carlos Klink, Secretary for Climate Change, Ministry for Environment, Government of Brazil. Topics: Past and future cooperation with GFMC and international organizations in fire management (J.G. Goldammer, E. Beltrán); Ministry for Environment, Brasilia, Brazil.
GFMC Lecture at Ministry for Environment of Brazil Vegetation Fires and Fire Management: A Global Survey with subsequent panel discussions of representatives of GIZ (Ingrid Prem), ICMBio (Christian Berlinck), GFMC (J.G. Goldammer) and IBAMA / Prevfogo (Rodrigo Falleiro) and Luciana Machado (Ministry for Environment of Brazil ) (J.G. Goldammer, E. Beltrán); Ministry for Environment of Brazil, Brasilia, Brazil.
Fire management policy panel discussion at Ministry for Environment of Brazil. Photo: Carola Kuklinski
25 June 2015
Kick-off of the project Support of National and Regional Competency in Integrated Fire Management to Secure Sustainable Forest Management in Uruguay and through Cross-border Cooperation with Brazil and other Neighbouring Countries of South America (J.G. Goldammer, E. Beltrán, L. Steil);Dirección General Forestal, Ministério de Ganadería Agricultura y Pesca, and the Dirección Nacional de Bomberos, Montevideo, Uruguay.
26-28 June 2015
Landscape fire management field assessment in Uruguay in the frame of the of the project Support of National and Regional Competency in Integrated Fire Management to Secure Sustainable Forest Management in Uruguay and through Cross-border Cooperation with Brazil and other Neighbouring Countries of South America (J.G. Goldammer, E. Beltrán, L. Steil);Uruguay.
Uruguay landscape fire impressions (top-down): Fire suppression tools presented by forest industry enterprise Forestal Atlantico Sur; Protected Area Area Protegida Quebrada de los Cuervos (Treinta y Tres); pasture burning (quema de campo) at Posada de Campo El Capricho (Treinta y Tres); wildfire effects at the interface between agricultural lands and natural forests (Treinta y Tres)
29 June – 5 July 2015
Presentation and cooperative planning of participation of Chile in the project Support of National and Regional Competency in Integrated Fire Management to Secure Sustainable Forest Management in Uruguay and through Cross-border Cooperation with Brazil and other Neighbouring Countries of South America (E. Beltrán); Santiago de Chile, Chile.
16 July – 10 October 2015
Start of secondment of Lara Steil, Environmental Analyst, Deputy Chief of the National Center of Fire Prevention and Control (PREVFOGO) and Coordinator of the Fire Management Interagency Task Force, Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis IBAMA), Brazilian Ministry of the Environment; GFMC.
23 July 2015
Sixth Heilbronn Summer Academy Fire and Air Elements of Nature Feuer und Luft Elemente der Natur), with GFMC contribution Disaster or Opportunity? The fire landscapes of Earth (J.G. Goldammer); College of Further Education / Volkshochschule, Heilbronn, Germany.
10-16 August 2015
Preparation of prescribed burning experiments and operations 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.
Braderup Heath prescribed burned in 2014 one year later: Tablet positioned at the prescribed burn site for public information (left), strong Calluna vulgaris heath recovery one year after the burn (middle), and appearance of fireweed (Epilobium angustifolium) and other successional plants. Photos: GFMC / Sylt Nature Conservancy.
26 August 2015 Consultations and seminar at the Dienstleistungen im Brand- und Katastrophenschutzfall (DiBuKa) (Services for Fire and Disaster Management, Seehausen, Germany) with attendance of the Minister for Development and Traffic of Saxony-Anhalt State, Germany, Mr. Thomas Webel, with GFMC contribution Herausforderung Feuermanagement Sind wir für die Zukunft richtig aufgestellt? (Fire Management Challenges: Are we well Prepared?) (J.G. Goldammer); DiBuKa, Seehausen, Germany.
International Conference Current Status of Fire Research and Fire Management in the Black Sea and Eastern European Region, with GFMC contributions Challenges for global and regional fire management and needs for cooperation and New approaches and requirements for fire management in the South Eastern Europe, Black Sea and Caucasus Region (J.G. Goldammer), Odessa, Ukraine.
Regional Fire Management Training for Mongolia and Central Asia (J.G. Goldammer, O. Byambasuren); Fire Management Resource Center-Central Asia Region and Forestry Research and Training Center of the National University of Mongolia, Batsumber, Tuv Province, Mongolia.
Field training: Construction of a fireline, starting a prescribed fire at an anchor point and classroom training in the cold … Photos: FMRC-CAR
1-2 October 2015
First Inter-agency Round Table on Integrated Fire Management in Lower Saxony State (Runder Tisch Vegetationsbrand) (J.G. Goldammer) at the Federal German Agency for Technical Relief (THW); Lüchow-Dannenberg, Germany
The Round Table identified the fire management capabilities as well as the current and future wildfire threats in Lower Saxony, the explored fire management solutions for meeting future developments of wildfire preparedness and capacity building with regards to climate change and socio-economic changes. Photo:DiBuKa
12-16 October 2015
6th International Wildland Fire Conference (J.G. Goldammer, E. Beltran, L. Pronto); Pyeonchang, Republic of Korea
Pyeongchang Declaration, Conference Statement, and Regional Statements (including regional session agendas, abstracts and posters of the Regional Wildland Fire Networks): http://gfmc.online/korea-2015.html
GFMC keynote address on 15 October 2015 (upper) Demonstration of aerial firefighting capabilities of the Korea Forest Service (middle) Awardees of the conference: Best speakers (lower) Photos: Korea Forest Service (KFS)
19-23 October 2015 Visiting scientist Jameson Karns, University of California, Berkeley; GFMC.
22-23 October 2015 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, L. Pronto); GFMC / Freiburg University, Germany.
29-30 October 2015
Workshop Fire Danger Rating System for the South Caucasus 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); National Environmental Agency, Tbilisi, Georgia
Workshop instructors and facilitators (from left to right) Bill de Groot (Canadian Forest Service), Catherine Nakashidze (ENVSEC Initiative / OSCE) and Mike Wotton (Canadian Forest Service) Right: Example of a first product of the Fire Danger Rating System for the South Caucasus: Drought Code of 20 September 2009 Images: Courtesy OSCE
16-21 November 2015
Fifty-first Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees, with GFMC presentation of the Synthesis of the Assessment of the ITTO Completed Projects and the Use of the ITTO Guidelines on Fire Management as a Thematic Group on Forest Fires (J.G. Goldammer); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Field mission of the project Support of National and Regional Competency in Integrated Fire Management to Secure Sustainable Forest Management in Uruguay and through Cross-border Cooperation with Brazil and other Neighbouring Countries of South America (E. Beltrán); Dirección General Forestal, Ministério de Ganadería Agricultura y Pesca, and the Dirección Nacional de Bomberos, Montevideo, Uruguay.
26-27 November 2015
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, Paris, France.
Twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) will include the discussion about the accountability of Integrated Fire Management (IFM) in a post-Kyoto Protocol agreement; Paris, France.
31 December 2015
GFMC greetings for 2016: 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 2015 (PDF, 0.5 MB).