Establishment of the Regional Fire Management Resource Center – South East Asia Region (Indonesia)
Establishment of the Regional Fire Management Resource Center – Latin America Region (Brazil)
Establishment of the Regional Fire Management Resource Center – South Asia Region (Nepal)
09 January 2017
GFMC presentation ,,Anwendung des Kontrollierten Feuers in Naturschutz, Landschaftspflege, Land- und Forstwirtschaft” (,,Application of Prescribed Fire in Conservation, Landscape Management, Agriculture and Forestry” (J.G. Goldammer) at Naturschutz Bund Deutschland e.V. (NABU) Group Dreisamtal; Kurhaus Kirchzarten, Germany.
13 January 2017
Ph.D. thesis defense of Stefan Teusan ,,Analyse der Waldentwicklung in der nordlichen Mongolei seit dem politischen Umbruch im Jahre 1991 unter besonderer Berucksichtigung feuerokologischer Aspekte. Dargestellt am Beispiel der Provinz Selenge und ausgewahlten Untersuchungsgebieten im Zeitraum 1990-2015″ (,,Analysis of forest development in Mongolia since the political changes in 1991 with regards to the fire ecology, based on selected research sites in the period 1990 to 2015 in Selenge Province); Freie Universitat Berlin.
16 January 2017 Celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Nikolay Alekseevich Andreev, former Chief, National Aerial Fire Center, Russian Federation (remotely by J.G. Goldammer); GFMC / Pushkino, Moscow Region, Russian Federation.
Nikolay Alekseevich Andreev, receiving a Medal of Honour on 16 January 2017. Photo: Avialesookhrana.
31 January – 02 February 2017
Meeting of the International Liaison Committee of the 7th International Wildland Fire Conference 2019 (Brazil) (J.G. Goldammer); U.S. Forest Service, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Meeting of the International Liaison Committee of the 7th International Wildland Fire Conference 2019, 01-02 February 2017, Washington, D.C. Photo: Lara Steil, Regional South America Wildland Fire Network.
04 February 2017 Meeting with the Chair of Dietrich Brandis Foundation, Dr. U. Brandis, on following up the heritage of Sir Dietrich Brandis with regards to development of forest and fire management at global level; GFMC.
Meeting of the Sir Dietrich Brandis Foundation at GFMC: Center: Dr. Ursula Brandis; right: Dr. Andreas Sedlatschek; left: GFMC head Johann G. Goldammer. Photo: Jameson Karns.
15 February 2017
Preparatory meeting for the follow-up of fire management training of Freiburg Fire Service and associated Voluntary Departments 11 (Waltershofen) and 16 (Kappel) in urban-wildland fire management; Freiburg Fire and Rescue Service,/ Freiburg, Germany.
01 March 2017 Kick-off of the project “Establishment of the Regional Fire Management Resource Center – South East Asia Region (RFMRC-SEA)” at the Faculty of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia. The establishment of the RFMRC-SEA will be implemented between 2017 and 2019 under the lead of the GFMC (J.G. Goldammer, L. Pronto), sponsored by a grant of the Federal German Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BLEM), by decision of the German Bundestag; GFMC Freiburg, Germany and Bogor, Indonesia.
11 March 2017
Follow-up of fire management training of Freiburg Fire Service and associated Voluntary Departments 11 (Waltershofen) and 16 (Kappel) in urban-wildland fire management (J. G. Goldammer, J. Karns, S. Zibtsev); Freiburg Fire and Rescue Service,/ Freiburg, Germany.
Introduction to hand tools and connecting small-diameter D hoses to C hoses. Photo: S. Zibtsev (REEFMC)
17-22 March 2017
On-site start of the of establishment of the Regional Fire Management Resource Center – South East Asia Region (RFMRC-SEA) (J.G. Goldammer, L. Pronto); Faculty of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia.
The RFMRC-SEA office is set up at the Faculty of Forestry (top), Bogor Agricultural UniversityThe head of RFMRC-SEA, Prof. Bambang Hero, in discussion with GFMC staff and RFMRC-SEA staff Ati Dwi Nurhayati.
Introduction of the RFMRC-SEA to Minister of Environment and Forestry of Indonesia, Dr. Siti Nurbaya (Center)
Introduction of the RFMRC-SEA to the Peat Restoration Agency of Indonesia (BRG) with Dr. Alue Dohong (BRG Deputy, right) and Mr. Hartono Prawiratmadja (BRG Secretary)
01-07 April 2017
Preparatory mission on the evaluation and follow-up of the wildfire emergency in Chile in February 2017, based on a decision by the Governments of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Chile (J.G. Goldammer), following the First Regional Symposium on Cross-Boundary Cooperation in Fire Management in South America / Primer Simposio Regional de Cooperacion en Manejo del Fuego Inter-Fronterizo en Sudamerica in May 2016; Santiago, Republic of Chile.
On-site visit of regional fire management teams, reconnaissance flights of burned areas and political consultations with CONAF and other Chilean agencies. More details to follow in a dedicated website (Photos: CONAF).
04 April 2017
Prescribed burning operations for restoring Calluna vulgaris dune heath in Luetjenholm, Schleswig-Holstein-State, by GFMC Team & Associate (L. Pronto and A. Held); in the frame of the EU LIFE Project “Aurinia”; Luetjenholm, Germany.
GFMC team conducting the prescribed fire with the assistance of helpers from the EU LIFE Project ”Aurinia”. Immediately after the fire reptiles show up in the fire-exposed and generally warmer habitats (Photos: GFMC).
26 April 2017
GFMC research visit at the Documentation Center of the Paris Institute of Technology, Life, Food and Environmental Sciences – AgroParisTech, Nancy Campus, France, for research of the history of Gifford Pinchot, the first head of the U.S. Forest Service (within the frame of the PhD research of GFMC staff Jameson Karns); Nancy, France.
GFMC visit of the library and archive of the Documentation Center of AgroParisTech, with the bust of Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, who studied forestry in Nancy in the 1890s
06-13 May 2017 Second GFMC mission for the establishment of theRegional Fire Management Resource Center – South East Asia Region (RFMRC-SEA) (L. Pronto); Faculty of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia.
Planning meeting at the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) between the head of the RFMRC-SEA (Prof. Bambang Hero Saharjo), the GFMC project officer (Lindon N. Pronto), the head of the MoEF Forest Fire Prevention Department (Mr. Raffles Panjaitan and his deputy Sumantri) for the preparation of the First National Round Table on Fire Management (July 2017). Photo: MoEF
15-17 May 2017 Third International Workshop Challenges on Military Land Management: Complementary Aspects & Common Goals in Natural Resources Management on Military Lands, with GFMC contribution Fire Management on Military Terrain Contaminated by Unexploded Ordnance (J.G. Goldammer); Illmitz, Burgenland, Information Center Nationalpark Neusiedler See-Seewinkel, Austria.
On site demonstration of an autonomous tractor for open land management and the unmanned Dok-Ing landmine clearing vehicle, Austrian Armament and Defense Agency (AADA). Photo: David Kuelling, Swiss Department of Defense.
19 May 2017 Farewell Symposium to M.O. Andreae and the closure of the Biogeochemistry Department, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry; Mainz, Germany.
Outgoing Director of the Biogeochemistry Department, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Meinrat O. Andreae (Center), with MPIC staff including Managing Director Ulrich Poeschl (first row, left) and Nobel Laureate Paul J. Crutzen (third from left). Photo: H. Schoeller, MPI for Chemistry.
23-24 May 2017 Kick-off meeting of the FIRE-IN – Fire and Rescue Innovation Network, a project conducted in the frame of the EU Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 Secured societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens (SEC-21-GM-2016-2017 – Pan-European Networks of Practitioners and other Actors in the Field of Security), with GFMC lead in WG Vegetation Fire Crisis Mitigation (J.G. Goldammer, L. Pronto); Ecole Nationale Superieure des Officiers de Sapeurs-Pompiers (ENSOSP), Aix-en-Provence, France.
25 May 2017 GFMC-led Forum Integrated Fire Management: New Approaches in Forest Protection and Nature Conservation at LIGNA 2017 and Wood Industry Summit 2017, with GFMC contributions Integrated Fire Management and Chances and Risks for the Future of the Pine Species (J.G. Goldammer) and Methods of Integrated Fire Management in North America (L. Pronto); Hannover Messe, Germany.
The presentations of GFMC and it’s partner DiBuKa covered different themes addressing Integrated Fire Management (from top): Europe (J.G. Goldammer), Germany (A.Held), North America (L. Pronto) and specifically on UXO-contaminated terrain (DiBuKa) – with additional display of the armoured firefighting tank SPOT-55 at the LIGNA Exposition. Photos: KWF H. and A. Boehle)
07 June 2017 International Seminar Exchange of Experience and Introduction of Innovative Technologies in Forest Fire Protection, organized in the frame of the 10th International Exhibition “Integrated Security 2017”, with GFMC / FMRC-CAR contribution “International Experience in Fire Management” (presented by O. Byambasuren); EMERCOM Moscow, Russian Federation.
Dr. Oyunsanaa Byambasuren (second from left) presenting the message from the Global Wildland Fire Network. Panel discussants (from right): Mr. Nikolay Krotov, Deputy Head of the Federal Forest Agency of Russia (ROSLESKHOZ), and Mr. Alexander Kulik, Vice Minister for Forestry, Republic of Belarus. Photo: Avialesookhrana.
27-28 June 2017 Joint FOREST EUROPE, UNECE and FAO Workshop “Promotion of Green Jobs in the Forest Sector: Challenges and Opportunities”, with GFMC contribution to Thematic Session I: Occupational Health and Safety of Forest Workers “Health and Safety in Exceptional Situations – Forest Fire Fighters” (by J.G. Goldammer); Bratislava, Slovakia.
03 July 2017 Visit and briefing of a delegation of the Korea Forest Service, Gyeonggi Province, Republic of South Korea, on communal wildfire defense (J.G. Goldammer); Forstliche Versuchs- und Forschungsanstalt Baden-Wurttemberg (FVA), Freiburg, Germany.
GFMC briefing on community-based fire management in Germany. Photo: A. Held (EFI)
06 July 2017 Joint consultations with the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine and the Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) in drafting the “Directions for Organizing Firefighting by Units of Public Services of the Natural Reserve Fund Protection, Operational Rescue Service of Civil Defense and Permanent Forest Users in the Natural Ecosystems of the Chernobyl Radiation-Ecological Biosphere Reserve“, to be registered with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine (with GFMC participation, J.G. Goldammer); Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kyiv, Ukraine.
9-11 July 2017 Preparation and organization of the National Inter-Agency Round Table on Fire Management, Republic of Indonesia and the opening of the Regional Fire Management Resource Center – Southeast Asia Region (RFMRC-SEA) in the frame of the establishment of the RFMRC-SEA sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture based on a decision of the German Bundestag, and supported / facilitated by GFMC (J.G. Goldammer, L. Pronto); Jakarta, Ministry for Environment and Forestry (Manggala Wanabhakti), Indonesia.
Opening and discussions of the National inter-Agency Round Table on Fire Management.
Launch of the Regional Fire Management Resource Center South East Asia (RFMRC-SEA) by the Ministry for Environment and Forest, the Ambassador of Germany and GFMC.
The RFMRC-SEA Team and its leader, Prof. Dr. Baambanh Hero Saharjo (right) and associated partners. All photos: RFMRC-SEA
13-19 July 2017 Prescribed burning operation on Calluna vulgaris heathlands on Sylt Island, in cooperation with Sylt Nature Conservancy (Naturschutzgemeinschaft Sylt) and County Conservation Administration (Untere Naturschutzbehoerde Kreis Nordfriesland), following up the 2014 burning programme (J.G. Goldammer); Sylt Island, Germany.
08 August 2017
Briefing and consultation of the use of large firefighting aircraft by the European Commission, Civil Protection Mechanism, with GFMC inputs regarding the development of the International Fire Aviation Guidelines: “Towards enhancing Safety, Effectiveness, Efficiency and Interoperability of Aerial Firefighting Resources in Ground-Air and Cross-Boundary Coordination” (J.G. Goldammer); European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.
14-29 August 2017
Fire management field assessment and community-based fire management training preparatory mission in the frame of the forest rehabilitation project of Lernen-Helfen-Leben e.V. in Democratic Republic of Congo (L. Pronto); South Kivu Province (Regions Burhinyi, Luhwinja, Kaziba, Mushenyi and Nyangezi, D.R. Congo.
Shepherd boys in South Kivu Province have set a pasture cleaning fire (blackened slope in the background) – a major cause of wildfires entering reforestation areas and other fire-vulnerable sites
6-8 September 2017 Meetings with Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine in preparation of the National Round Table on Fire Management in the frame of the CoE/EUR-OPA / GFMC / REEFMC project “Enhancing the national interagency and international cross-boundary dialogue and inter-operability in fire management in Southeast Europe and Eastern Europe” (J.G. Goldammer); Kiev, Ukraine.
7 September 2017 Inception meeting of OSCE / GFMC /REEFMC project “Improving Radiological and Environmental Awareness in Territories affected by the Chernobyl Accident in Belarus and Ukraine with a Focus on Wildfire Management” (J.G. Goldammer); Kiev, Ukraine.
Representatives of Ukraine and Belarus attending the Inception Workshop
Top: Valerii Kashparov (Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology) presenting his research results “Radiological contamination of environment during fires and radiological safety of firefighters during fire suppression in the Exclusion Zone”. Middle and bottom: Meeting conveners Hanna Plotnykova and Tamara Kutonova and co-sponsor GFMC (Johann G Goldammer). Photos: Courtesy OSCE.
18-19 September 2017 Coordination meeting of the FIRE-IN – Fire and Rescue Innovation Network, a project conducted in the frame of the EU Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 Secured societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens (SEC-21-GM-2016-2017 – Pan-European Networks of Practitioners and other Actors in the Field of Security), with GFMC lead in WG Vegetation Fire Crisis Mitigation (J.G. Goldammer, L. Pronto); Istituto Superiore Antincendi (ISA) (National Fire Academy of Italy), Rome, Italy.
Exercising World-Café style breakout groups for the upcoming consultative workshops in 2018.
25 September 2017 GFMC consultation with the GIZ programme Integrated Biodiversity Management in the South Caucasus (IBiS), the National Forestry Agency and the Biodiversity and Forest Policy Department and the First Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection for Environment, Ms. Eka Grigalava, concerning continuing cooperation in fire management and development of a National Fire Management Policy for Georgia (September 2017 to May 2018); Tbilisi, Georgia.
Media reports on wildfires in Georgia 2017 (PDF, 0.7 MB)
October 2017 2-3 October 2017 Segundo Simposio Regional y Consulta sobre Cooperación en Manejo del Fuego Transfronterizo en Sudamérica (Second Regional Consultation on Cross-boundary Cooperation in Fire Management in South America), sponsored by GFMC and the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture; Viña del Mar, Chile.
Country representatives from nine South American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela) agreed on the “Viña del Mar Declaration on Cross-boundary Cooperation in Fire Management”. Photo: CONAF.
Aaron Cavieres, Executive Director of Corporacion Nacional Forestal (CONAF) opened the consultation. Photo: CONAF.
From left to right: Patricio Sanhueza (Chairman), Ricardo Toro (Executive Director, Oficina Nacional de Emergencia del Ministerio del Interior – ONEMI), Johann G. Goldammer (GFMCC) and Aaron Cavieres (CONAF). Photo: CONAF.
Right: Signing of a cooperation agreement between CONAF (A. Cavieres) and GMFC (J.G. Goldammer). Photo: CONAF.
15 October 2017 Simulation Exercise in preparation of the multinational aerial firefighting demonstration with Canadair CL-415 aircraft and crews from Croatia, France (host), Italy and Spain; Securité Civile, Nimes, France.
Canadair CL-415 aerial firefighting teams from Croatia, France, Italy and Spain met in Nimes for exercising by simulation (Nimes Aerial Firefighting Simulator, Securite Civile, Nimes) and in practice. Photos: Richard Alder, IFAWG Chair.
16-17 October 2017 Aerial Firefighting Conference Europe 2017, with GFMC contribution “Global Warming and Climate Change Research from the Air” (J.G. Goldammer); Securité Civile, Nimes, France.
From top to bottom: Opening of the Conference by EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Mr. Christos Stylianides, with the Conference Chair, Air Marshal Philip Sturley, and GFMC Director Johann G. Goldammer, display of the French Civil Protection Safety Cluster, and live demonstration of aerial assets of nations attending the conference. Photos: Tangent Link.
17 October 2017 International Fire Aviation Group (IFAWG) Board Meeting (GFMC Secretariat); Securité Civile, Nimes, France.
IFAWG Board meeting in Nimes, with remote online participation by members from the U.S.A. and Italy.
18 October 2017 Interoperability Workshop held in conjunction with the Aerial Firefighting Conference Europe 2017, organized jointly by the International Fire Aviation Working Group (IFAWG) and Securité Civile. GFMC contribution: Report on the Second Regional Consultation on Transboundary Cooperation in Fire Management in South America (J.G. Goldammer); Securité Civile, Nimes, France.
16-17 October 2017 2017 OSCE Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting with GFMC / REEFMC contribution “Supporting the Implementation of OSCE Ministerial Council Decision 6/14 on Enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction: Enhancing National and Regional Capacities in Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction” (Session I: Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction and Management at all Levels), presented by S. Zibtsev, Director of REEFMC, on behalf of GFMC Director; Hofburg, Vienna, Austria.
Presentation of the joint GFMC / REEFMC Statement by Sergiy V. Zibtsev
26 October 2017 National Round Table “Fires in the Natural and Cultural Landscapes of Ukraine: Towards the Development of a National Fire Management Policy”, organized by the Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) / National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULESU), GFMC and the State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine, with participation of the Ministries of Agrarian Policy and Food, Internal Affairs and Ecology and Natural Resources, and the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, sponsored by the Council of Europe, Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) through (GFMC); Kyiv, REEFMC/NULESU, Ukraine.
National Round Table participants, Round Table Chair Sergiy V. Zibtsev, Director of REEFMC, Moderator Yuriy Marchuk and representatives from GFMC (J.G. Goldammer) and the Regional Fire Monitoring Center SE Europe / Caucasus (N. Nikolov). Photos: REEFMC
27 October 2017 Regional Consultation on “Cross-Boundary Cooperation in Landscape Fire Management”, organized by the Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) / National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULESU), GFMC, with participation of State Scientific Institute of Forest, National Academy of Sciences (Belarus); Directorate of Forestry, Hungary; Forestry Research Institute, Moldova; Regional Fire Monitoring Center for Southeast Europe / Caucasus (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia); sponsored by the Council of Europe, Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) through (GFMC); Kyiv, REEFMC/NULESU, Boyarka Forest Experimental Station, Ukrainian Center of Advance Training of Forestry Professionals, Ukraine.
November 2017 06-07 November 2017 Annual meeting of the Directors of the European and Mediterranean Centres and Permanent Correspondents 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.
First joint assembly of the Directors of the European and Mediterranean Centres and Permanent Correspondents of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement Meeting (EUR-OPA). Photo: EUR-OPA Secretariat.
10 November 2017 National Round Table on the Future of Fire Management, Portugal (J.G. Goldammer); Office of the Prime Minister, Lisbon, Portugal.
The round table consultation at the Prime Minister’s Office revealed the need for developing a holistic approach in landscape fire management to reduce the wildfire threats to the environment and human security. Photos: Prime Minister’s Office.
15-16 November 2017 International conference “Protection of Human Settlements and Social Infrastructure from Wildfires”, organized by EMERCOM of Russia, with GFMC contribution on behalf of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement Meeting (EUR-OPA) “Towards Building Holistic Approaches in Landscape Fire Management in Eurasia: Experiences and Prospects” (J.G. Goldammer); State Fire Academy of EMERCOM of Russia, Moscow, Russian Federation.
GFMC presentation on progress of application of holistic and integrated landscape fire management approaches in eastern Europe
Close-up of conferences hosts and representatives of regional organizations at the EMERCOM-UNISDR conference. From left to right: Johann G. Goldammer (Director, GFMC), Oleg Bazhenov (State Secretary and Deputy Minister for Emergency Situations), Gianluca Silvestrini (Executive Secretary, EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement), Angelo Borrelli (Head, Civil Protection Department, Italy), Abhilash Panda (UNISDR Europe Office Secretariat), Victor Klimkin (Deputy chair, All-Russian Voluntary Fire Society) and Vitaly Akberdin (Chief, National Aerial Fire Center of Russia Avialesookhrana
Side meeting with the leadership Federal Forest Agency of the Russian Federation Rosleskhoz and the Aerial Forest Fire Center Avialesookhrana. From left to right: Vitaly Akberdin, Mikhail Kozlov, Nikolay Krovosheev, Vitaly Akberdin, Johann G. Goldammer and Andrey M. Eritsov. Photos: EMERCOM of Russia
21-23 November 2017 International Seminar “Integrated Fire Management (IFM): Results of the Cerrado Jalapão Project“ with GFMC contribution “Cross-cutting Issues in Integrated Fire Management: Commonalities and Lessons Identified at the Science-Policy Interface in South America, South East Asia and Europe – The Way Ahead” (J.G. Goldammer); Ministry for Environment, Brasilia, Brazil.
Panel discussion about capacity building and management practices in Integrated Fire Management – among other with Marcos Giongo, head of the newly established Regional Fire Management Resource Center (second from left). Photo: MMA/GIZ
30 November – 07 December 2017 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, L. Pronto); GFMC / Freiburg University, Germany.
20 December 2017 Consultation with the OSCE, Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, about a Regional Western Balkans Fire Management Project (J.G. Goldammer); OSCE Secretariat, Vienna.
31 December 2017 GFMC greetings for 2018: 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 2017 (PDF, 0.5 MB)