In accordance with the decision of the former Inter-Agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction (IATF/DR) of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the Global Wildland Fire Network (GWFN) and the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG) were created in 2004 under the auspices of UNISDR. The GWFN provides an umbrella of 14 independent Regional Wildland Fire Networks of different / individual origins and mandates. The GWFN mission is to:
Reduce the negative impacts of landscape fires on the environment and humanity
Advance the knowledge and application of the ecologically and environmentally benign role of natural fire in fire-dependent ecosystems, and sustainable application of fire in land-use systems.
This world map shows the delineation of the Regional Wildland Fire Networks. The vegetation types display characteristic fire regimes in the regions in a generalized way. Details are described in the background documents on the regional network web pages. The red stars show the locations of the Regional Hubs of GFMC, i.e. the Regional Fire Monitoring Centers and the Regional Fires Management Resource Centers.