GFMC Calendar 2020

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Preparation of GFMC activities in 2020

January 2020

03 January 2020
GFMC Statements on the situation of bushfires in Australia, online and broadcasted by German Public TV (ARD).

GFMC Statement
(available on the ARD archive until mid-January 2020)

10 January 2020
GFMC Statements on the situation of bushfires in Australia, online and broadcasted by German Public TV (ZDF/3Sat).

GFMC Statement on ZDF 3Sat
(available on the ZDF archive until 2025)

13 January 2020
Public lecture by GFMC „Climate Change and Landscape Fires: Welcome in the Pyrocene“ (Klimawandel, Wald- und Landschaftsbrände: Willkommen im Pyrozän!) in the frame of WALD(W)ENDE: Ein forstwissenschaftlicher Blick auf aktuelle Wald-Diskussionen, Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology, Goettingen University (Fakultät für Forstwissenschaften und Waldökologie, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen); Goettingen, Germany.

WALD(W)ENDE – playing with words

14 January 2020
GFMC Statements on the situation of bushfires in Australia, online and broadcasted by German Public TV (ZDF Heute plus)

ZDF Livestream with public interactive discussion about the fire situation in Australia
https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute-plus/hplus-live-zeitalter-des-feuers-100.html
Evening news
https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute-plus/200114hplus-gesamt-100.html

16-17 January 2020
OECD-PLACARD Workshop “Adapting to a changing climate in the management of wildfires”. The workshop aims at identifying issues that need to be addressed to create a conducive environment for aligning wildfire actions, by public as well as private actors, and to design an effective funding architecture to boost wildfire adaptation actions, including ensuring the continued availability of financial protection against wildfire risk; to identify the added-value of international and intergovernmental cooperation on this issue, and to define priority areas where the OECD could contribute to addressing existing gaps in its work going forward. The GFMC contribution will address the role of innovation and technology in wildfire management (J.G. Goldammer); OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France

GFMC presentation “Innovative approaches in enhancing governance and interoperability in landscape fire management: Interagency and international”. Photo: S. Lahaye.

23 January 2020
Launch of a web page “Natural Hazards – Landscape Fires” as part of BeSafeNet to provide basic understanding of the fundamentals of landscape fire and how people can protect themselves and their assets from the threats of wildfires. The website is tailored for high school students (age 15-17 years):

The website is available in four languages: English, French, Greek, Italian and Russian
http://www.besafenet.net/en-gb/natural-hazards-landscape-fires

24 January 2020
Shipment of laboratory equipment and library to the Regional Fire Management Resource Center – Central Asia Region (RFMRC-CAR); GFMC.

  • http://rcafmrc.num.edu.mn/Bon voyage – 45 days travel time for the container by river transport from Weil am Rhein to Hamburg, from there by sea to China and final leg by railways to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Handing-over of the equipment from GFMC (J.G. Goldammer) to RFMRC-CAR (O. Byambasuren). Photo: Jameson Karns.

February 2020

03 February 2020
Annual assembly of Freiburg Fire Service, with GFMC participation as thematic advisor “Landscape Fires”; Freiburg, Germany.

06-07 February 2020
Regional planning workshop “Climate Change and Landscape Fire Management in the Western Balkans” conducted by the Regional Fire Monitoring Center for Southeast Europe / South Caucasus (RFMC) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), with GFMC backstopping and contribution “Climate change and landscape fire management – global and regional challenges”; Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia.

Over the two days three breakout groups developed recommendation on (I) Climate change and Landscape Fire Management – Policy; (II) Climate change and Landscape Fire Management – Forestry / Agriculture and Adjacent Sectors; and (III) Climate change and Landscape Fire Management – Cross-boundary Cooperation. Photos: Jurant Dika, RFMC.

12-18 February 2020
Hurricane “Sabine” emergency response and follow-up of prescribed burning operations on Calluna vulgaris heathlands on Sylt Island, in cooperation with Sylt Nature Conservancy (Naturschutzgemeinschaft Sylt) and County Conservation Administration (Untere Naturschutzbehörde Kreis Nordfriesland; Sylt Island, Germany.

20 February 2020
Meeting with the Ambassador of Greece at the Council of Europe in preparation of a High-level Consultation on Enhancing Governance in Landscape Fire Management to be held in the framework of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement and the Greek Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe; Council of Europe / Permanent Representation of the Hellenic Republic of Greece to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France.

March 2020

4-5 March 2020
Aerial Fire Fighting Conference North America 2020 (AFFNA20). With GFMC keynote address on Global Warming and Landscape Fires – which will present a proposal to establish an international instrument for streamlining the governance of a coalition of national agencies, international organizations and the private sector. The initial proposal will be presented with regards to interoperability, common standard operating procedures; periods and areas of asset deployment; financial sustainability and a tentative timeline. GFMC Director will also give the eulogies for the 2020 winners of the Walt Darran International Aerial Firefighting Award (J.G. Goldammer); Sacramento, California, U.S.A.

14 March 2020 (weather-dependent) (postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic)

Fire management training for team leaders of fire and rescue service units of Teltow-Fläming County and the field team of Stiftung Naturlandschaften Brandenburg; Luckenwalde and Jüterbog, Germany.

17 March 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic)
Final Conference of the project Network of European Hubs for Civil Protection and Crisis Management, with pilot hub Wildfire Risk Management (GFMC partner) (J.G. Goldammer); World Trade Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

25 March 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic)
GFMC participation at the round table consultation Waldbrandbekämpfung auf Kampfmittelverdachtsflächen und geotechnischen Sperrflächen im Land Brandenburg (Firefighting on Terrain Contaminated by Weaponry / Unexploded Ordnance [UXO]), Brandenburg State; Ministry for Interior and Communal Affairs, Brandenburg State, Germany.

26-27 March 2020 (weather-dependent) (postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic)
Prescribed burning operation for conservation of Calluna vulgaris heathlands in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.

April 2020

Note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the restriction for international and domestic travel the GFMC and the Regional Fire Management Resource Centers have cancelled field work and physical meetings. Until further notice, meetings are replaced by intensified communication by E-Mail and Skype conferences.

22 April 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19 Pandemic)
Regional Round Table “Wildfire Management in South Eastern Europe”. Objective: To reinforce transboundary cooperation within the region and discuss strategic policies to address the increasing vulnerability of countries in the OSCE area to wildfires. Participating States: Fire management and forest management authorities of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. Jointly organized by OSCE, GFMC and REFMC. Centre for Openness and Dialogue, Tirana, Albania.

03 April 2020+
GFMC support to the Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) and the OSCE to address the wildfires burning in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone of Ukraine with regards to mitigating the effects of secondary radioactive pollution on Ukraine and neighboring countries.

Visual impressions of the wildfires and smoke transport in and from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (9 April 2020). Source: See Press release.

14 April 2020
Online meeting between the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) and the GFMC concerning futures joint approaches to enhance fire management capacities in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone of Ukraine; Vienna, Austria; Kiev, Ukraine; GFMC.

21 April 2020
Online meeting of the Committee on the Future of Landscape Fire Management and Wildfire Risk Reduction in Greece (GFMC Chair); Athens, Thessaloniki, Orestiada and Thessaloniki, Greece; GFMC.

22 April 2020
Online meeting between the UNEP/OCHA Joint Environment Unit / Environmental Emergencies Center), the Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) and the GFMC, concerning assessment of the fire situation in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone of Ukraine and the smoke pollution in and around Cúcuta, Republic of Colombia, and fires burning in neighbouring territories of San Antonio and Ureña, State of Táchira, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; UN Geneva, Switzerland; Kiev, Ukraine; GFMC.

24 April 2020
Online meeting with Neusiedler See National Park (Austria) administration and Austrian scientists for evaluation the reed fires of 03-04 April 2020 and the implications for future research and fire management approaches

Impression of fires suppression of the reed fires at Neusiedler See and the post-fire situation.
Photos: Neusiedler See National Park administration.

27 April 2020
Online meeting between the Secretariat of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement and the GFMC concerning the work programme2020; Strasbourg, France; GFMC.

29 April 2020
On-site meeting with the Office for Fire and Disaster Protection and the Forest Office, City of Freiburg i.Br. (Germany), in review and evaluation of the forest fire of 22 April 2020 in Freiburg City Forest and the advances of the concept of interagency cooperation and task-sharing in fire management; Freiburg, Germany.

COVID-19 precautionary distance between the representatives of Freiburg Forest Office, Fire Service and FGMC at the evaluation of the Sohlacker Fire of 22 April 2020. The surface fire had been caused by a campfire on top of a steep slope and a scenic lookout point, revealing the necessity and utility of light portable hand tools and backpack pumps in the terrain. Photos: Freiburg Forest Office and Freiburg Fire Service.

May 2020

01 May 2020
Start of the Research Cooperation Project “Transformation of Forests to Close-to-Nature Forest Management in Ukraine: Nature-based silvicultural and fire management methods for increasing the resilience of pine stands to drought and wildfire” (RESILPINE) with fire management components:

  • Wildfire risk reduction of pine forest by enrichment with broadleaved species
  • Wildfire hazard reduction of pine forest by applying nature-based integration of prescribed burning
  • Strategic planning and treatment of fuel breaks between forests, agricultural lands and settlements

Partners:

  • Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (HNEE) (Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development), Fachbereich für Wald und Umwelt
  • Ukrainian National Forestry University (Lviv, Ukraine)
  • Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC)
  • GFMC

Sponsor: German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) / German Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE). Initial project duration: May 2020 – April 2022; Eberswalde, Germany; Lviv, and Kiev, Ukraine; GFMC.

RESILPINE Partners

Sponsor: German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) / German Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE). Initial project duration: May 2020 – April 2022; Eberswalde, Germany; Lviv, and Kiev, Ukraine; GFMC.

05 May and 13 May 2020
Follow-up online conferences of the regional planning workshop “Climate Change and Landscape Fire Management in the Western Balkans” conducted by the Regional Fire Monitoring Center for Southeast Europe / South Caucasus (RFMC), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and GFMC; Skopje (North Macedonia), Bern (Switzerland) and GFMC (Germany).

14 May 2020
Fire management training for personnel of the Forest Office, City of Freiburg i.Br. (Germany) (basics in fire behavior, firefighting safety, use of hand tools and tactics) in the frame of interagency cooperation in fire management; Freiburg, Germany.

Handing over of backpack pumps from Freiburg Fire Service to the Schauinsland Forest Ranger District: The Commander of the Freiburg-Kappel Voluntary Fire Service introducing the handling of backpack pumps to the head of the Ranger District.

27 May 2020
GFMC inputs on landscape fires in the Earth system – an integral part of the educational mission of Klima Arena (Climate Arena); Sinsheim, Germany.

The Klima Arena includes a visual demonstration of the Fireglobe – the seasonal distribution of landscape fires around the world. Interview of GFMC Director by Anja Hoffmann, Director of Programmes and Special Exhibitions of Klima Arena

28 May 2020
Online closing conference of the project Network of European Hubs for Civil Protection and Crisis Management, with pilot hub Wildfire Risk Management (GFMC partner) (J.G. Goldammer); Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and European partners.

June 2020

03 June 2020

Follow-up online conferences of the regional planning workshop “Climate Change and Landscape Fire Management in the Western Balkans” conducted by the Regional Fire Monitoring Center for Southeast Europe / South Caucasus (RFMC), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and GFMC; Skopje (North Macedonia), Bern (Switzerland) and GFMC (Germany).

04 June 2020
Online Kick-off Meeting off the Research Cooperation Project “Transformation of Forests to Close-to-Nature Forest Management in Ukraine: Nature-based silvicultural and fire management methods for increasing the resilience of pine stands to drought and wildfire” (RESILPINE) with fire management components (see GFMC Calendar 01 May 2020)

Kick-off meeting online – the COVID-19-driven alternative to face-to-face meetings

05 June 2020
Planning meeting for further development of the forest fire management map for Freiburg Fire Service and Forest Service, City of Freiburg i.Br. (Germany); Freiburg, Germany.

The forest fire map for Freiburg: Advanced digitalization and integration of information relevant to fire prevention and wildfire incident management – a joint endeavor by Freiburg Fire Service, Forest Service and GFMC.

11 June 2020
First meeting of the Working Group of the Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management and the Committee on Law Enforcement on the Causes of Forest Fires and their Prevention in the Future, in the Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) of Ukraine, with WG member and participation of the head of the Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC), Sergiy V. Zibtsev. At the meeting, held at the parliament in Kiev, the Head of REEFMC highlighted most important aspects and steps on fire management needed in Ukraine based on experience and long-term co-operation with GFMC. The cooperation has been supported by the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (European Open Partial Agreement EUR-OPA) of the Council of Europe and the OSCE.

The Working Group meeting observed the safety rules imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

29 June 2020

Follow-up online conferences of the regional planning workshop “Climate Change and Landscape Fire Management in the Western Balkans” conducted by the Regional Fire Monitoring Center for Southeast Europe / South Caucasus (RFMC), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and GFMC; Skopje (North Macedonia), Bern (Switzerland) and GFMC (Germany).

29 June 2020

Monitoring of the charcoal kiln – a demonstration kiln in the Fire Management Model District of Freiburg Forest Office; Freiburg, Germany.

Every five years a demonstration charcoal kiln is set up in the City Forest of Freiburg, Germany. Photo: GFMC

July 2020

03 July 2020

Klimawandel, Wetterextreme, Dürre: Der „Klima Talk“ mit Prof. Dr. Johann Georg Goldammer, Philipp Schweigler und Gerrit Kleemann zur aktuellen Dürre (Climate Change, Weather Extremes, Drought: The Climate Talk with Prof. Dr. Johann Georg Goldammer, Philipp Schweigler and Gerrit Kleemann addressing the current drought; 18:30-20:30, Klima Arena, Sinsheim, Germany.

07-10 July 2020
Follow-up field research of the wildfires affecting the former Military Training Range and Ammunitions Depot Lübtheen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern State; Lübtheen, Germany.

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