Establishment of the Regional Fire Management Resource Center – Latin America Region (RFMRC-LAR) (Santiago, Chile, and Gurupi, Brazil)
Enhancing cross-boundary cooperation in fire management in Central Asia (joint activity of the Regional Central Asia Fire Management Resource Center (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia), the Regional Central Eurasia Fire Monitoring Center (Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation) and the Regional Central Asia Fire Management Resource Center (Harbin, P.R. China; in estab.)
Implementation of the project 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
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.
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):
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.