GFMC Calendar 2022

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Overview of Selected GFMC Activities ahead in 2022

January 2022

05 January 2022

Further development of the Welte Fire Fighter Box (FFB) – now called Welte Tank Rucksack – supported by GFMC in the frame of the Freiburg Cluster for Landscape Fire Management; Umkirch, Germany.

12 January 2022

International Liaison Committee (ILC) and Portugal Conference Organizing Committee for the 8th International Wildland Fire Conference (IWFC-8) in Portugal 2023.

13 January 2022

OroraTech, a founding member of the SpaceBrewery series, launched their first satellite on aboard a SpaceX transporter mission –The FOREST 1 (FOREST stands for Forest Observation and Recognition Experimental Smallsat Thermal Detector) – the first satellite of a planned constellation to go into low-earth orbit that will help fill in the current gaps in thermal-infrared data for the afternoon – the time wildfires are burning most intensely (GFMC advisor); Cap Canaveral (USA) and Munich (Germany)

18-19 January 2022

TAIEX TSI Online Workshop “Post-fire biodiversity and biotic natural capital recovery: Framework development in the case of Evia (Greece)” organised in co-operation with the European Commission (Directorate General for Structural Reform Support) and the Agency for Natural Environment & Climate Change (N.E.C.C.A.) of Greece. The Workshop aims to gather information, understanding and learn from peers facing similar challenges in restoration/ recovery of biodiversity and ecosystems following natural disasters (particularly forest fires), experiencing first-hand the achievements and discover the lessons learned. Purpose: (1) to support Greece in addressing post-fire support measures for the restoration/ recovery of the biodiversity and the ecosystems in burnt areas (e.g. Evia); (2) to support in setting-up a hub of experts and knowledge for designing, implementing and monitoring post-fire support measures for the restoration/ recovery of the biodiversity and the ecosystems in burnt areas. With GFMC introductory presentation “Integrated Fire Management for Biodiversity Conservation in Natural and Cultural Landscapes of Europe”; Athens / Brussels, online.

February 2022

01 February 2022
Online consultation of the National Committee on Perspectives of Landscape Fire Management in Greece, chaired by GFMC:

03 February 2022
Online consultation with UNDRR Office on Disaster Risk Reduction on the future of international cooperation in landscape fire management and the creation of an international instrument tentatively designated “International Landscape Fire Management Framework”.

07 February 2022
Online consultation in preparation of the First Bloemendaal Round Table on Fire Management in Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland and Adjoining Residential Areas (cf. 27-28 February 2022) 

08 and 21 February 2022
Follow-up of the online conference 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: Launch of the Landscape Fire Management Programme in the Western Balkans (start: April 2022), sponsored by SDC; Skopje (North Macedonia), Bern (Switzerland) and GFMC; online.

10-11 February 2022
European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) – Joint Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents and Directors of Specialised Centres; Online, Strasbourg.

14 February 2022
Continuation of online conferences between the Independent Fire Management Committee and the Team of Mr. Stavros Benos, mandated by the Hellenic Government to develop a plan for post-fire reconstruction of Evia Island affected by wildfires in 2021. Participation: GFMC/Epitropi, Benos Team, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Greece; ministerial focal points of the German-Greek Assembly: Development of a plan of cooperation.

17 February 2022
Presentation of the Welte Fire Fighter Box (FFB). The development of the FFB is supported by GFMC in the frame of the Freiburg Cluster for Landscape Fire Management; Umkirch and Sexau, Germany.

23 February 2022
GFMC online meeting with new staff member Enkhjin; Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), Mérida (Mexico) and GFMC.

25 February 2022
Online consultation with UNDRR Office on Disaster Risk Reduction on the future of international cooperation in landscape fire management and the creation of an international instrument tentatively designated “International Landscape Fire Management Framework”.

24 February 2022
GFMC responding to the invasion of Russian Armed Forces and start of war in Ukraine. Initiating international support for Ukraine to secure the work of partners and evacuating families.

27 and 28 February 2022
Field visit of Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland and Gaienboos Forest (27 February 2022) in preparation of the First Bloemendaal Round Table on Fire Management in Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland and Adjoining Residential Areas, facilitated by GMFC, with GFMC introduction Fire Management in Forests and Nature Conservation Areas – and Wildfire Safety: History, Current Practices and Future Challenges. Implications for Gaaienbos / Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland and Adjoining Residential Areas; Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland and Gaienboos Forest and Bloemendaal City Hall, The Netherlands.

Round Table participants and view of the preceding field visit and identification of extreme wildfire hazard along the interface of Gaaienbos Forest and adjoining residential areas

March 2022

02 March2022
Online consultation with Fundación Manos Verdes por una mayor conciencia ambiental, Argentina, addressing the ongoing wildfires and future action to be taken at national and regional level; Buenos Aires, Argentina, and GFMC.

Satellite imagery acquired by the Operational Land Imager-2 (OLI-2) on Landsat 9 on 16 February 2022, show the scorched fields and heavy smoke from the multiple wildfires still burning near Iberá National Park. Source: NASA

16 March2022 (postponed)
Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) Economic and Environmental Committee (EEC) meeting; Hofburg, Vienna, Austria

18-20 March2022
3rd Meeting of the Reconstruction Program of Northern Evia with the institutions and the citizens of Northern Evia, jointly with the Independent Landscape Fire Management Committee of Greece and the Team of Mr. Stavros Benos, mandated by the Hellenic Government to develop a plan for post-fire reconstruction of North Evia affected by wildfires in 2021. Fieldwork and stakeholder consultations on North Evia, co-organized by DIAZOMA and GSEVEE Associations; Agia Anna, North Evia, Greece.

19 March 2022
Field test of the Welte Tankrucksack (WTR) (Welte “Tank Backback”) – a joint development with GFMC in the frame of the Freiburg Cluster for Landscape Fire Management; Sexau, Germany.

21-23 March2022
Aerial Fire Fighting Conference North America 2022 (GFMC remote participation including handing over the Walt Darran Award 2022; San Diego, California, U.S.A.

25 March2022
Continuation of dialogue on reducing collateral environmental damages of the consequences war in Ukraine, including wildfires notably in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, with Government of Ukraine and the OSCE


28 March2022

Trilateral consultation between GFMC, the Regional Eastern Africa Fire Management Resource Center (REAFMRC) and the Regional Western Africa Fire Management Resource Center (RWAFMRC); GFMC, Antananarivo (Madagascar) and Kumasi (Ghana).

Lucy Amissah, head of RWAFMRC (left), Harifidy Rakoto Ratsimba, head of REAFMRC (right) and GFMC Chief (lower right), discussing the way ahead for intra-African and international cooperation in landscape fire management.

April 2022

01 April 2022
Preview and discussion of the documentary of the wildfires burning in North Euboea Greece) in 2022 – “Το Σχέδιο – The Plan”; Athens, GFMC.

05-07 April 2022
Kick-Off Meeting “Landscape Fire Management in the Western Balkans”, conducted by the Regional Fire Monitoring Center for Southeast Europe / South Caucasus (RFMC), FARMAHEM, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and GFMC: Launch of the Landscape Fire Management Programme in the Western Balkans; Skopje (North Macedonia).

12 April 2022
Freiburg Landscape Fire Management Cluster: Review of and field inspection and of the Schauinsland and Cable Car wildfire safety (GFMC advisor); Freiburg, Germany. For details of the Freiburg Landscape Fire Management Model (in German):

13 April 2022
Dissemination Meeting of the Reconstruction Program of Northern Evia with the Independent Landscape Fire Management Committee of Greece and the Team of Mr. Stavros Benos, mandated by the Hellenic Government to develop a plan for post-fire reconstruction of North Evia affected by wildfires in 2021. Committee represented on site, with online participation of GFMC; Megaro Mousikis Hall, Athens, Greece.

13 April 2022
Annual assembly of Freiburg Fire Service, with GFMC participation as thematic advisor “Landscape Fires”; Freiburg, Germany. For details of the Freiburg Landscape Fire Management Model (in German):

15 April 2022
Freiburg Landscape Fire Management Cluster: Response of the GFMC-supported Landscape Fire Task Force of Freiburg Fire Service to a forest fire at Schauinsland Mountain near Freiburg.

25-26 April 2022
Wildfire Management Summit 2022, with GFMC contribution “Wildfires in Times of Crisis: Challenges for International Cooperation”, with emphasis on wildfire crises in contaminated terrain, conflict and post-conflict areas and perspectives towards development of an International Framework for Landscape Fire Management (J.G. Goldammer); San Francisco, California. U.S.A.)

28 April 2022
Consultation for use of prescribed fire in maintaining Calluna vulgaris heath in Kiebitzholmer Moor threatened by encroachment of broom (Genista spp.). Responsible agency: Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesforsten, Abteilung Naturschutz (Schleswig-Holstein Forest Service, Conservation Department); Kiebitzholmer Moor, Segeberg County, Schleswig-Holstein State, Germany.

May 2022

03 May 2022
Follow-up of prescribed burning operations on Calluna vulgaris heathlands on Sylt Island, in cooperation with Sylt Nature Conservancy (Naturschutzgemeinschaft Sylt); Sylt Island, Germany.

16 May 2022

1er Séminaire Algéro-Canadien sur la Lutte Contre les Feux de Forêts par des Moyens Aériens ”Historique, Statut et Visions Futures” (GFMC Honorary Chair); Algiers, Algeria.

GFMC presentation “Challenges and Opportunities for International Cooperation Landscape Fire Management” (online)

24 May 2022
EGU General Assembly Session NH7.1 “Spatial and temporal patterns of wildfires: models, theory, and reality” (Conveners: Joana Parente, Marj Tonini, Andrea Trucchia, Mário Pereira, Nikos Koutsias); Vienna, Austria

25 May 2022
Ceremony of awarding the Honorary Doctor degree from the Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Environment of Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki to Professor Dr. Johann Georg Goldammer, GFMC Chief; Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki; Greece.

26 May 2022
Continuation of cooperation with the Reconstruction Program of Northern Evia with the institutions and the citizens of Northern Evia, jointly with the Independent Landscape Fire Management Committee of Greece and the Team of Mr. Stavros Benos, mandated by the Hellenic Government to develop a plan for post-fire reconstruction of North Evia affected by wildfires in 2021. Field work and stakeholder consultations on North Evia; North Evia, Limni, Greece.

Wildfire damages assessment on Northern Evia by the Landscape Fire Management Committee of Greece and the Team of Mr. Stavros Benos.

 

The Round Table of the Municipality of Mantoudi, Agia Anna and Limni offered an opportunity for local authorities, inhabitants and the representatives of the Independent Landscape Fire Management Committee of Greece and the Team of Mr. Stavros Benos to discuss the severe fires in North Evia in 2021 and the need for action for the future.

27 May 2022
Consultation meeting with Minister for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, Hellenic Republic, Mr. Christos Stylianides, and Mr. Stavros Benos, on landscape fire management; Ministry for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection of Greece, Athens, Greece. 

31 May 2022

Online meeting with the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in preparation of bilateral co-operation projects on landscape fire management and wildfire disaster risk reduction to strengthen climate resilience in the South Caucasus; OSCE, Hofburg, Vienna, Austria, online-

June 2022

06 June 2022

Follow-up of cooperation with the Reconstruction Program of Northern Evia with the institutions and the citizens of Northern Evia, jointly with the Independent Landscape Fire Management Committee of Greece and the Team of Mr. Stavros Benos, mandated by the Hellenic Government to develop a plan for post-fire reconstruction of North Evia affected by wildfires in 2021; Embassy of Germany, Athens, Greece (online)

07 June 2022

Preparatory meeting with Julian Charrière in preparation of “Feral fires and unruly kin”; online.

27 June 2022

Follow-up of the First Bloemendaal Round Table on Fire Management in Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland and Adjoining Residential Areas (28 February 2022); Bloemendaal City Hall, The Netherlands.

30 June 2022
Preparatory meeting for the 2022 fire management refresher with Freiburg Fire Service; Freiburg, Germany. For details of the Freiburg Landscape Fire Management Model (in German):

July 2022

04 July 2022
Consultations with the Young Professionals Programme of the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (Deutsches Komitee Katastrophenvorsorge e.V., DKKV). The DKKV is the national platform for disaster prevention in Germany and is serving as intermediary to international organisations and initiatives active in the field of disaster prevention. The consultation with GFMC addresses the Sendai Framework Mid-Term Review with regard to enhancing governance in wildfire disaster risk reduction; onlone, Bonn, GFMC.

05 July 2022
Monthly preparatory meeting of the International Liaison Committee (ILC) and Conference Organizing Committee for the 8th International Wildland Fire Conference (IWFC-8) in Portugal, 16-19 May 2023.

05 July 2022
Meeting with leadership of Indonesian-German Programme FORCLIME (Forests and Climate Change Programme). FORCLIME’s overall objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the forest sector while improving the livelihoods of Indonesia’s poor rural communities. In order to achieve this goal, the Programme team is supporting the Indonesian Government in the design and implementation of various legal, policy-related and institutional reforms aimed at the conservation and sustainable management of forests at the local, provincial and national levels. The geographic focus of FORCLIME is Eastern Indonesia and the Provinces of Central Sulawesi, Papua and West Papua. GFMC provides voluntary advisory services; GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.

17-20 July 2022
International Key Trade Fair for Forestry and Forest Technology, with scientific congress “Forest Condition – Climate Change”. GFMC contribution “Forest Fire Management as a Cross-Sectoral Task: The Freiburg Model” (Johann Georg Goldammer); Trade Fair Center Messe, Munich, Germany.

Presentation of GFMC contribution “Forest Fire Management as a Cross-Sectoral Task: The Freiburg Model”. ©Photo: Messe München.

18 July 2022
Response by the Freiburg Landscape Fire Task Force – a cooperative endeavor of GFMC, Freiburg Fire Service and Forest Service, to a wildfire at Schauinsland Mountain, Freiburg City Forest; Freiburg, Germany.

26 July 2022
Life training in wildfire suppression including use of suppression firing for leadership staff of Freiburg Fire Service; Freiburg, Germany. For details of the Freiburg Landscape Fire Management Model (in German):

29-30 July 2022
Response to wildfires burning in Saxony State, Germany, on terrain contaminated by unexploded ordnance (UXO). 

Review of GFMC Outreach to Public Media in July 2022
The extreme drought and heat wave and a high incidence of wildfires in Germany prompted the media to call GFMC for statements and comments. A few examples are provided:

Various comments and Interviews given in public TV channels:

August 2022

02 August 2022
Monthly preparatory meeting of the International Liaison Committee (ILC) and Conference Organizing Committee for the 8th International Wildland Fire Conference (IWFC-8) in Portugal, 16-19 May 2023.

03 August 2022
Tropenbos International Conference call on Fire-smart Landscape Governance Programme; Ede, The Netherlands / online.

04-10 August 2022
GFMC / DiBuKa Team supporting the confinement and control of a wildfire burning in a UXO and explosives disposal site in Grunewald Forest in Berlin (Germany) territory, using the armored wildfire suppression tank “Marder”; Berlin, Germany.

The armored wildfire suppression tank, a former armored personnel carrier type “MARDER” containing ground fires near Torgau (Saxony, Germany) on 29 July 2022 – same system used in Berlin (no photos available due to continuing explosions). © Photo: GFMC.

09 August 2022
Consultation with Julia Schneider, member of the Berlin Parliament, to discuss consequences of the Grunewald with regard to land management and wildfire preparedness and response.

16 August 2022
Baden-Württemberg State Press Conference “Will Forests burn in Baden-Württemberg?”, with State Forest Association (Landeswaldverband), Nature Conservation Association (NABU Baden-Württemberg) and GFMC; Bürger- und Medienzentrum des Landtags, Stuttgart, Germany.

29 August 2022
Follow-up of the First Bloemendaal Round Table on Fire Management in Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland and Adjoining Residential Areas (28 February 2022); Bloemendaal City Hall, The Netherlands.

September 2022

02 September 2022
Preview of Julian Charrière’s exhibition “Controlled Burn” in the Langen Foundation. From 4 September 2022 to 6 August 2023 Julian Charrière’s solo exhibition Controlled Burn will occupy the whole of the Tadao Ando designed Langen Foundation in Neuss, North Rhine-Westphalia, featuring 8 new commissions set within a constellation of major works from Charrière’s oeuvre, Controlled Burn represents the artist’s most extensive exhibition to date. The exhibition is supported by GFMC; Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany.

03 September 2022
Public Communication of Fire and Emissions Fact Sheet “Fire of Forest and Land Control during Heat Wave on 2022”. Webinar organized by Forest Digest and Regional Fire Management Resource Center – South East Asia (RFMRC-SEA); online and Jakarta, Indonesia.

The video stream of the webinar is available online:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpUDKmbkw_I

05-10 September 2022
Landscape Fire Management Study Tour and Training for Forestry and Fire Service Specialists of the South Caucasus, on behalf of UNDP conducted by the Regional Fire Monitoring Center of SE Europe / Caucasus and GFMC; Skopje, Berevo, Republic of North Macedonia (t.b.c.) (postponed)

06 September 2022
Monthly preparatory meeting of the International Liaison Committee (ILC) and Conference Organizing Committee for the 8th International Wildland Fire Conference (IWFC-8) in Portugal, 16-19 May 2023.

12 September 2022
Consultations on fire management on military terrain and conservation areas in East Frisia; Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Evening: 50th anniversary of commissioning Mine Hunter Coastal (MHC) FLENSBURG; Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

22 September 2022
On-site field visits and local consultations in preparation of the Beelitz Model of Integrated Fire Management for safeguarding residential areas of City of Beelitz and Fichtenwalde at the interface or located inside high-wildfire risk forests by Wildfire Protection Corridors including prescribed grazing for fuel reduction; Beelitz, Germany.

23 September 2022
Consultations with German Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) Bundestagsfraktion Bündnis 90/Die Grünen (Parliamentary Group Green Party) and the Green parliamentary group of Berlin Parliament, on future of landscape fire management and national fire management strategy for Germany; Berlin, Bundestag, Germany

From left to right: Niklas Wagener (Member, Bundestag), Johann Georg Goldammer (GFMC), Lorenz Berger (Scientfic staff, Niklas Wagner office); Sophia Vanvuegt and Maria Shamaeva, Berlin Abgeordnetenhaus (Berlin Parliament). © Photo: Niklas Wagener Office.

26 September 2022
Partner Meeting “Landscape Fire Management in the Western Balkans”, a multi-years programme on cross-boundary cooperation implemented by the Regional Fire Monitoring Center for Southeast Europe / South Caucasus (RFMC) through the Regional Executive Agency (REA) FARMAHEM, financed by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and supported by GFMC; online.

Meeting participants included representatives from SDC GPCCE, Embassy of Switzerland in North Macedonia, Country Partner Institution (CPI) in Banja Luka, Belgrade, Podgorica, Skopje, Regional Fire Monitoring Center (RFMC), Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (HAFL), Farmahem and Helvetas.

28-30 September 2022

Forest Firefighter Training Course for State Forestry Enterprises of Ukraine. Training organizers:

  • State Agency of Forest Resources of Ukraine
  • Regional East European Fire Monitoring Center
  • Ukrainian center for training, retraining and advanced training of forestry personnel Ukrcentrkadrylis
  • Educational and Scientific Institute of Forestry and Horticulture of the National University of Bioresources and Nature Management of Ukraine
  • Global Fire Monitoring Center ( GFMC ), Freiburg, Germany

Training participants: Staff of forest fire stations, senior foresters, foresters’ assistants and foresters of state forestry enterprises. In-person course with field exercise and GFMC contribution online; Ukrainian Center for Advanced Training of Forestry Personnel Ukrcentrkadrylis, Boyarka, Kyiv region, Ukraine.

October 2022

04 October 2022
Follow-up of the First Bloemendaal Round Table on Fire Management in Nationaal Park Zuid Kennemerland and Adjoining Residential Areas (28 February 2022); Bloemendaal City Hall, The Netherlands.

05 October 2022
Prime Minister of Mongolia appointing Oyunsanaa Byambasuren, the head of Regional Fire Management Resource Center – Central Asia Region (FMRC-CAR) and Co-Director of GFMC, as first Director General of the newly established National Forestry Agency of Mongolia.

11 October 2022
Monthly preparatory meeting of the International Liaison Committee (ILC) and Conference Organizing Committee for the 8th International Wildland Fire Conference (IWFC-8) in Portugal, 16-19 May 2023.

24-25 October 2022
Second Meeting of the German Natural Heritage Advisory Board “Natural Forest Development and Forest Fire Prevention in times of Climate Change” (Natürliche Waldentwicklung und Waldbrandprävention in Zeiten des Klimawandels) with GFMC contribution ”Fire Management on Terrain Contaminated by Unexploded Ordnance (UXO)”, hosted by Federal German Ministry for Food and Agriculture, German Federal Forest Service; Lueneburg, Germany and online.

GFMC Poster 1: Fire Management on Territories of German Natural Heritage: Experiences (click on image for downloading the PDF)

GFMC Poster 2: Fire Management on Territories of German Natural Heritage: Safeguarding the Future of Pure Pine Stands and the adjoining Residential Interface (click on image for downloading the PDF)

24-27 October 2022

Workshop “Develop, adopt and transfer innovative solutions and actions to prevent and control wildfires”, jointly organized by the General Directorate of Forestry Türkiye, Silva Mediterranea and FOREST EUROPE; Antalya, Türkiye.

Contributions by REEFMC, RFMC, Ukrainian partners and GFMC:

  • Johann Georg Goldammer: Cross-boundary Cooperation in Fire Management: Scaling-up from Regional to Global(PDF, 8 MB)
  • Nikola Nikolov and Cvetan Nikolovski: Regional cooperation in cross-boundary Fire Management in the Western Balkans: Retrospective and Perspectives for the way ahead
  • Sergiy Zibtsev: Building wildfire-resilient forests in Ukraine: Challenges by Climate Change, Radioactivity and Armed Conflict
  • Yana Vikhtiuk: Current Challenges for Forestry of Ukraine: Facing Reality of Wa
  • Volodymyr Braiko: From Science to Practice: Transfer of Knowledge and Technologies in Fire Management in Ukraine

Forest Europe online:

The Antalya Workshop Group – © Orman Genel Müdürlügü (OGM)

26 October 2022
German Disaster Risk Reduction Conference 2022 “Complex Crises”, with online workshop “Development of Wildfires and Countermeasures in the Context of Complex Scenarios” (in German, 12:45 – 14:15 CET). The workshop presents (inter)national examples of wild fire prevention and control from the perspectives of practice and science. Links to other areas of disaster risk management will also be highlighted. GFMC contributions:

  • Wald- und Offenlandbrände in Deutschland und Europa 2022 – eine erste Bilanz (Wildfires in Germany and Europe 2022 – A preliminary Review)
  • Vorsorge zur Vermeidung und Bewältigung komplexer Großbrandlagen in Europa: Aufbau von Kompetenzen durch multilaterale Zusammenarbeit (Preparedness towards avoiding and managing complex large wildfires: Building competencies through multilateral cooperation) (with Forest Europe Liaison Unit)
  • Workshop agenda

November 2022

03 November 2022
First of the lecture series “Forest Fires and Security” in the frame of the course “Rescue Engineering and Emergency Response” of Hamburg School for Applied Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, Simulation Lab; with first GFMC presentation on “Basics of Fire Ecology” (J.G. Goldammer); online and Hamburg, Germany. 

07 November 2022
Monthly preparatory meeting of the International Liaison Committee (ILC) and Conference Organizing Committee for the 8th International Wildland Fire Conference (IWFC-8) in Portugal, 16-19 May 2023.

12 November 2022
Launch of the monograph “Towards Fire-smart Landscapes” (Tropical Forest Issues TFI 61, edited by N. Pasiecznik and J.G. Goldammer), at COP-27, Sharm El-Sheikh, Global Landscapes Forum, Session “Fire-smart landscapes as promising approach for effective adaptation and mitigation”; 14:30-15:30 UTC+2, COP-27, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. 

Pasiecznik, N. and J.G. Goldammer (eds.). 2022. Towards Fire-smart Landscapes. Tropical Forest Issues (TFI 61), 191 p. (PDF, 15 MB)

Presentations at the session “Fire-smart landscapes as promising approach for effective adaptation and mitigation” focused on Integrated Fire Management in Ghana, Bolivia and indigenous territories of Australia and the panel discussion on fire-smart landscapes was followed by the presentation of the volume “Towards Fire-smart Landscapes”.

15 November 2022
On-site preparation of a GFMC contribution to Julian Charrière’s exhibition “Controlled Burn” in the Langen Foundation. From 4 September 2022 to 6 August 2023 Julian Charrière’s solo exhibition Controlled Burn will occupy the whole of the Tadao Ando designed Langen Foundation in Neuss, North Rhine-Westphalia, featuring 8 new commissions set within a constellation of major works from Charrière’s oeuvre, Controlled Burn represents the artist’s most extensive exhibition to date. The exhibition will include a controlled fire performance in February 2012 – conducted by GFMC; Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany.

Field preparation of the Controlled Burn performance around the museum. Photo: J. Charière

17-18 November 2022
Joint Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents and Directors of Specialised Centres, European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (Open Partial Agreement on the Prevention of, Protection Against, and Organization of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters – EUR-OPA), Council of Europe; with GFMC contribution “Project Results 2017-20 and Plans for 2021” (J.G. Goldammer); Council of Europe, Paris, France.

Permanent Correspondents and Directors of Specialised Centres, European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (Open Partial Agreement on the Prevention of, Protection Against, and Organization of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters – EUR-OPA), Council of Europe. Photo: EUR-OPA Secretariat.

26 November 2022
Annual meeting of the Liaison Territorial Military Defense Command for Freiburg City, Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald County and Regional Suedbaden Governor’s Office, with GFMC contribution on Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction and Human Security in Germany; Freiburg, Germany.

December 2022

01 December 2022
Second of the lecture series “Forest Fires and Security” in the frame of the course “Rescue Engineering and Emergency Response” of Hamburg School for Applied Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, Simulation Lab; with first GFMC presentation on “Fire management at Landscape Level: National and International” (J.G. Goldammer); online and Hamburg, Germany. 

04-07 December 2022
Cross-regional Workshop “Wildfire Management for Enhancing Climate Resilience and Security” organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA), adelphi, Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) and Regional Fire Monitoring Center (RFMC) for SE Europe / Caucasus; Skopje, North Macedonia.

07 December 2022
FOREST EUROPE Ukraine Meeting; online.

09 December 2022
Meeting with Emmendingen County administration (Fire and Rescue Service Commissioner, County Forest Office and Landscape Restoration Office), Freiburg Fire and Rescue Service and GFMC on cross-boundary cooperation in fire management between Freiburg City and Emmendingen County; GFMC.

10-20 December 2022
Field work in GFMC Prescribed Burning Operations for Restoration and Maintenance of Calluna vulgaris Dune Heath Conservation Areas on Sylt Island, and preparation of training course for leadership of fire and rescue services on Sylt Island; Wenningstedt-Braderup-Morsum, Schleswig-Holstein State, Germany.

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