International Conference “Forest, Fire, and Global Change” Shushenskoe, Russian Federation, 4-9 August 1996
The international conference “Forest, Fire, and Global Change” was held in Shushenskoe, at the invitation of the government of the Russian Federation from 4 to 9 August 1996, under the auspices of the UNECE/FAO/ILO Timber Committee / European Forestry Commission and its Team of Specialists on Forest Fire. Delegates from Austria, Canada, Germany, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, South Africa and United States of America attended the event. The following non-governmental organizations were represented: International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO); the International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA), Stand Replacement Working Group; and the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) Project, of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP).
The conference was addressed by the chairpersons, Mr. D.I. Odintsov, Deputy Chief of the Russian Forest Service, and Mr. J.G. Goldammer (Germany), leader of the FAO/ECE/ILO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire. Mr. Odintsov welcomed the participants on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. A. Zaverukha. The seminar was also addressed by Mr. A. Amerhanov, Deputy Minister of Environment and Nature Protection and Mr. J. Najera of the Timber Section of the UNECE Trade Division. Mr. S.A. Arichin, Deputy Governor, welcomed the participants on behalf of the Administration of the Province of Krasnoyarsk.
The leader of the ECE/FAO/ILO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire presented basic thoughts on the scope of the seminar and on global cooperation in fire research, management and policy development. He described past and ongoing activities and achievements in (a) international exchange of information, through International Forest Fire News (IFFN) and the publications produced by the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF); (b) fire research programmes, through the mechanisms of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP/IGAC) and the International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA); (c) international collection of fire data through ECE/FAO, FAO, the European Union EU and the fire science community); and (d) development of international policies and programmes, the ITTO Guidelines on Tropical Forest Fire Management and the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR). He underscored the need for further expanding international collaborative efforts in fire research, management and policy development and expressed his confidence that the results of the seminar will help to support this process.
The report of the seminar has been published by GFMC in International Forest Fire News No. 15 (September 1996) and by the UNECE/FAO/ILO Timber Committee / European Forestry Commission:
Shushenskoe airport – location of a fire management technology exhibition in conjunction with the FAO/ECE fire seminar – showing welcome greetings to the delegates – as well as downtown.
Opening Session. From left to right: Mr. J.Najera, UNECE Trade Division, Timber Section, and Co-Chairs Mr. D.I.Odintsov and Mr. J.G.Goldammer
Group photo of the conference participants
The amphibious multi-purpose aircraft and water scooper Berijev BE-12P on ground display in Shushenskoe airport (technical information on the BE-12P: see IFFN No.11, July 1994) and aerial drop during the field demonstration in Shushenskoe.
The demonstration was orchestrated by the Chief and Deputy Chief of the Krasnoyarsk Airbase of Avialesookhrana, Mr. Nikolay Kovalev (left), and Mr. Alexander Selin (lower photo, left).
The Forest Children Group presenting to the conference participants
Welcome greetings to conference co-convener Johann Georg Goldammer at Shushenskoe Airport