Towards Integrated Wildland Fire Management – Outcomes of the European Project “Fire Paradox”

Internal and External Closing Meetings for Policy and Decision Makers

Freiburg, Germany, 25-26 February 2010

Regulating the wildfire problem by the wise use of fire

The social, economic and environmental consequences of current wildfire regimes in southern Europe are severe, and are likely to aggravate and geographically expand in the near future. The EU-funded project An Innovative Approach of Integrated Wildland Fire Management – Regulating the Wildfire Problem by the Wise Use of Fire: Solving the Fire Paradox (FIRE PARADOX) has developed contributions for mitigating fire impacts by creating the scientific and technical foundation for practices and policies consistent with the concept of integrated wildland fire management. For the sake of integration, coherence and completeness, FIRE PARADOX approached fire from four complementary sides, respectively: (i) prescribed burning for proactive reduction of wildfire hazard, (ii) wildfire initiation, (iii) wildfire propagation, and (iv) suppression firing (the use of fire for fighting wildfires).

The project started in March 2006 and lasted 48 months – involving 36 partners from 17 countries of four continents.

Goals of the conference and participants 

The aim of the conference was to introduce novel views on the use of fire, thus stimulating new strategies and policy actions towards integrated fire management at regional, national and European levels. This conference was targeted (but not limited) to European and national policy makers and representatives of agencies and organizations responsible for forest and land management and for fire protection. The main outcomes of the project pillars – prescribed burning, wildfire management, and fire use practices and policies in Europe – were presented and complemented by interactive demonstrations and poster sessions.

Fire Paradox partners co-organized the final meeting, which was hosted by the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) and the former Central European Regional Office (EFICENT) of the European Forest Institute (EFI), both based in Freiburg, Germany. Since the project website of Fire Paradox has expired, this GFMC post provides a few documents of the project and illustrates the final meeting.

Selected Project Materials and Outcomes

Related: Preceding Symposium, White Paper, Follow-up and Database

In January 2008, GFMC organized and hosted the “Symposium on Fire Management in Cultural and Natural Landscapes, Nature Conservation and Forestry in Temperate-Boreal Eurasia” (Freiburg, Germany, 25-27 January 2008).

One of the major outcomes of the symposium:

In 2013, the GFMC published the book volume consisting of five parts: (I) Use of Prescribed Fire in Forestry in Russia; (II) Results of the Bor Forest Island Fire Experiment, Fire Research Campaign Asia-North (FIRESCAN); (III) Forest and Steppe Fires in Mongolia; (IV) White Paper on Use of Prescribed Fire in Land Management, Nature Conservation and Forestry in Temperate-Boreal Eurasia; and (V) the Krasnoyarsk 10-Point Programme on the Future of Fire Management in Russia:

At the symposium, a database of the European Fire in Nature Conservation Network (EFNCN) was established to systematically compile and archive prescribed burning demonstration plots. This database also served the Fire Paradox project and includes a blank plot inventory form for reporting newly established observation sites:

Photo Gallery

The photo gallery includes visual impressions of the internal meetings, the closing conference and a round table for post-Fire Paradox cooperation.

Meeting of the Organizing Team at GFMC

Attendees of the internal meeting at GFMC / Freiburg University

Taking a break

The foyer of the closing meeting: The Prometheus Hall of Freiburg University

The foyer of the closing meeting: The Prometheus Hall of Freiburg University

Greetings by H.-J. Schiewer, Rector of Freiburg University

Opening remarks by J.G. Goldammer, GFMC

Opening remarks by A. Schuck, EFICENT

Kynote speaker Johan Goudsblom and Rector Schiewer

Rector Schiewer and the audience

Rector Schiewer and the audience

Round Table “Future Synergies and Cooperation” (chaired by J.G. Goldammer, GFMC). Participants: Coordinators of European fire research projects and major stakeholders 

Round Table “Future Synergies and Cooperation”

Round Table “Future Synergies and Cooperation”

Round Table “Future Synergies and Cooperation” – giving thanks and recognition to Fire Paradox Coordinator, F. Rego, Portugal (left)

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