WorkshopObjective:To share knowledge and information and develop initial recommendations forcollaborative design, planning and implementation of a regional framework forcomprehensive forest fire management in the Amur-Sikhote-Alin Ecoregion (RussianFar East).
Participants:About 50 Russian and international professionals including experts in forestecology/fire behavior, forest monitoring and mapping, forest managers, federaland regional government officials and policy-makers, and representatives ofnongovernmental and community organizations and international donor agencies.
Rationale: Convened at the invitation of the Russian authorities, the workshop willserve as a knowledge sharing and discussion forum. It will draw on a broad Russian and international pool of data,expertise, and best practices to identify technical and policy options for useby regional and local researchers, managers and decision-makers as they developinnovative, state-of-the-art, practical solutions for comprehensive firemanagement in the globally important forest ecosystems of the Russian Far East.
Format: The four-day workshop will include an opening plenary session forintroductory, review and stocktaking presentations, breakout working groups forin-depth brainstorming of key topics, and final plenary presentations anddiscussion of recommendations.
The workshop will be organized aroundthree major topics; forest fire management, information and data services,institutional arrangements.
ForestFire Management Options Discussion of sustainable forest management practices in fire adaptedecosystems. Specific topics mayinclude eco-regional and landscape level planning; fuels management (includingperverse incentives for “sanitary cuts”, arson, illegal logging);silvicultural regimes; prevention infrastructure in production vs. protectedforests; ground vs. aerial suppression; communications and equipment options(heavy mechanization vs. light mobile units, light aircraft).
ForestFire Information and Data Services Discussion of ground, aerial, and satellite tools fordetecting, monitoring and mapping forest fires and forest cover. Specifictopics may include choice of platforms; data validation; storage, processing,transfer, and compatibility issues; value-added information products andservices; user needs (global science, forecasting, management planning, decisionsupport and emergency response systems, public awareness); and informationregimes (mandatory disclosure, paid access, free dissemination).
InstitutionalArrangements Discussion of institutional arrangements for effective firemanagement. Specific topics includefederal, regional, and municipal mandates; fire statistics, planning, budgetingand financing; interagency coordination and regional coordination centers; fireinsurance; regulations for direct public management vs. management by privateconcessions / leases; provisions for community participation (includingindigenous peoples); staff training programs; public awareness; and independentaccess of civil society and NGOs to data and information.
Relatedtopics that may be included in the discussions : Fundamentals of fireecology; role of fire in global and regional climate; fire history in theRussian Far East and adjacent regions; socio-economics of forest fire; typologyof national fire management systems; global forest monitoring and fire datasets;limits and opportunities in fire modeling and prediction; and internationalcooperation and emergency response systems.
Workshop Sponsored by:
Officeof the Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Far Eastern Federal District – Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation – Government of Khabarovsk Kray Government ofPrimorsky Kray – Khabarovsk Wildlife Foundation – Association of IndigenousPeoples of the Russian Far East – Russian Academy of Sciences – World Bank -Global Environment Facility – Global Observation of Forest Cover / GlobalObservation of Landcover Dynamics Program Northern Eurasia Earth SciencePartnership Initiative Global Forest Watch – Global Fire Monitoring Center(GFMC) – World Wide Fund for Nature- Joint Research Centre of the European Commission – US Agency for InternationalDevelopment – US National Aeronautics and Space Administration – US ForestService – Canadian Forest Service