A regional consultation on Early warning systems is scheduled to take place in Antigua, Guatemala from 3-5 June 2003. The consultation is part of the preparations leading the Second International Early Warning Conference (EWCII), which will take place in Bonn, Germany, 15-19 October 2003. The objective of the regional consultations is to identify existing early warning systems, responsible persons/organizations, as well as other relevant aspects of early warning systems such as financial aspects, costs of investment, and sustainability. The regional consultation will also identify shortfalls and future needs such as data, information, knowledge, skills, and resources.
Early warning of wildland fires will be an essential theme at this consultation. The GFMC is therefore serving as a member of the Steering Committee and encourages specialists from the Americas to actively contribute.