II International Symposium on Fire Economics, Planning and Policy: A Global Vision

19-22 April, 2004, Córdoba, Spain

Theeconomic relevance of wildland fire management and protection programs is evergrowing, particularly considering mounting wildfire costs and losses globally,and the justifications required for budget allocations to management andprotection of forest ecosystems. A diversity of wildland uses is affected, fromrecreation and wildlife interests to traditional commodity outputs. To achieve abalanced distribution of budget funds according to the priorities established instrategic and economic planning processes, appropriate analytical tools andmethodologies are needed. The second Fire Economics, Planning, and Policysymposium to be held in Córdoba, Spain (2004) will build on the foundationestablished with the first symposium conducted in San Diego, California (1999).However, this second edition includes a broader scope of interests and willaddress a wider geographic area. Based in the southern Europe MediterraneanBasin the forum will provide its international audience the opportunity toexchange ideas regarding the economics of fire management, and to share thelatest in development and technologies available for optimizing fire managementexpenditures.

The symposium isorganized around eight major themes:

  • Regional and global vision of the forest fire problem 

  • Theory and methods for strategic fire planning 

  • Forest fires and sustainable forest management 

  • Public policies and forest management 

  • Trade-offs between fuels treatments and suppression activities 

  • Local, regional, and national fire management plans and related research efforts (poster session)
  • Where do we go from here? Future economic implications of forest fires (round table session)

Plenary/poster sessions will seek to: 

  • Provide a forum to discuss and demonstrate the relevance of strategic fire management planning, economics and public policies for wildland fire management from a global perspective and 
  • Share the latest in developments and technologies available for optimizing fire management expenditures. 

WhoShould Attend?

Thissymposium will be of interest to natural resource managers, wildland fireprotection managers and practitioners, public policy makers, researchers,educators, and students in fire and economic sciences.

Timeand Place of the Symposium

The symposium will be held 19–22 April 2004at the University of Córdoba, Rabanales Campus (Main Auditorium). The campus islocated on the highway from Córdoba to Alcolea (following National Highway IV).

Abstractsand Posters

The Scientific Committee solicits abstractproposals from participants interested in symposium themes. Abstracts should beno longer than 350 words and should indicate the general theme area and whetheran oral or poster presentation is proposed. The Scientific Committee will makefinal acceptance determinations of poster or oral presentations.

All abstracts, posters and final papers should be submitted through thesymposium website at:



The deadline for abstracts submission is 30 October 2003.

Sponsorshipand Coordination

USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station (USA) 

Joint Fire Sciences Program (USDA Forest Service/DOI Bureau of LandManagement, USA)

National Fire Plan (USDA Forest Service, USA) 

Spain’s Ministry of the Environment, (General Directorate for theConservation of Nature

Spanish Society of Forestry Sciences


Colorado State University, Western Forest Fire Research Center(WESTFIRE) University of Córdoba (Forestry Engineering Department,Environmental Endowed Chair-Enresa)

Collaborating Institution

Córdoba City Hall


Universityof Córdoba

EnvironmentalEndowed Chair-Enresa

Address:Campus de Rabanales. Edif. Aulario.Ctra. Madrid s/n



Tel:     +34-957 21 20 36

Fax:    +34-957 21 20 36


Symposiumwebsite addresses:








Dr. Armando González-Cabán

USDA Forest Service

Pacific Southwest Research Station

Forest Fire Laboratory

4955 Canyon Crest Drive

Riverside, CA 92507


Tel:     +1-909-680-1525

Fax :   +1-909-680-1501



In Spain

Dr.Francisco Rodríguez y Silva

EscuelaTécnica Superior de Ingenieros Agrónomos y de Montes

Departamentode Ingeniería Forestal

Universidadde Córdoba

a/MenéndezPidal s/n



Tel/Fax:           +3495-721-8393




Dr.Ricardo Vélez Muñoz (Ministerio de Medio Ambiente. DGCN)

Dr.Armando González-Cabán (USDA Forest Service. Pacific Southwest ResearchStation, Forest Fire Laboratory. Riverside, California)

Dr.Fco. Rodríguez y Silva (Universidad de Córdoba. Departamento de IngenieríaForestal)

JoséMaría Rábade Blanco (Tragsatec)

CarmenAragoneses (Tragsatec)

Dr.Philip N. Omi (Colorado State University, WesternForest Fire Research Center [WESTFIRE])


Scientific Committee

Dr.Armando González-Cabán (USDA Forest Service. Forest Fire Laboratory)

Dr.Fco. Rodríguez y Silva (University of Córdoba. Forestry Engineering Department)

Dr.José Antonio Vega Hidalgo (Xunta de Galicia. Lourizán Forestry Research Center)

Dr.Philip N. Omi (Colorado State University, WesternForest Fire Research Center [WESTFIRE])


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