Hosted by Germany under theauspices of the United Nations, the Third International Conference on EarlyWarning (EWC III) will take place in Bonn, from 27 to 29 March 2006.
After the Indian Ocean tsunamidisaster in December 2004 and the World Conference for Disaster Reduction inJanuary 2005, interest has grown significantly for early warning systems of alltypes. The UN Secretary General has called for global warning systems coveringall countries and all hazards.
Early warning and preparednessplay a critical role in preventing hazardous events from turning into disasters.Clear warnings, received in time, coupled with the knowledge of how to react,make the difference between life and death, between economic survival and ruin,for individuals and communities alike.
The Conference should attractthe interest of intergovernmental spheres, of practitioners and experts indisaster risk reduction and early warning, and of the scientific community.
The Wildland Fire Communityhas been invited to participate at EWC III. Two project proposals for the GlobalMulti-Hazard Early Warning System (requested by the Hyogo Framework for Actionand the UN Secretary General) have been endorsed by the UN and will be presentedat EWC III. The Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) is coordinating theparticipation of the international wildland fire community. The contributions onwildland fire include:
where (at the lower section)materials are provided for download which were produced for the UN InternationalDecade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) as well as the contribution to theSecond International Conference on Early Warning (Bonn, October 2003).