Context of the Armenian Version of EuroFire Materials
There is a growing understanding that the destruction and over-exploitation of natural resources and ecosystems can threaten the security of communities and nations. Competition over declining natural resources such as forests, fresh water, fisheries or fertile soils, exacerbated by climate change impacts and migratory movements of population, is a threat to stability and peace. Similarly, transboundary pollution or environmental accidents and disasters with cross-border consequences often negatively affect the relations between neighbouring states.
To assist the South Caucasus countries in enhancing their fire management capacities, the OSCE, within the framework of the ENVSEC Initiative, launched the project Enhancing national capacity on fire management and wildfire disaster risk reduction in the South Caucasus.Conducted by the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), the project aims to reduce wildfire risks in the region by improving national capacities to efficiently prevent and respond to wildfires. In the three South Caucasus countries Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia the project has strengthened the capacities in fire management through the application of the translated EuroFire materials and has conducted practical and theoretical training for firemen based on EuroFire standards on safety, fire management techniques and tactics, use of hand tools and ignition. In addition workshops for local communities have been conducted. National roundtables on fire management are permanent institutions in the three countries to develop national forest fire management policies and an implementation strategies.