Mediterranean Region
A Region within the Global Wildland Fire Network


In the Mediterranean Region the “Working Group on Forest Fire” of Silva Mediterranea is one of six networks within the region of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) (see also: UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire).

The objective of the Network is the promotion of forest fire prevention in the Mediterranean basin through the development of the following activities

  • Exchange of information on the national programmes of forest fire protection

  • Training and establishment of data base on forest fires

  • Documentation about preventive silviculture

  • Study of socio-economic conditions of forest fire risk

Website of the Silva Mediterranea Working Group on Forest Fires

Current Highlights

The following activities and documents are published on the Silva Mediterranea Website and mirrored here:

Workshop on Assessment of Forest Fire Risks and Innovative Strategies for Fire Prevention in Europe (Rhodes, Greece, 4-7 May 2010): The workshop was co-organized by the Greek General Directorate of Development and Protection of Forests and Natural Environment, the Department of Forests of Republic of Cyprus, the Union of South European Foresters (USSE), the Ministerial Conference of the Protection of Forests in Europe (FOREST EUROPE), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Silva Mediterranea Committee. The objectives of the workshop were to review the current national forest fire prevention systems in European Countries, to identify innovative strategies, best available practices and possible policy instruments, and to develop policy conclusions and recommendations in relation to forest fire prevention in Europe.

Historic Highlights

Short overview of activities of Silva Mediterranea published in UNECE/FAO International Forest Fire News (IFFN) in 1996:

First Workshop on Multilateral Assistance Against Forest Fires in the Mediterranean Basin (Zaragoza, Spain, 10-11 June 2003): The objectives of the workshop included to study procedures to coordinate the existing mutual agreements and common legal and logistical tools to make effective, when needed, the multilateral assistance against forest fires within the Mediterranean Basin by sharing resources. This workshop was a preliminary activity to prepare a future Mediterranean conference on Multilateral Assistance against forest fires.

Overview of related regional cooperative initiatives (2003): GFMC overview on regional initiatives in the field of transnational cooperation in fire management in the early 2000s:



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