Seventh International Wildland Fire Conference (IWFC-7)
Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil., 28 October – 01 November 2019
The 7th International Wildland Fire Conference (IWFC-7) “Facing Fire in a Changing World: Reducing Vulnerability of People and Landscapes by Integrated Fire Management” took place in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, between 28 October and 1 November 2019. IWFC-7 was hosted by the Government of Brazil, the State of Mato Grosso do Sul and the city of Campo Grande and organized by IBAMA and Prevfogo. The conference was attended by more than a thousand government officials, scientists, practitioners, the private sector and civil society from 37 countries, and by UN agencies and other international and regional organizations. The participants of the conference confirmed that in many regions of the world, wildfires are a growing threat to communities and to natural, cultural, rural, urban and industrial landscapes. The conference participants concluded that the paradigm of addressing the problem through individual and disconnected services and actions in fire prevention or suppression should be reframed. Unified and integral planning must ensure and strengthen societal, environmental and economic resilience to landscape fires.
Campo Grande Statement “Building Sustainable and Fire-Resilient Societies and Landscapes (English) (Portuguese) (Spanish)
IWFC-7 Side Meeting between the Regional South America Wildland Fire Network, GFMC and the Secretariat of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO)
Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, 31 October 2019
In following-up the public and political attention on use of fire in land use and land-use change (deforestation) in South America, notably in the Amazon region, the leadership of the Regional South America Wildland Fire Network, the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) (Secretariat of the Global Wildland Fire Network) and the Secretariat of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) met at the occasion of IWFC-7.
ACTO Technical Report, describing the past and envisaged future involvement and cooperation in fire management in Amazonia:
Side meeting with Lara Steil, Co-Coordinator of the Regional South America Wildland Fire Network (left), Ambassodor Carlos Lazary Texeira, Director Ejecutivo SP/ACTO, and GFMC Director Johann Georg Goldammer, discussing the future cooperation agenda.
Photo: ACTO Secretariat.
Meeting of the International Liaison Committee (ILC) and the Brazilian Conference Organizing Committee for the 7th International Wildland Fire Conference (IWFC-7)
Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, 27 October 2019
ILC members and hosts of IWFC-7 in good spirit at the eve of the conference. Photo: ILC
International Seminar on Planning and Prevention of Landscape Fires and the Role of Landscape Restoration
Santiago de Chile, Chile, 20-21 June 2019
The International Seminar on Planning and Prevention of Landscape Fires and the Role of Landscape Restoration was organized by the Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) under the Initiative 20×20, sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The seminar was supported by the GFMC opening keynote address Landscape fires in the new landscape global scenario. Vision of the Global Fire Monitoring Center“.
The Seminar Group, hosted by the Chilean Wildfire Prevention Mascot Forestín.GFMC Director Johann Georg Goldammer delivering the keynote address.Several seminar inputs were provided by video conference.Workshop organizer Patricio Sanhueza (left) and the Executive Director of CONAF, Jose Manuel Rebolledo, in discussion with the head of GFMC. Photos: Ricardo San Martin, CONAF
The Wildfire Emergency in Chile 2017: The Follow-up Process
Second Regional Symposium and Consultation on Cross-boundary Cooperation in Fire Management in South America
On 2-3 October 2017, the National Forest Corporation of Chile (Corporación Nacional Forestal – CONAF) and GFMC convened the Second Regional Symposium and Consultation on Cross-boundary Cooperation in Fire Management in South America in Viña del Mar, Chile. The consultation was supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Public Safety, and the Ministry of Agriculture of Chile, with the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). The Consultation was attended by delegates of organizations and agencies of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The participants of the consultation released the Declaración de Viña del Mar 2017 / Declaration of Viña del Mar 2017 on Cross-Boundary Cooperation in Fire Management in South America:
Country representatives from nine South American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela) agreed on the “Viña del Mar Declaration on Cross-boundary Cooperation in Fire Management”. Photo: CONAF.
The Wildfire Emergency in Chile 2017: Initiation of the Follow-up Process
The wildfire emergency in Chile in early 2017 has demonstrated need and urgency to take the next steps towards the creation of interoperability between neighboring nations for wildfire crisis management. Common standards for training and firefighting operations are essential for enhancing the preparedness for cooperative safe, effective and efficient wildfire response. The GFMC and the Chilean authorities decided to follow up the symposium held in Uruguay in 2016 and to convene a second regional event entitled Second Regional Consultation on Regional Cooperation in Cross-boundary Fire Management in South America. The consultation will be held in Chile, 2-3 October 2017.
On-site visit of regional fire management teams, reconnaissance flights of burned areas and political consultations with the Corporacion Nacional Forestal (CONAF) and other Chilean agencies (Photos: CONAF)
Regional Seminar on Integrated Fire Management in Tocantins
At this seminar, the results of the Project Cerrado Jalapao were presented, discussed and further steps agreed upon. A highlight of the seminar was opening of the Centro de Monitoramento Ambiental e Manejo do Fogo (Center for Environmental Monitoring and Fire Management); Federal University of Tocantins, Center of Environmental Monitoring and Fire Management, Gurupi, Brazil, 22-23 November 2016.
National Round Table on Fire Management in Uruguay, supported / facilitated by GFMC and the Regional South America Wildland Fire Network; Direccion Nacional de Bomberos, Montevideo, Uruguay (2 June 2016).
Participants of the First National Round Table on Fire Management at the National Directorate of the Fire Service, Montevideo, Uruguay
I Curso Internacional Gestión en Protección Contra Incendios Forestales, international course hosted in Chile and supported by the International Cooperation Agencies of AGSID (Chile) and JICA (Japan), Chile (21 March – 08 April 2016)
Seminar Fire Management in Protected Areas, hosted by the Brazilian Ministry of Environment, with GFMC contribution Fire Management on Protected Areas with particular emphasis on UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites; Training Academy of Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation / National Academy of Biodiversity (ACADEBio), Floresta Nacional de Ipanema, Iperó, State of São Paulo, Brazil. (2-5 July 2013)
Group Photo of Brazilian and International Seminar participants (4 July 2013)
International Workshop on Fire Management as a Tool for Wildfire Prevention, a collaboration activity between JICA Brasil and the National Center for Wild Fire Prevention and Combat Prevfogo, under the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Natural Renewable Resources Ibama. The workshop was supported with participation of the Global Wildland Fire Network and a GFMC presentation by the coordinator of the UNISDR Regional Subsahara Wildland Fire Network; Brasilia, Brazil (12-14 March 2012)