Global Wildland Fire Network Activities 2012


Activities of the Global Wildland Fire Network in 2012:

24-26 January 2012
Conference on “Climate Change & Forest Fires in the Mediterranean Basin: Risk Reduction & Management” with opening keynote “Wildland fires in the Eastern Mediterranean & Near East from the perspective of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction“ and contribution “Regional perspectives: the role of formal and informal networks”; Nir Etzion, Israel.

1-2 February 2012
Mid-term Meeting of the ALP FFIRS – Alpine Forest Fire Warning System; Desenzano del Garda/Brescia, Italy.

12-14 March 2012
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

16 March 2012
International Conference “Vocational Education and Training in Forest Management for State Forestry Personnel”, hosted by the All-Russian Institute of Continuous Education in Forestry (ARICEF), with GFMC / UNU contribution on International Educational Projects in Forest Fire Management; Pushkino, Moscow Region, Russian Federation.

20-21 March 2012
ASEAN Technical Workshop “Peatland Fire Prediction and Early Warning System”, with GFMC co-contributions with Bambang Hero Saharjo (UNISDR Regional SE Asia Wildland Fire Network; Indonesia) and Bill de Groot (Global Wildland Fire Early Warning System); Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

27-29 March 2012
Thirty-fourth session, Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management, with Strategic Review 2013: Results of Team of Specialists Internal Evaluations; Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

2-4 April 2012
Regional Meeting of the ENVSEC Initiative in the South Caucasus, with GFMC / OSCE contribution on Phase III of the ENVSEC Initiative “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” through GFMC and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); Tbilisi, Georgia.

21 May 2012
World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe Workshop “Health aspects of wildfire smoke”, organized in collaboration with the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health (WHO-ECEH) and the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Finland, in conjunction with the 15th Meeting of the Joint Convention / WHO Task Force on Health Aspects of Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution. GFMC key inputs on “Transboundary co-operation in management of vegetation fires and fire emissions”; Bonn, UN Campus, Germany.

29 May 2012
Fourth National Round Table on Fire Management in preparation of a National Fire Management Policy for Georgia, conducted in the frame of the ENVSEC / GFMC project “Phase Two – Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus”; Tbilisi, Georgia.

30 May 2012
Workshop “Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilient and Sustainable Development” for the South Caucasus Region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia): Field day on “Progress in Capacity Building in Fire Management at Community Level” at Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park; Tbilisi, Borjomi, Georgia.

31 May 2012
UNEP – OCHA Workshop on the Framework for Environmental Emergency Response and Preparedness, with GFMC contribution on „Improving National and International Governance in Wildfire Emergency Preparedness and Response; United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

11-14 June 2012
“Nature in Defence”: Conference on “Military Use and Nature Conservation”, hosted by the German Ministry for Defense, with participation of European Union and NATO member states, with GFMC contribution “Fire ecology and fire management on active and abandoned military training ranges”; Federal Academy for Defense Administration and Technologies, Mannheim, Germany.

29 June 2012
Coordination meeting of UN agencies and programmes on inter-agency cooperation addressing global wildland fire issues (J.G. Goldammer); UNISDR and UNECE Secretariats, Palais des Nations, United Nations, Geneva.

29 June – 3 July 2012
Joint meetings of the

    • Global Wildland Fire Network / UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG)
    • International Liaison Committee (ILC) of the 6th International Wildland Fire Conference (South Korea, 2015)
  • International Fire Aviation Working Group (IFAWG)

heldat Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) (J.G. Goldammer, B. Oyunsanaa, I. Mitsopoulos, P. Sheldon, M. Kong, K. Goldammer, A. Farid); GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.


Group photo of WFAG 2012 – some attendees missing due to early departure.
(Photo: GFMC / K. Goldammer)

1-10 September 2012
“International Fire Management Week” in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russian Federation, organized by the GFMC and the Russian Federal Forest ServiceRosleskhoz and the National Aerial Forest Fire Center Avialesookhrana in the frame of the “German-Russian Forest Fire Task Force” and the UNISDR Regional Eurasia Wildland Fire Network (UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire), with (a) classroom and field training on prescribed burning for wildfire hazard reduction and conservation for practitioners, trainers and decision makers, (b) Round Table on Fire Management, Krasnoyarsk Krai”, and (c) revisit of the Bor Forest Island Fire Experiment of 1993; Krasnoyarsk, Bor Forest Island, Russian Federation.

 17 September 2012
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Economic and Environmental Activities (OCEEA) Workshop “International Response to Major Natural and Man-made Disasters: The Role of the OSCE”, with GFMC contribution “Enhancing National and Regional Capacities on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction”; Vienna, Hofburg, Austria.

 22-28 September 2012
Fire management training course, national forest fire exercise and Second National Round Table on Fire Management, for developing a National Fire Management Policy for Azerbaijan, a contribution of Phase III of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” through GFMC and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); Baku, Gabala, and field sites in Azerbaijan.

 3-12 October 2012
Joint research work and field visits on Black Carbon (BC) emissions from agricultural burning in Ukraine, an BC transport to the Arctic, in cooperation with the Institute of Forestry and Park Management, National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine and GFMC; Kiev, Ukraine.

 10-11 October 2012
International Seminar on “Forest Fire Management – Experiences and Lessons Learned”. A seminar to exchange and share knowledge and experiences regarding open land and forest fires management in the countries of the South Eastern Europe and the evaluate the 2012 fire season; organized by the Emergency Management Department, Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia, with the Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Initiative (DPPI) and the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA); with GFMC contribution through the UNISDR Regional SE Europe / Caucasus Fire Monitoring Center (RFMC), represented by Nikola Nikolov; Belgrade, Republic of Serbia.

15-16 October 2012
Conference “Our Response to Wildfire Threat – Cooperation of a better Chios”, organized under by the Maria Tsakos Foundation, sponsored by the Minister of Mercantile Marine and Island Policy of Greece, and in cooperation of the Regional Prefecture of Chios Island; with GFMC contribution “United Nations Partnerships in Strengthening the Role of Civil Society in Fire Management”, presented by J.G. Goldammer on behalf of the UN Secretary General, BAN Ki-moon, and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA); Omireion Cultural Center and Maria Tsakos Foundation, City of Chios, Chios, Greece.

 24-27 October 2012
International Fire Management Round Table, with GFMC contribution “The Krasnoyarsk 10-Point Programme on the Future of Fire Management in Russia: Recommendations by Participants of the „International Fire Management Week“ (Krasnoyarsk Krai, 2-8 September 2012)” (J.G. Goldammer), and exchange work at the All Russian Institute of Continuous Education in Forestry (ARICEF / VIPKLH) and the National Aerial Fire Management Center Avialesookhrana; Moscow / Pushkino, Russian Federation.

 9 November 2012
First Regional Workshop on the Development of “Guidelines for the Defense of Rural Populations, Settlements and other Assets Against Wildfires and Smoke Pollution for the EECCA Region”, convened by GFMC, ECFF and RFMC, funded by the Council of Europe; Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

 20-22 November 2012
Regional Pan-Asia / Pacific Consultation on Building Advanced National and Regional Capacities in Integrated Fire Management based on Participatory Involvement of Local Communities; Lalitpur, Nepal.

 3 December 2012
Second National Round Table for developing a National Fire Management Policy for Armenia, a contribution of Phase III of the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” through GFMC and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE); Yerevan, Armenia.


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