Activities of the Global Wildland Fire Network in 2014: Note: Photographic documentation of some activities is posted on theGFMC Calendar 2014
27-28 January 2014 22nd OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum “Responding to Environmental Challenges with a View to Promoting Cooperation and Security in the OSCE Area”, with GMFC contribution to Panel III “Improving environmental security: How can we reduce natural disaster risks? Lessons learned”; donour negotiations for the Phase III of the OSCE-ENVSEC Project “Enhancing National Capacities on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus”; the proposed project “Improving cooperation on suppression of wildland fires in the Ukrainian and Belorussian parts of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone” and “Strengthening of Fire Management Capabilities in Mongolia and Selected Central Asian Countries (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan) through the Establishment of a Regional Central Asia Fire Management Resource Center”; OSCE Headquarters, Vienna.
21-22 March 2014 National Seminar on Strengthening Fire Management in Mongolia-2014, organized by the National Coordination Committee on Forest and Steppe Fire Protection (NCCFSFP) (Secretariat: O. Byambasuren, GFMC / RCAFMRC); Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
23-25 March 2014 Fifth National Round Table on Fire Management in preparation of the National Fire Management Policy for Georgia and the implementation plan, conducted in the frame of the ENVSEC / GFMC project Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus; Tbilisi, Georgia.
3-4 April 2014 Fourth meeting of the International Working Group on Cooperation in Wildfire Preparedness and Response (IWG-CWPR) for the development of a proposal for international voluntary standards for harmonization, standardization and promotion of best-practice and for safe and efficient sharing of wildfire emergency response resources between countries for wildfire emergency analysis & assessment, wildfire emergency advisory support to nations in distress and wildfire emergency response (in following up the UNECE/FAO Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management, United Nations, Geneva, 28-29 November 2013); GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.
6-9 April 2014 Eastern European consultation on the follow-up of the UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management (UN Geneva, 28-29 November 2013) and first Eastern European Prescribed Fire Demonstration and Long-term Observation Experiment on the use of prescribed fire in wildfire hazard reduction in pine stands; Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC), National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULESU), Kyiv and Boyarska Forest Research Station, Ukraine.
09-10 June 2014 Consultation on Transboundary fire management in preparation of Mongolian-Russian Government Agreement on Transboundary fire management cooperation. National Committee on Forest and Steppe Fire Protection and Ministry of Environment and Green Development, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
18 June 2014 36th session of the FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management, with the final report of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire; United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
27 June 2014 International Workshop “Fire Management in Protected Areas and Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites”. Meeting of members, partners and observers of the Council of Europe / EUR-OPA Project Fire Management in UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites and other Protected Areas, in preparation of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014; GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.
2014 Meeting of the International Fire Aviation Working Group (IFAWG) in finalization of the International Fire Aviation Guidelines and the International Manual of Common Rules for Fire Aviation; GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.
28-29 June 2014 Joint Meetings of the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG), International Liaison Committee (ILC) and South Korea Conference Organizing Committee (SKCOC) for the 6th International Wildland Fire Conference, and the International Fire Aviation Working Group (IFAWG), In cooperation with and supported by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Forestry and Timber Section, Euro-Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA), Council of Europe, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), United Nations University (UNU), International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), U.S. Forest Service, Korea Forest Service (KFS) and Korea Forest Research Institute (KFRI); GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.
30 June 2014 Business meeting of the coordinators of the Regional Wildland Fire Networks of the Global Wildland Fire Network; Freiburg, Germany.
8 July 2014 Sixth National Round Table on Fire Management in preparation of the National Fire Management Policy for Georgia and the implementation plan, conducted in the frame of the ENVSEC / GFMC project Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus in Cooperation with the Ministry for Environment and Natural Resources Protection and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ); Tbilisi, Georgia.
7 to 31 July 2014 GFMC-GIZ Georgia Missions Integrated Fire Management I+II in the frame of the GIZ Programme “Sustainable Management of Biodiversity, South Caucasus” and in cooperation with the ENVSEC / GFMC project Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus; Dedoplistskaro municipality and Tbilisi, Georgia.
29-31 July 2014 Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics, Fire Mapping and Monitoring Implementation Team Meeting; NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction (NCWCP), College Park, Maryland, U.S.A.
24-28 August 2014 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC; Davos, Switzerland.
Session “UNISDR DRR Platforms and Networks” (Monday, 25 August 2014, 18:45-20:00, room Flüela)
Presentation of the GFMC Publication “Vegetation Fires and Global Change: Challenges for Concerted International Action: A White Paper directed to the United Nations and International Organizations” (Session TUE7.4: Book Presentations on Integrative Risk Management, Tuesday, 26 August 2014, 17:00-18:00, room “Sertig”).
Session “People-Centred Early Warning Systems” (GFMC co-chair) (Thursday, 28 August 2014, 13:30-15:00, room Flüela)
8-9 September 2014 Regional Consultation Meeting: Initiative “Environment and Security”: Perspectives of Environmental Cooperation in Eastern Europe, with participation oft he Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC), with inputs on fire management needs in contaminated forests; Minsk, Belarus.
9-12 September 2014 Concluding meeting of the 22nd OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum “Responding to Environmental Challenges with a View to Promoting Cooperation and Security in the OSCE Area”, with GMFC contributions to Session IV “A co-operative response to environmental challenges: OSCE experience and lessons learnt for the future” (with GFMC presentation “OSCE experiences in enhancing national capacities in fire management and wildfire disaster risk reduction”); and to the panel debate Session VII “The Role of the OSCE in responding to environmental challenges”; Prague, Czech Republic.
16-23 September 2014 ASEAN-Republic of Korea Forest Cooperation (AFoCo) International Thematic Workshop on Forest Disaster Management in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Way Forward in Forest Fire Management and Training Course Training of Trainers on Forest Fire Management organized by Korea Forest Service (KFS), Korea Forest Research Institute (KFRI) and GFMC, in the frame of activities of the UNISDR Pan-Asia Wildland Fire Network; Seoul, Republic of Korea.
15-17 October 2014 Regional Fire Management Training for the South Caucasus, Western Balkans and Eastern Europe / Central Asia in the frame of the OSCE/ENVSEC project Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus; Fire Management Training Center, Antalya, Turkey.
20-21 October 2014 7th International Forum Forest and Man, with contribution by GFMC “Investments in Forest Fire Protection for Safeguarding Sustainable Forest Management; Expocentre, Moscow, Krasnopresnenskaya Naberezhnaya, Russian Federation.
2-6 November 2014 GFMC-GIZ Georgia Mission Integrated Fire Management III in the frame of the GIZ Programme “Sustainable Management of Biodiversity, South Caucasus” and in cooperation with the ENVSEC / GFMC project Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus; Dedoplistskaro municipality and Tbilisi, Georgia.
18-22 November 2014 72nd session of the UNECE Committee on Forest and the Forest Industry, with final presentation of the UNECE /FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire and the progress report on the implementation of the project “UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management” (November, 2013) and presentation of the International Wildfire Preparedness Mechanism (IWPM); Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation.
25-26 November 2014 Environment and Security (ENVSEC) Initiative Partners Meeting, with OSCE/ENVSEC/GFMC project report Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus; Belgrade, Serbia.
20th session of the Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol; Lima, Peru. GFMC contribution a warning to the governments signatory states of the UNFCCC:
11-12 December 2014 Annual meeting of the Directors of the European and Mediterranean Centres of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement Meeting (EUR-OPA) (Open Partial Agreement on the Prevention of, Protection Against, and Organization of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters), Council of Europe; Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France.