01-22 March 2017 Kick-off of the project “Establishment of the Regional Fire Management Resource Center – South East Asia Region (RFMRC-SEA)” at the Faculty of Forestry, Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor, West Java, Indonesia. The establishment of the RFMRC-SEA will be implemented between 2017 and 2019 under the lead of the GFMC, sponsored by a grant of the Federal German Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BLEM), by decision of the German Bundestag; GFMC Freiburg, Germany and Bogor, Indonesia.
GFMC preparatory mission on the evaluation and follow-up of the wildfire emergency in Chile in February 2017, based on a decision by the Governments of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Chile, following the First Regional Symposium on Cross-Boundary Cooperation in Fire Management in South America / Primer Simposio Regional de Cooperacion en Manejo del Fuego Inter-Fronterizo en Sudamerica in May 2016; Santiago, Republic of Chile.
15-17 May 2017 Third International Workshop Challenges on Military Land Management: Complementary Aspects & Common Goals in Natural Resources Management on Military Lands, with GFMC contribution Fire Management on Military Terrain Contaminated by Unexploded Ordnance; Illmitz, Burgenland, Information Center Nationalpark Neusiedler See-Seewinkel, Austria.
23-24 May 2017 Kick-off meeting of the FIRE-IN – Fire and Rescue Innovation Network, a project conducted in the frame of the EU Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 Secured societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens (SEC-21-GM-2016-2017 – Pan-European Networks of Practitioners and other Actors in the Field of Security), with GFMC lead in WG Vegetation Fire Crisis Mitigation; Ecole Nationale Superieure des Officiers de Sapeurs-Pompiers (ENSOSP), Aix-en-Provence, France.
07 June 2017 International Seminar Exchange of Experience and Introduction of Innovative Technologies in Forest Fire Protection, organized in the frame of the 10th International Exhibition “Integrated Security 2017”, with GFMC / FMRC-CAR contribution “International Experience in Fire Management”; EMERCOM Moscow, Russian Federation.
06 July 2017 Joint consultations with the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine and the Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) in drafting the “Directions for Organizing Firefighting by Units of Public Services of the Natural Reserve Fund Protection, Operational Rescue Service of Civil Defense and Permanent Forest Users in the Natural Ecosystems of the Chernobyl Radiation-Ecological Biosphere Reserve“, to be registered with the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine; Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kyiv, Ukraine.
9-11 July 2017 National Inter-Agency Round Table on Fire Management, Republic of Indonesia and the opening of the Regional Fire Management Resource Center – Southeast Asia Region (RFMRC-SEA) in the frame of the establishment of the RFMRC-SEA sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture based on a decision of the German Bundestag, and supported / facilitated by GFMC; Jakarta, Ministry for Environment and Forestry (Manggala Wanabhakti), Indonesia.
08 August 2017
Briefing and consultation of the use of large firefighting aircraft by the European Commission, Civil Protection Mechanism, with GFMC inputs regarding the development of the International Fire Aviation Guidelines: “Towards enhancing Safety, Effectiveness, Efficiency and Interoperability of Aerial Firefighting Resources in Ground-Air and Cross-Boundary Coordination”; European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.
14-29 August 2017
GFMC fire management field assessment and community-based fire management training preparatory mission in the frame of the forest rehabilitation project of Lernen-Helfen-Leben e.V. in Democratic Republic of Congo; South Kivu Province (Regions Burhinyi, Luhwinja, Kaziba, Mushenyi and Nyangezi, D.R. Congo.
6-8 September 2017 Meetings with Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine in preparation of the National Round Table on Fire Management in the frame of the CoE/EUR-OPA / GFMC / REEFMC project “Enhancing the national interagency and international cross-boundary dialogue and inter-operability in fire management in Southeast Europe and Eastern Europe” (J.G. Goldammer); Kiev, Ukraine.
7 September 2017 Inception meeting of OSCE / GFMC / REEFMC project “Improving Radiological and Environmental Awareness in Territories affected by the Chernobyl Accident in Belarus and Ukraine with a Focus on Wildfire Management”; Kiev, Ukraine.
18-19 September 2017 Coordination meeting of the FIRE-IN – Fire and Rescue Innovation Network, a project conducted in the frame of the EU Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016-2017 Secured societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens (SEC-21-GM-2016-2017 – Pan-European Networks of Practitioners and other Actors in the Field of Security), with GFMC lead in WG Vegetation Fire Crisis Mitigation; Istituto Superiore Antincendi (ISA) (National Fire Academy of Italy), Rome, Italy.
25 September 2017 GFMC consultation with the GIZ programme Integrated Biodiversity Management in the South Caucasus (IBiS), the National Forestry Agency and the Biodiversity and Forest Policy Department and the First Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection for Environment, Ms. Eka Grigalava, concerning continuing cooperation in fire management and development of a National Fire Management Policy for Georgia (September 2017 to May 2018); Tbilisi, Georgia.
2-3 October 2017 Segundo Simposio Regional y Consulta sobre Cooperación en Manejo del Fuego Transfronterizo en Sudamérica (Second Regional Consultation on Cross-boundary Cooperation in Fire Management in South America), sponsored by GFMC and the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture; Viña del Mar, Chile.
15 October 2017 Simulation Exercise in preparation of the multinational aerial firefighting demonstration with Canadair CL-415 aircraft and crews from Croatia, France (host), Italy and Spain; Securité Civile, Nimes, France.
16-17 October 2017 Aerial Firefighting Conference Europe 2017, with GFMC contribution “Global Warming and Climate Change Research from the Air” (J.G. Goldammer); Securité Civile, Nimes, France.
18 October 2017 Interoperability Workshop held in conjunction with the Aerial Firefighting Conference Europe 2017, organized jointly by the International Fire Aviation Working Group (IFAWG) and Securité Civile. GFMC contribution: Report on the Second Regional Consultation on Transboundary Cooperation in Fire Management in South America (J.G. Goldammer); Securité Civile, Nimes, France.
16-17 October 2017 2017 OSCE Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting with GFMC / REEFMC contribution “Supporting the Implementation of OSCE Ministerial Council Decision 6/14 on Enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction: Enhancing National and Regional Capacities in Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction” (Session I: Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction and Management at all Levels), presented by S. Zibtsev, Director of REEFMC, on behalf of GFMC Director; Hofburg, Vienna, Austria.
26 October 2017 National Round Table “Fires in the Natural and Cultural Landscapes of Ukraine: Towards the Development of a National Fire Management Policy”, organized by the Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) / National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULESU), GFMC and the State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine, with participation of the Ministries of Agrarian Policy and Food, Internal Affairs and Ecology and Natural Resources, and the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, sponsored by the Council of Europe, Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) through (GFMC); Kyiv, REEFMC/NULESU, Ukraine.
27 October 2017 Regional Consultation on “Cross-Boundary Cooperation in Landscape Fire Management”, organized by the Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) / National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULESU), GFMC, with participation of State Scientific Institute of Forest, National Academy of Sciences (Belarus); Directorate of Forestry, Hungary; Forestry Research Institute, Moldova; Regional Fire Monitoring Center for Southeast Europe / Caucasus (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia); sponsored by the Council of Europe, Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) through (GFMC); Kyiv, REEFMC/NULESU, Boyarka Forest Experimental Station, Ukrainian Center of Advance Training of Forestry Professionals, Ukraine.
06-07 November 2017 Annual meeting of the Directors of the European and Mediterranean Centres and Permanent Correspondents 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 (J.G. Goldammer); Council of Europe, Paris, France.
15-16 November 2017 International conference “Protection of Human Settlements and Social Infrastructure from Wildfires”, organized by EMERCOM of Russia, with GFMC contribution on behalf of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement Meeting (EUR-OPA) “Towards Building Holistic Approaches in Landscape Fire Management in Eurasia: Experiences and Prospects”; State Fire Academy of EMERCOM of Russia, Moscow, Russian Federation.
21-23 November 2017 International Seminar “Integrated Fire Management (IFM): Results of the Cerrado Jalapão Project“ with GFMC contribution “Cross-cutting Issues in Integrated Fire Management: Commonalities and Lessons Identified at the Science-Policy Interface in South America, South East Asia and Europe – The Way Ahead”; Ministry for Environment, Brasilia, Brazil.
20 December 2017 Consultation between GFMC and the OSCE, Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, about a Regional Western Balkans Fire Management Project; OSCE Secretariat, Vienna.