Activities of the Global Wildland Fire Network in 2020
Note: Photographic documentation of some activities is posted on the GFMC Calendar 2020 or on special web pages of the Regional Wildland Fire Networks
16-17 January 2020
GFMC / GWFN contribution to the OECD-PLACARD Workshop “Adapting to a changing climate in the management of wildfires”. The workshop aimed at identifying issues that need to be addressed to create a conducive environment for aligning wildfire actions, by public as well as private actors, and to design an effective funding architecture to boost wildfire adaptation actions, including ensuring the continued availability of financial protection against wildfire risk; to identify the added-value of international and intergovernmental cooperation on this issue, and to define priority areas where the OECD could contribute to addressing existing gaps in its work going forward. OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France
23 January 2020
Launch of a web page “Natural Hazards – Landscape Fires” as part of BeSafeNet to provide basic understanding of the fundamentals of landscape fire and how people can protect themselves and their assets from the threats of wildfires. The website is tailored for high school students (age 15-17 years):
06-07 February 2020
Regional planning workshop “Climate Change and Landscape Fire Management in the Western Balkans” conducted by the Regional Fire Monitoring Center for Southeast Europe / South Caucasus (RFMC) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), with GFMC backstopping and contribution “Climate change and landscape fire management – global and regional challenges”; Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia
20 February 2020
Meeting with the Ambassador of Greece at the Council of Europe in preparation of a High-level Consultation on Enhancing Governance in Landscape Fire Management to be held in the framework of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement and the Greek Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe; Council of Europe / Embassy of Greece, Strasbourg, France (Note: High-level consultation was cancelled due to COVID pandemic)
4-5 March 2020 Aerial Fire Fighting Conference North America 2020 (AFFNA20). With GFMC keynote address on Global Warming and Landscape Fires, in which a proposal was presented to establish a global compact for streamlining the governance of a coalition of national agencies, international organizations and the private sector with regard to interoperability, common standard operating procedures; periods and areas of asset deployment; and financial sustainability. GFMC Director presented the eulogies for the 2020 winners of the Walt Darran International Aerial Firefighting Award; Sacramento, California, U.S.A.
GFMC support to the Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) and the OSCE to address the wildfires burning in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone of Ukraine with regards to mitigating the effects of secondary radioactive pollution on Ukraine and neighbouring countries.
14 April 2020
Online meeting between the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) and the GFMC concerning futures joint approaches to enhance fire management capacities in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone of Ukraine; Vienna, Austria; Kiev, Ukraine; GFMC.
22 April 2020 Online meeting between the UNEP/OCHA Joint Environment Unit / Environmental Emergencies Center), the Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) and the GFMC, concerning assessment of the fire situation in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone of Ukraine and the smoke pollution in and around Cúcuta, Republic of Colombia, and fires burning in neighbouring territories of San Antonio and Ureña, State of Táchira, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; UN Geneva, Switzerland; Kiev, Ukraine; GFMC.
24 April 2020 Online meeting with Neusiedler See National Park (Austria) administration and Austrian scientists for evaluation the reed fires of 03-04 April 2020 and the implications for future research and fire management approaches
01 May 2020 Start of the Research and Development Cooperation Project “Transformation of Forests to Close-to-Nature Forest Management in Ukraine: Nature-based silvicultural and fire management methods for increasing the resilience of pine stands to drought and wildfire” (RESILPINE) with fire management components:
Wildfire risk reduction of pine forest by enrichment with broadleaved species
Wildfire hazard reduction of pine forest by applying nature-based integration of prescribed burning
Strategic planning and treatment of fuel breaks between forests, agricultural lands and settlements
Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung Eberswalde (HNEE) (Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development), Fachbereich für Wald und Umwelt
Ukrainian National Forestry University (Lviv, Ukraine)
Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC)
Sponsor: German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL) / German Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE). Initial project duration: May 2020 – April 2022; Eberswalde, Germany; Lviv, and Kiev, Ukraine; GFMC.
05 May and 13 May 2020
Follow-up online conferences of the regional planning workshop “Climate Change and Landscape Fire Management in the Western Balkans” conducted by the Regional Fire Monitoring Center for Southeast Europe / South Caucasus (RFMC), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and GFMC; Skopje (North Macedonia), Bern (Switzerland) and GFMC (Germany).
28 May 2020 Online closing conference of the project Network of European Hubs for Civil Protection and Crisis Management, with pilot hub Wildfire Risk Management (GFMC partner); Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and European partners.
11 June 2020 First meeting of the Working Group of the Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management and the Committee on Law Enforcement on the causes of forest fires and their prevention in the future, in the Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) of Ukraine, with WG member and participation of the head of the Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC), Sergiy V. Zibtsev, and remote presentation of GFMC; Kyiv, Ukraine.
Online panel discussion “Der EU-Zivilschutz in Zeiten zunehmender Waldbrandgefahr” (The European Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism in Times of Increasing Wildfire Risk), organized by Europe Direct Informationszentrum; Europe.
04 August 2020 While the COVID-19 crisis is continuing to impact Europe, consuming a majority of attention and resources, other disaster risks still remain. For an increasing area of Europe, weather conditions are contributing to a dangerous wildfire season, exacerbated by a changing risk landscape. The European Science and Technology Group (E-STAG) thematic paper on wildfire aims to explain some key factors of this evolution for understanding the risk, reducing it, and avoiding the serious consequences of wildfires that have heavily impacted Europe in recent years.
31 August 2020 GFMC inputs to the State of Brandenburg Round Table “Waldbrandbekämpfung auf Kampfmittelverdachtsflächen und geotechnischen Sperrflächen im Land Brandenburg“ (Forest Fire Fighting on Terrain contaminated by Unexploded Ordnance and on geotechnical Keepout Areas); Ministry for Interior and Communal Affairs, Brandenburg State, Potsdam, Germany.
03 September 2020 Initiation of the work of the „Working Group for the development of a Draft State Strategy of a National System of Landscape Fire Management“ in support of the “Joint Working Group of the Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management and the Committee on Law Enforcement on the Causes of Forest Fires and their Prevention in the Future” of the Parliament of Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada) and the Working Group “Development of State Strategy on Forest Management 2035″ of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine”.
13-October 2020 International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR 2020): IDDRR began in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. The 2019 edition continues as part of the “Sendai Seven” campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. This year will focus on Target (d) of the Sendai Framework, reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services. The GFMC addresses IDDRR the theme of wildfire prevention in the frame of the Council of Europe’s Major Hazard Agreement (EUR-OPA):
19-20 October 2020 2020 OSCE Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting (EEDIM) on “Disaster Risk Management and Prevention: Opportunities for strengthening dialogue and co-operation”. With GFMC contribution on “Perspectives on Implications of Wildfire Risk across the OSCE Area for Security and Sustainability: Opportunities for Co-operation”; Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Hofburg, Vienna, Austria.
26-27 October 2020 Final Workshop of FORCLIME II – Fire Management “Debriefing on the Results and Lessons Learned. FORCLIME works in four pilot districts in West, East and North Kalimantan as well as in the Lore Lindu region in Central Sulawesi. The Programme supports and advises the Indonesian Government in the formulation of yet missing (legal, institutional) requirements for sustainable forest management and their implementation mostly through FMUs. As part of the Programme, the German consultants ECO Consult together with its Munich-based partner RSS (Remote Sensing Solutions GmbH) and supported by the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), have assisted FORCLIME since 2017 specifically in the fields of burnt area mapping and forest and land fire prevention. The component called “FORCLIME II – Fire Management” had a duration of 28.5 months until the end of October 2020 and was implemented in the selected pilot FMU KPH Kubu Raya in West Kalimantan Province; with GFMC contribution “The global fire situation and challenges on managing fire under conditions of climate change, the increasing vulnerability of natural landscapes and society – including threats by Covid-19 pandemic”; Pontianak, Indonesia.
04 November 2020 Joint Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents and Directors of Specialised Centers, European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (Open Partial Agreement on the Prevention of, Protection Against, and Organization of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters – EUR-OPA), Council of Europe; with GFMC contribution “Project Results 2017-20 and Plans for 2021”; Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France, and Online.
05-06 November 2020 Landscape Fire Management Training for Protected Areas personnel in Mongolia in the frame of the bilateral cooperation project between the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia (MET) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) „Supporting Protected Areas for the Conservation of Ecosystem Services (SPACES)”. Online training by the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) and the Fire Management Resource Center – Central Asia Region (FMRC – CAR); Online and in the field in Ulaanbaatar / Batsumber soum, Tuv Province, Mongolia.
12 November 2020
Consultations with U.S. Army, Federal German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr), Federal German Forest Service and GFMC on fire management planning on military training ranges in Germany.
13 November 2020 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): Webinar of TWG E “Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives” with GFMC contribution on (a) Review / summary of the occurrence and problems arising from wildfires in ChEZ, including the situation in April 2020; (b) state of development in specific methods and technologies for fire management on radioactively contaminated terrain; (c) cross-boundary cooperation between Ukraine and Belarus in fire management across borders; and (d) situation in 2020: Advisory to civil society of Ukraine concerning the multiple threats by (radioactive) fire emissions and the COVID-19 pandemic
25 November 2020 Consultation to initiate the forming of the National Committee for Integral Fire Management of Ecuador (Comité Nacional de Manejo Integral del Fuego el Ecuador – CONAMIF) – a key activity of the trilateral project between Ecuador, Brazil and Costa Rica (2019-2021), with the support of GFMC “Strengthening Technical and Institutional Capacities in Ecuador in Integrated Fire Management in Conservation Areas” (Cooperación Trilateral Ecuador – Brasil – Costa Rica – Alemania: “Fortalecimiento de las Capacidades Técnicas e Institucionales en el Ecuador para el Manejo Integral del Fuego en Áreas de Conservación”); Ministerio del Ambiente y Agua del Ecuador (MAAE), GFMC, Quito (Ecuador) and Quito (Ecuador) / Online.
26-27 November 2020
First Congress on Fire Prevention and Land Management in Environments Bordering the Natura 2000 Network (I Congreso para la prevención de incendios y gestión del territorio en entornos rayanos de la Red Natura 2000), with GFMC contribution “Cross-boundary Cooperation in Landscape Fire Management: From Local to Global”; Fundación Naturaleza y Hombre, Spain and Portugal, online.
01 December 2020
National Round Table on the Future of Landscape Fire Management in Ukraine, facilitated by the Working Group for the development of a Draft State Strategy of a National System of Landscape Fire Management“ in support of the “Joint Working Group of the Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management and the Committee on Law Enforcement on the Causes of Forest Fires and their Prevention in the Future” of the Parliament of Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada) and the Working Group “Development of State Strategy on Forest Management 2035″ of the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine”, Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine”, Kyiv, Ukraine / Online.