Activities of the Global Wildland Fire Network in 2021


Note
: Photographic documentation of some activities is posted on the GFMC Calendar 2021 or on special web pages of the Regional Wildland Fire Networks. Thus, only a few selected illustrations are included in the summary post

26 January 2021
Online Conference of the Regional Fire Monitoring Centers / Regional Fire Management Resource Centers and Regional Network Coordinators of the Global Wildland Fire Network. Zoom meeting at local times for participants in

The conference call convened key actors of the Global Wildland Fire Network and its eight Regional Fire Monitoring Centers / Regional Fire Management Resource Centers and Regional Network Coordinators

28 January 2021
Lloyd’s Register Foundation and Gallup Policy Roundtable “Fire Risks and Safety at Work”. The online event is bringing together a select group of leaders from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other leading global organizations and will focus on identifying policies and best international practices to address the impact of fire risks at work across the world. Findings from the Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s World Risk Poll and other innovative research will act as a catalyst for the discussion.

28 January 2021
Lloyd’s Register Foundation and Gallup Policy Roundtable “Fire Risks and Safety at Work”. The online event is bringing together a select group of leaders from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other leading global organizations and will focus on identifying policies and best international practices to address the impact of fire risks at work across the world. Findings from the Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s World Risk Poll and other innovative research will act as a catalyst for the discussion.

10 February 2021
Follow-up online conference 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: Launch of the project – Phase I: 2021-2027; Skopje (North Macedonia), Bern (Switzerland) and GFMC (Germany).

12 February 2021
Online consultation with the Agency for Integrated Wildfire Management (AGIF) of Portugal; Lisbon (Portugal) and GFMC (Germany).

16 February 2021
Online consultation on 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 and GFMC.

18 February 2021
Online consultation between GFMC and the coordinator of the Regional Mesoamerica Wildland Fire Network (Costa Rica) in preparation of a Regional Mesoamerica Fire Management Resource Center.

18 February 2021
9th World Forum for Democracy “Can Democracy Save the Environment?” The World Forum for Democracy is a unique platform for political decision-makers and activists to debate solutions to key challenges for democracies worldwide. By identifying and analysing experimental initiatives and practices, the Forum highlights and encourages democracy innovations at the grassroots and their transfer on a systemic level in order to strengthen the foundations of democratic societies. The Forum thus contributes to the evolution of democracy towards more participatory and inclusive structures and institutions. The ninth Forum is responding to world events. Natural disasters have become a regular feature of our weather. Climate change has been a key factor in increasing the risk and extent of wildfires, severe rainstorms, floods and other “natural” disasters. How to reduce the negative impacts of wildfires on the environment and humanity? How to raise awareness on these issues among civil society? Those are some of the topics in the Forum Talk “The impact of climate change on natural disasters”; with GFMC contribution “Climate Change and its Serious Impacts on Increased Risk and Extent of Wildfires: Why Democracy should play an Increasing Role in Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction”; Council of Europe.

19 February 2021

In order to foster knowledge on hazards and the associated preventive measures among secondary school students, an Olympiad on Natural and Technological Hazards is organized in February 2021 under the auspices of the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) of the Council of Europe, a platform for co-operation between 25 countries of Europe and the South of the Mediterranean in the field of disaster prevention and preparedness since 1987.

10 March 2021
Online consultation on future trilateral cooperation in landscape fire management in Indonesia between France (Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires Étrangères / Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs), Germany (GFMC / BMEL / GIZ) and Indonesia (Regional Fire Management Resource Center – South East Asia [RFMRC-SEA]); Singapore, Bogor, GFMC.

23 March 2021
International Liaison Committee (ILC) and Portugal Conference Organizing Committee for the 8th International Wildland Fire Conference (IWFC-8) in Portugal 2023. Online.

29 March2021
Online consultation on future trilateral cooperation in landscape fire management in Mongolia and Indonesia between France (Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires Étrangères / Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs), Germany (GFMC) and Mongolia (Regional Fire Management Resource Center – Central Asia Region [RFMRC-CAR]); Ulaanbaatar, Beijing, GFMC.

15 April 2021
Online consultation on future trilateral cooperation in landscape fire management in Indonesia between France (Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires Étrangères / Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs), Germany (GFMC) and Indonesia (Regional Fire Management Resource Center – South East Asia [RFMRC-SEA]); Singapore, Bogor, GFMC.

21 April 2021
Online session, Research 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

Partners:

  • 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)
  • GFMC
  • 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.

26 April 2021
Introduction of WMO and GFMC contribution to the European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2021 General Assembly at the session BG1.1 “Fire in the Earth System: Interactions with Land, Atmosphere, and Society”, based he WMO Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) Report No. 235 (2018), led by GFMC “Vegetation Fire and Smoke Pollution Warning and Advisory System (VFSP-WAS): Concept Note and Expert Recommendations (WMO GAW Report No. 235” (PDF, 3.3 MB):

05 May 2021
Final online Conference of the project “Forest fires in Fennoscandia under changing climate and forest cover” (IBA Forest Fires). GFMC contribution “Changing landscape fire regimes in Eurasia and need for action” (J.G. Goldammer)

24-26 May 2021
First Spring Firefighter School NUBiP 2021 in Boyarka, Ukraine. Landscape fire management training for 32 trainees representing 14 State Forest Enterprises from Chernihiv Oblasts, Chief Foresters and Fire Management Engineers, representatives of protected areas Drevlianskii and Desniansko-Starogutskii Natural Reserves, officers of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (Chernobyl Emergency Brigade 11). Joint REEFMC and GFMC training; Boyarka Forest Experiment Station, Dzvinkove, Kyiv region, Ukraine.

28 May 2021
Consultation with Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Rapid Response Hub of Swiss Humanitarian Aid in Lima, Peru, on potential cooperation in landscape fire management in South America.

08 June 2021
All-Ukrainian Forum “Ukraine 30. Ecology” initiated by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. The forum is a discussion platform where representatives of the authorities of all levels, the expert community, civil society and the international community raise a number of issues that need to be addressed in environmental protection and preparedness to climate change. The “National Strategy for Landscape Fire Management” was presented jointly by Bohdan Borukhovsky (First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources of Ukraine), Oleh Bondarenko (Chairperson of the Committee on Environmental Policy and Nature Management), Taras Kacha (Deputy Minister for Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine), Yuriy Bolokhovets (Head of the State Agency of Forest Resources of Ukraine), Andriy Malovany (Head of the State Ecological Inspectorate) and Sergiy Zibtsev (Head of REEFMC); supported by GFMC; Kiev, Ukraine.

17 June 2021
Ministry of Environment of Ukraine opening the public consultation on the Draft State Strategy for the National Landscape Fire Management System for 2021-2035 jointly elaborated by the Ministry and GFMC:

08 July 2021
Informative meeting on initiation of the Landscape Fire Management Programme in the Western Balkans, in following-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), GFMC (Germany) and national focal points of Albania (Tirana), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo), Kosovo (Pristina), Montenegro (Podgorica), North Macedonia (Skopje), and Serbia (Belgrade)

21 July 2021
Webinar „Forest Fires in Southeast Asia: Policy and Research Development in Indonesia”, jointly organized by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), Faculty of Forestry and Environment IPB University, Bogor, Indonesia, and Regional Fire Management Resource Center – South East Asia (RFMRC-SEA); Online, 14:00-16:00 Jakarta time, Indonesia. 

20-28 July 2021
Landscape fire assessment and fire management planning mission, Abkhazia, Georgia (GFMC / UNDP); Sukhum/i, Gal/i, Gagra and Tbilisi, Georgia.

12 August 2021
International ACTO / OTCA Seminar “Integrated Fire Management: Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation and Mutual Assistance for Integrated Fire Management among ACTO / OTCA Member Countries”. GFMC contribution “Transboundary Cooperation in Landscape Fire Research and Management in the Amazon Basin: Achievements and the Way Ahead” (J.G. Goldammer); Brasilia and ACTO/OTCA Member Countries.

20 August 2021
Side event “The science and policy of wildfires in the boreal biome”, part of the International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA) conference “Changing Boreal Biome” (organized by the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section in collaboration with the Team of Specialists on Boreal Forests). With GFMC contribution “What are socio-economic and socio-ecological implications of wildfires occurring in the boreal zone, and how should they be addressed by policy?” (J.G. Goldammer); Online and UN Palais des Nations, Geneva, 

08-11 September 2021
90th Anniversary of the Russian Aerial Forest Fire Organization Avialesookhrana and 30th Anniversary of Cooperation between GFMC and Avialesookhrana. – including national competition “Best Forest Firefighter 2021 of the Russian Federation”, with GFMC contribution “Avialesookhrana and the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC): 30 Years of Cooperation in Fire Management”; Pushkino, Sofrino Village and Mogiltsy Village, Russian Federation. 

14 September 2021
Consultation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) about steps taken in cross-boundary cooperation in landscape fire management in the South Caucasus; online, Vienna and GFMC.

17 September 2021
8th International Convention of Environmental Laureates (ICEL) with Laureates Symposium (Workshops with winners of international environmental awards; exchange and discussions), Laureates Call (consultation and adoption of the convention) and Opening of the Convent; with joint contribution of the Regional Fire Monitoring Centers and Regional Wildland Fire Networks of Eastern Europe, South East Europe / Caucasus and South Asia and GFMC “Enhancing Governance in Landscape Fire Management: Challenges, Achievements and the Way Ahead” (Sergiy Zibtsev, Nikola Nikolov, Sundar P. Sharma and Johann G. Goldammer); Basel University, Basel, Switzerland.

28 September 2021
Ukraine National Exhibition “Lisdrevmash” (Forest – Timber processing – Technologies) – with the International Round Table “Current Problems of Prevention and Suppression of Forest Fires in View of Climate Change”, with GFMC contribution “Principles for coordinated Fire Management of Forests, Rural and Sub-urban Landscapes”; Kyiv, Ukraine.

29 September 2021
UNESCO Series of Webinars in September 2021 “Cambio climático y gestión integral de incendios” – Webinar 5 “¿Hacia dónde ir? Manejo integral del fuego” (Where to next: Integrated Fire Management), with GFMC opening presentation “El manejo integral del fuego – un desafío mundial para la UNESCO” (J.G. Goldammer). More information, including registration details and presentations of completed webinars:

04-06 October 2021
Second Firefighter School NUBiP Fall 2021 in Boyarka, Ukraine. Landscape fire management training for trainees representing State Forest Enterprises and the State Emergency Service of Ukraine. Joint REEFMC and GFMC training; Boyarka Forest Experiment Station, Dzvinkove, Kyiv region, Ukraine.

12-13 October 2021
International Aerial Fire Fighting Conference Europe 2021 (Chair: Johann G. Goldammer, GFMC), including GFMC contribution “Wildfire in the Cultural and Natural Landscapes of Central and Eastern Europe: Small-Sized, Long Duration & Extreme Impacts”; Tallinn, Estonia. 

20 October 2021
Vienna Dialogue on Climate and Security. Multilateral Dialogue Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), with GFMC Keynote „Wildfire Crises, Environmental and Human Security: Towards creating fire-resilient landscapes and societies?” (J.G. Goldammer); Vienna, Austria.

20 October 2021
Initiation of cooperation between the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Climate Change and Security in the South Caucasus through bilateral fire management cooperation between Armenia / Georgia and Azerbaijan / Georgia; OSCE, Vienna, Austria.

25-28 October 2021
Field excursion of Research 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 (see GFMC Calendar 21 April 2021). Field visits of the Ukrainian partners from Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC), Institute of Forestry and Landscape-Park Management, National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULESU) at the former GFMC experimental areas in Nature Reserve Heidehof-Golmberg, wilderness area fire management in Jüterbog (Stiftung Naturlandschaften Brandenburg) and Forest District Baruth / Stülpe; Jüterbog, Treuenbrietzen, Teltow-Fläming County, Germany.

04 November 2021
UNFCCC COP-26 in Glasgow, thematic Side Event “Robust Actions on Integrated Forest Fire Management: Synergizing Resources in Achieving Indonesia Forestry and Other Land Use (FOLU) Net Sink 2030” (Indonesian Pavilion), chaired by the Minister for Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia, with support of the Regional Fire Management Resource Center – South East Asia (RFMRC-SEA) and GFMC; Glasgow, UK.

08-10 November 2021
World Forum on Democracy – Can Save Democracy our Environment, Council of Europe. GFMC contribution to Lab 7 “Better together: Engaging communities for nature conservation and protection” on “The Global Wildland Fire Network: A contribution of civil society to build sustainable and fire-resilient societies and landscapes”; Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France.

19 November 2021
Initialization meeting of the WMO GAW Task Team on Biomass Burning / Vegetation Fire and Smoke Pollution Warning Advisory and Assessment System (VFSP-WAS); WMO, online.

22 November 2021
UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Flying Forest Fire Fighting Dialogue; Montreal, Canada, online.

26 November 2021 

2021 European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR-21), with a GFMC-led Side Event “Strengthening Governance in Landscape Fire and Boosting Citizen’s Awareness”; Matosinhos, Portugal, online

07 December 2021
Continuation of online conferences between the Independent Fire Management Committee and the Team of Mr. Stavros Benos, mandated by the Hellenic Government to develop a plan for post-fire reconstruction of Evia Island affected by wildfires in 2021. Participation: GFMC/Epitropi, Benos Team, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Greece; ministerial focal points of the German-Greek Assembly: Development of a plan of cooperation.

22 December 2021
Online consultation with Minister for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, Hellenic Republic, Mr. Christos Stylianides, on landscape fire management; Ministry for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection of Greece, Athens, GFMC.

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