REGIONAL NEAR EAST WILDLAND FIRE NETWORK 

A Region of the Global Wildland Fire Network

Landscape fires including large and difficult-to-control wildfires in the Near East and North Africa region are on the rise in recent years due to socio-economic and climate change. They constitute an increasing the risks for the region’s fragile natural environment and society. FAO – through the Regional Initiative on Building Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition – is promoting Integrated Fire Management (IFM), which combines science and fire management approaches with socio-economic elements at multiple levels for the planning and implementation of a balanced approach to managing fires.

Recognizing the importance of addressing the mounting risks of forest fires and in following-up the first discussions in Larnaka (Cyprus) in June 2006 and in Khartoum (Sudan) in February 2008 as well as the recommendations of FAO Member States at the 18th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO) in 2007, the establishment the Near East Network on Forest and Wildland Fires was prepared at a regional workshop in Lattakia (Syria) in November 2009). At the 19th Session of the Near East Forest and Range Commission (NEFRC) in Hammamet (Tunisia, April 2010), the FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa established the Near East Network on Wildlands Forest Fire, called NENFIRE for short. The network is a subsidiary body of the Near East Forest and Range Commission (NEFRC). 

NENFIRE is closely interacting with the Regional Mediterranean Wildland Fire Network, in which most NEFIRE Member States are involved:

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