Report on the FAO/ITTO International Expert Meeting on Forest Fire Management Rome, Italy, 7-9 March 2001
(IFFN No. 24 – April 2001, 78-98)
Provisional 12 Legal and Operational Checklists for Developing Forest Fire Emergency Agreements (Bilateral or Multi-lateral)
National Legislation promoting International Agreements and establishing the framework for such Agreements (This requirement may vary by country in terms of process)
An example exists between Canada and USA
An example exists between USA and Mexico
Annual Operating Plan specifying details of how to accomplish emergency assistance.
Protocols to promote technical exchanges of personnel between countries (a non-emergency assistance)
I National Legislation or Other Enabling Protocols for Establishing Contents (Elements) for Agreements:
Establish Agreements between Governments for emergency assistance if they do not exist. Determine appropriate channels for establishing Agreements. This will differ by country as how this is to be done.
Identify the Central Agency or Contact Point to coordinate the exchange of resources.
Specify Sending Party and Receiving Party.
Specify type of resources that may be sent or received.
Specify how costs will be allocated. Usually Receiving Party pays.
Specify time for reimbursements.
Specify who controls resources.
Specify how to cover losses and damages.
Specify the process for recalling resources to return them to sending party.
Specify Liability arrangements for damages (both ways). Fatal accidents, insurance, etc.
Specify qualifications of people.
Specify how to mediate disputes.
Note: Principle for success: Good will and practical solutions are essential in developing Agreements
II Checklist for Annual Operating Plan to Provide Emergency Fire Assistance (Bilaterally or Multi-laterally)
State purpose of assistance.
Detail general procedures
Who requests (how?)
Identify types of resources
Daily rate and pay
Meals and travel
Medical costs, insurance coverage
Safety, health and welfare
Who provides liaison?
Compensation claims for death and injury
Specify indemnity procedures
Equipment and supplies.
Billing and payment procedures and currencies.
Situation reporting daily.
Process for re-call of resources.
Resolution of logistical limitations and constraints.