1-23 January 2008 Preparation of reports and projects of the first half of 2008:
Symposium on Fire Management in Cultural and Natural Landscapes, Nature Conservation and Forestry in Temperate-Boreal Eurasia (GFMC, Freiburg, Germany, 25-28 January 2008)
Meeting of United Nations University (UNU) Research and Training Centres and Programmes (Directors of UNU and Associated Institutes) (UNU International Network on Water, Environment and Health, Hamilton, Canada, 21-22 April 2008)
“Breath the risk: Threat and status of pyrogenic emissions of particles on human health” (UN Headquarters, New York, U.S.A., 23 April 2008)
“Energy security: The role of vegetation fires as a substantial factor in maintaining fire-dependent ecosystems vs. the need of utilizing the biofuel energy potential for securing energy demands of a growing global population (Washington, D.C., U.S.A., 24 April 2008)
First International Central Asian Wildland Fire Joint Conference and Consultation “Wildland Fires in Natural Ecosystems of the Central Asian Region: Ecology and Management Implications Associated with the First Central Asian Forest Fire Experiment” (Ulaanbaatar, Tunkhel, Mongolia, 27-31 May 2008)
“Regional Balkan Wildland Fire Crisis Conference” (or “Summit”), tentatively under the joint auspices of UN specialized agencies and programmes (UNDP, UNEP, the Joint UNEP / OCHA Environment Unit, FAO), the European Commission, Council of Europe / EUR-OPA, ENVESC, OSCE and NATO, and facilitated by the UNISDR Global Wildland Fire Network and its regional network, the UNISDR Regional Southeast Europe / Caucasus Wildland Fire Network (tentatively Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, May 2008)
High-Level Conference on Climate Change and Bio-energy (FAO, Feb/June 2008)
ISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group / Global Wildland Fire Network / International Liaison Committee (ILC) (GFMC, Freiburg, Germany, June 2008)
7-10 January 2008 Training course on Fire Analysis and Wildland Fire Signature Prediction Methods: the Campbell Prediction System (CPS) with DGESC-GRAF in the frame of the Exchange of Experts Programme (A. Held, D. Kraus); Tivissa, Tarragona, Spain.
9 January 2008 Lecture on “Fire ecology of global forests and open landscapes” (“Grundlagen der Feuerökologie in den Wald- und Offenlandschaften der Erde” in the frame of the series of lectures “Habitats of Earth and Diversity of Organisms” (“Lebensräume der Erde und Vielfalt der Organismen”), Faculty of Biology, Freiburg University (J.G. Goldammer); Freiburg, Germany.
16 January 2008 GOFC-GOLD international telephone conference (J.G. Goldammer); AT&T.
18 January 2008 Preparatory field consultation for prescribed burning operations in “Bingenheimer Ried” Nature Reserve, State of Hesse, Germany, in cooperation with Hesse Forest Service and State and local Nature Conservation (J.G. Goldammer); Wetteraukreis, Gettenau, Germany.
The abandonment of reed management (reed harvest and utilization for construction) has resulted in the accumulation of biomass and successive degradation of waterbird habitat conditions.
25-28 January 2008 Symposium on Fire Management in Cultural and Natural Landscapes, Nature Conservation and Forestry in Temperate-Boreal Eurasia; GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.
Field demonstration at the Kaiserstuhl viticulture region, where prescribed fire is used for maintaining open grassland habitats on slopes between the viticulture sites.
31 January 2008 Defense of PhD thesis “Effects of different burning frequencies on fire behavior, nutrient dynamics, soil properties, and vegetation structure and composition in dry dipterocarp forest, Huay Kha Kheng Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand” by Mr. Kobsak Wanthongchai, Faculty for Forest and Environmental Sciences, Freiburg University, with GFMC; Freiburg Germany.
4-5 February 2008 Meeting of the Committee of Permanent Correspondents of the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) (Open Partial Agreement on the Prevention of, Protection Against, and Organisation of Relief in Major Natural and Technological Disasters), Council of Europe (J.G. Goldammer); Paris, France.
8 February 2008 Meeting of the Executive Board and Member Forum, German National Committee for Disaster Reduction within the UN-ISDR (Deutsches Komitee für Katastrophenvorsorge – DKKV) (J.G. Goldammer); Bonn, Germany.
11 February 2008 International telecom of the UNISDR Working Group “Environment” (J.G. Goldammer).
11-13 February 2008 Prescribed burning operation in Drover Heide, Germany, in the frame of the Eurasian Fire in Nature Conservation Network / FIRE PARADOX (A. Held, with René Mause, Biological Station, Düren County); Nideggen-Brück, Germany.
12-17 February 2008 Field excursion of the EU-sponsored LIFE Rohrhardsberg project, concerning the component “Prescribed fire in maintaining the landscape and ecosystem structures” to the Pyrenees (M. Spielmann); Perpignan and Pyrenees, France
15 February 2008 Handing over of prescribed burning equipment to Giessen Fire Brigade, for nature conservation burns in the nature reserve “Hohe Warte”
Successful implementation of the prescribed fire to maintain open Calamagrostis grasslands in Hohe Warte Nature Reserve, Hesse State, Germany. (18 February 2008 – Photo courtesy Thilo Kreuzer)
16-17 February 2008 Prescribed fire operation for heathland conservation in Brandenburg State, in the frame of the Eurasian Fire in Nature Conservation Network / FIRE PARADOX (with E. Brunn and G. Noack; Federal Forest Service, Spremberg, Germany); Zschorno Forest, Germany.
High-intensity prescribed fire to maintain open Calluna heathlands in Zschorno Nature Reserve by burning of decadent heath and invading pines and birches. (16 February 2008 – Photo courtesy Egbert Brunn)
19 February 2008 Prescribed burning experiments to reducing wildfire hazard (fuel accumulation) and enhancing natural regeneration in pine forests of Baden Wuerttemberg State, Forest District Staufen (J.G. Goldammer, A. Held, L. Koproski, D. Kraus, S. Sharma, M. Spielmann); Breisach Community Forest, Germany.
Preparation of prescribed fire to reduce wildfire hazard (fuel reduction burning) in a pine forest, Breisach Community Forest, Germany. After preparatory fuel measurements by GFMC staff Leticia Koproski and Sundar Sharma in 2006 Upper photo) the prescribed burns included different firing techniques and fire intensities in the understory of the pine stands.
21 February 2008 GOFC-GOLD international telephone conference (J.G. Goldammer); AT&T.
24-26 February 2008 Pianacci Prescribed Fire Project “Forest fire prevention through controlled use of Fire in Tuscany”. Initiated and conducted by GFMC / WoF Int in cooperation with Universities of Padua and Firenze as well as “La Rachetta” Volunteer Fire Service (A. Held, E. Valese); Lastra a Signa, Italy.
25 February 2008 Prescribed burning operations on the former military exercise area Muensingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg State, for maintaining open grassland habitats for endangered birdlife, with Federal German Forest Service and Muensingen Center Fire Brigade (J.G. Goldammer); Muensingen, Germany.
Handing over the drip torch to the Muensingen Fire Service – Training on UXO-cleared grasslands (with non-explosive remnants of exercise ammunition).
26 February Prescribed burning operations within the EU-sponsored LIFE Rohrhardsberg project. Testing the use of prescribed fire in maintaining the landscape and ecosystem structures in grazing systems in the Black Forest (D. Kraus, S. Sharma); Kostgfäll, Simonswald, Germany.
28 February 2008 Testing of fuel assessment methods in mountain pastures and grazing systems of the Black Forest, Germany, in the frame of the Eurasian Fire in Nature Conservation Network (EFNCN) / Fire Paradox (M. Spielmann, S. Sharma); Kostgfäll, Simonswald, Germany.
28-29 February 2008 Preparatory Expert Meeting for the FAO High-Level Conference on World Food Security and the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy (J.G. Goldammer); FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy.
3 March 2008 Nikos Alexandris, PhD candidate at the Department of Remote Sensing, Faculty of Forest Sciences, Freiburg University, is joining the GFMC team as a new staff member.
7-10 March 2008 Testing of fuel assessment methods in Drover Heide, Germany, in the frame of the Eurasian Fire in Nature Conservation Network (EFNCN) / Fire Paradox (M. Spielmann, S. Sharma, with René Mause, Biological Station, Düren County); Nideggen-Brück, Germany.
17-19 March 2008 Preparatory field work for prescribed burning operations in National Park “Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft” in the frame of the Eurasian Fire in Nature Conservation Network (EFNCN) (J.G. Goldammer); Hiddensee, Germany.
30 March – 5 April 2008 Hot Topics and Burning Issues: Fire as a Driver of System Processes Past, Present, and Future. A PhD course being organized jointly by: The C.T. de Wit Graduate School for Production Ecology and Resource Conservation (PE&RC, Wageningen University), the Global Fire Monitoring Center / Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the United Nations University (M. Spielmann, L. Koproski, A. Held, S. Sharma, J.G. Goldammer); Wageningen, Netherlands / Drover Heide, Germany.
3-5 April 2008 Kick-off meeting for the BMZ funded project “Forest Fire Management in India: Integrating Ecological and Cultural Contexts and Consequences”. The project is granted to the Institute for Silviculture, Freiburg University, CIFOR and ATREE with GFMC support (D. Kraus); Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, India.
8 April 2008 Departure to fieldwork “Community-based Fire Management in Nepal” (Sundar P. Sharma); Kathmandu, field sites, Nepal.
22 April 2008 A high-level meeting of German agencies/ministries and other entities involved in environmental emergencies on the UN OCHA Rosersberg Initiative, convened by the German Foreign Office (J.G. Goldammer); Berlin, Germany.
21-22 April 2008 Meeting of United Nations University (UNU) Research and Training Centres and Programmes (Directors of UNU and Associated Institutes) at UNU-INWEH (UNU International Network on Water, Environment and Health) (J.G. Goldammer, scheduled, probably canceled due to Rosersberg consultation in Berlin, 22 April 2008); Hamilton, Canada.
23 April 2008 GFMC / UNU presentation “Breath the risk: Threat and status of pyrogenic emissions of particles on human health” at UN Headquarters (J.G. Goldammer); UN Headquarters, New York, U.S.A.
24 April 2008 GFMC / UNU presentation “Energy security: The role of vegetation fires as a substantial factor in maintaining fire-dependent ecosystems vs. the need of utilizing the biofuel energy potential for securing energy demands of a growing global population” (J.G. Goldammer); Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
24-25 April 2008 Training on Rapid Fire Area Mapping by ECAT Tirana (Environmental Center for Administration and Technology), SNV (Netherlands Development Organization) implemented by GMFC (N. Alexandris); Tirana, Albania.
28-30 April 2008 Workshop on “Forest fire prevention opportunities in Macedonia” by SNV (Netherlands Development Organization), UNISDR Regional South-East Europe / Caucasus Wildland Fire Network and GMFC (J.G. Goldammer); Skopje, Macedonia.
28-30 April 2008 The Timber Committee Special Session on the Strategic Review and Plan of the UNECE/FAO Integrated Programme of Work on Timber and Forestry, with the participation of the team leader of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire; UN Geneva, Switzerland.
13-15 May 2008 Workshop “Forest Fires in the Mediterranean Region: Prevention and Regional Cooperation” (J.G. Goldammer); Sabaudia, Circeo, Italy.
20 May 2008 Ad hoc meeting of experts on the prevention of forest fires, Environment DG, Unit A3 – Civil Protection (J.G. Goldammer); European Commission, Brussels, Belgium.
23 May 2008 Work visit by Projeto de Proteção à Mata Atlãntica, Rio de Janeiro (Mr. Thomas Wittur, GITEC); GFMC
26 May 2008 Stakeholder meeting on forest fires in Albania by SNV (Netherlands Development Organization) and GMFC (J.G. Goldammer); Tirana, Albania.
28 May 2008 Coordination meeting between the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (Bundesanstalt Technisches Hilfswerk) and GFMC (J.G. Goldammer); Berlin, Germany.
30 May – 9 June 2008 First International Central Asian Wildland Fire Joint Conference and Consultation “Wildland Fires in Natural Ecosystems of the Central Asian Region: Ecology and Management Implications”, associated with the First Central Asian Forest Fire Experiment” (J.G. Goldammer); Ulaanbaatar, Tunkhel, Mongolia.
23-25 June 2008 Workshop “Offenlandmanagement ausserhalb landwirtschaftlicher Nutzflächen” (Management of open landscape outside agricultural land-use areas), organized by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (J.G. Goldammer); International Nature Conservation Academy, Vilm Island, Germany.
GFMC and partners (Kerstin Friedel, Nature Conservation Office, Teltow-Fläming County, Brandenburg State; Egbert Brunn, German Federal Forest Service, Brandenburg State; René Mause, Biological Station Dueren) represented at the Vilm Workshop.
1 July 2008 Temporary GFMC staff member, Ms. Michaela Spielmann, resuming work for FIRE PARADOX (1 July – 31 August 2008); GFMC.
3-6 July 2008 Joint Meeting of the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group / Global Wildland Fire Network / International Liaison Committee (ILC) (all GFMC staff); GFMC.
15 July 2008 Work visit of Prof. Dr. Carlos Antonio Batista, Fire Laboratory, Forestry Department, Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.
21-25 July 2008 Summer Course “Incendios Forestales: ¿Una Catástrofe Estival Inevitable?”. Presentation Cooperación internacional en la defensa contra incendios forestales by J.G. Goldammer (22 July 2008). Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.
Course organizer Cristina Montiel (Spain; left) with speakers Francisco Rego (Portugal; center) and Johann G. Goldammer (GFMC; right)
23 July 2008 Meeting with Frankfurt Fire Service and the German Fire Services Association (Deutscher Feuwerwehrverband) on collaboration on capacity building in wildland fire management in Germany (J.G. Goldammer, D. Kraus, A. Held); Frankfurt, Germany.
24 July 2008 GOFC-GOLD international telephone conference (J.G. Goldammer); AT&T.
29 July 2008 Evaluation meeting of prescribed burning operations in Muensingen (cf.25 February 2008) and other military sites within the responsibility of the German Federal Forest Service (J.G. Goldammer); Muensingen, Germany.
On-site assessment of the use of prescribed fire in Eichhalde Nature Reserve (J.G. Goldammer); Bissingen/Teck, Germany.
Locally designed prescribed fire trailer for the disposal of slash and other debris after mechanical treatment to maintain open habitats Eichhalde Nature Reserve, Swabia, Germany.
1-15 August 2008 Training exchange for fire professionals in the frame of Module 10, Fire Paradox, to UT GRAF (A. Held, D. Kraus with M. Müller, T. Kreuzer); Catalonia, Spain.
4-5 August 2008 Consultation andon-site assessment of the use of prescribed fire in Mehlinger Heide Nature Reserve, Federal German Forest Service (J.G. Goldammer); Mehlingen, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
Military activities, including regular fires caused by shooting, have created conditions for the formation and survival of continental Calluna vulgaris heath in Mehlinger Heide. Abandonment of military use has resulted in succession (birch, pine), leading to forest formation and loss of open habitats for endangered species. Prescribed burning operations are now planned for 2008-2009.
25 August – 1 September 2008 Fire assessment mission to Macedonia and Kosovo (J.G. Goldammer); Skopje / Pristina and hinterlands, Macedonia / Kosovo.
3-5 September 2008 Fieldwork for the Analysis of Large Past Fires in the frame of Module 8 of Fire Paradox (A. Held, D. Kraus, T. Kreuzer); Jüterbog, Germany
6-11 September 2008 Follow-up of the First International Central Asian Wildland Fire Joint Conference and Consultation “Wildland Fires in Natural Ecosystems of the Central Asian Region: Ecology and Management Implications”, associated with the First Central Asian Forest Fire Experiment (J.G. Goldammer); Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Round Table discussion in preparation of the establishment of a National Inter-Agency Fire Management Council
12 September 2008 50th Anniversary of the foundation of the Mongolian State University of Agriculture, with the participation of GFMC (J.G. Goldammer); Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
13 September 2008 Information event of Muellheim Fire Service “Forest Fire Danger in the Black Forest”, with GFMC presentations “Entwicklung von Verfahren des Feuer-Managements, einschließlich der Verhütung und Bekämpfung von Waldbränden in Baden-Württemberg: Aus der Arbeit der Freiburger Arbeitsgruppe Feuerökologie und des Global Fire Monitoring Center” (J.G. Goldammer), Innovative Verfahren und Taktiken in der Waldbrandbekämpfung: Beispiele aus der Praxis (D. Kraus) and “Waldbrandbekämpfung aus der Luft: Einsatzgrundsätze und Erfahrungen” (A. Held); Bürgerhaus Müllheim, Germany.
15-27 September 2008 Outreach work by Working on Fire (WoF) International: Development of the national fire management policy in Botswana and participation at the 7thSAFNET WORKSHOP (22-26 September 2008) (A. Held), Caprivi, Katima Mulilo, Namibia.
16 September 2008 Information Day by the Civil Protection Unit of the European Commission, DG Environment, on Pilot Projects to step up cooperation between Member states on combating forest fires (D. Kraus); Brussels, Belgium.
17 September 2008 All-Russian Conference devoted to the 100th Anniversary of Professor Nikolay Petrivich Kurbatsky “Fire In Forest Ecosystems of Siberia”, with GFMC contribution “The Eurasian Fire in Nature Conservation Network (EFNCN): Advances in the Use of Prescribed Fire in Nature Conservation, Landscape Management, Forestry and Carbon Management in Temperate-Boreal Europe and Adjoining Countries in Southeast Europe, Caucasus, Central Asia, and Northeast Asia (J.G. Goldammer); V.N. Sukachev Institute of Forest, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
18 September 2008 29th German Nature Conservation Day 2008 “Stimmt das Klima? Naturschutz im Umbruch” (Climate Change – Nature Conservation in Transition) with GFMC presentation “The role of fire in Central European Ecosystems – marginal effects, essential factor or management option?” (D. Kraus); Karlsruhe, Germany.
18-21 September 2008 Revisit of the Bor Forest island Fire Experiment of 1993 (J.G. Goldammer); Krasnoyarsk, Yenisseisk, Bor, Russian Federation.
Aerial View of Bor Forest Island – 15 years after the fire experiment
29 September – 5 October 2008 Joint OSCE / UN mission to assess the fire damages in Georgia resulting from the armed conflict between Georgia and Russia in August 2008 (J.G. Goldammer); Tbilisi, Borjomi, Gori, South Ossetia, Georgia.
5-11 October 2008 Workshop on fire detection and assessment of fire use patterns through the Multidisciplinary Landscape Assessment (MLA) with training field exercise (D. Kraus); Madanapalle, Andra Pradesh, India.
6 October 2008 National Round Table “Reduce Risk of Disaster from Catastrophic Wildfires in the Chernobyl Irradiated Forests” hosted by the Ukrainian Ministry for Emergency Situations with the National Agricultural University of Ukraine (NAUU), supported by the GFMC (J.G. Goldammer); Kyiv, Ukraine.
6-7 November 2008 International Conference “Climate Change as a Security Threat – Strategies for Policy-Makers, Science and Business”, organized by the German Federal Foreign Office, with GFMC exhibition on “Wildland Fires and Human Security” (J.G. Goldammer, GFMC staff); Freiburg, Germany.
13-14 November 2008 Preparatory meeting at NaturSchutzFonds Brandenburg for the development of a project for prescribed burning inHeidehof-Golmberg andJägersberg-Schirknitzberg Nature Reserves in the frame of an overall management concept on UXO-contaminated terrain (J.G. Goldammer); Potsdam, Germany.
13-14 / 20 November 2008 Annual course “Fire Ecology in Ecosystems of the Tropics and Subtropics”, Faculty for Forest and Environmental Sciences, Freiburg University (Germany), given by GFMC staff (J.G. Goldammer, D. Kraus, S. Maisch); Freiburg University, Germany.
17-20 November 2008 International Conference on “Tropical Forestry Change in a Changing World” (FORTROP II), with GFMC presentation “Fire management in South Asia’s dry forests: Colonial approaches, current problems and perspectives” by Johann Georg Goldammer and Kobsak Wanthongchai (presenter); Kasetsart University Bangkok, Thailand.
22 November 2008 Prescribed burning demonstration in the viticulture region of Kaiserstuhl (D. Kraus, A. Held); GFMC.
27 November 2008 Ceremony of the award “El batefuegos de oro” (The Golden Swatter). The international category (Premio a la mejor labor en el marco internacional) will be awarded to the GFMC; Santander, Spain.
4-6 December 2008 Regional meeting of the UNISDR Regional SE Europe / Caucasus Wildland Fire Network for wrapping up the 2007-2008 fire seasons and preparation of the 2009 “Regional Training Course: Fire Management on Terrain contaminated by Unexploded Objects (UXO), Land Mines and Radioactivity” (J.G. Goldammer); Skopje, Macedonia.
12 December 2008 Annual course “Natural Hazards – Wildland Fire Hazards”, Faculty for Forest and Environmental Sciences, Freiburg University (Germany), given by GFMC staff (J.G. Goldammer); Freiburg University, Germany.
16 December 2008 Meeting of the Heidelberg Society for Geography with GFMC presentation “Feuerökologie in Wäldern und offenen Landschaften” (Fire Ecology of Forests and Open Landscapes) by J.G. Goldammer; Heidelberg, Germany.