Partners and Sponsors of the GFMC

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Sciences (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V.)

The Freiburg-based Fire Ecology Research Group and the GFMC are a subdivision the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (legal and administrative host).

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Based on decisions in 2023, the GMFC is providing the basis of the Global Fire Management Hub. The transition of GFMC and the Global Wildland Fire Network and the GFMC-affiliated Regional Fire Management Resource Centers, symbolizes the cooperation, which started by GFMC’s predecessor institution – the Fire Ecology Research Group – in 1985.

UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) – the former UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)

Main link between the GFMC and the UN system. GFMC and the Global Wildland Fire Network are serving as member of the Science &Technology Partnership under the United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction (transited from the former Working Group 4 “Wildland Fire” of the former UNISDR Inter-Agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction) and Coordinator of the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group and the Global Wildland Fire Network (GWFN). The GWFN and the International Wildfire Preparedness Mechanism (IWPM) serve as Voluntary Commitment to the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

German Federal Foreign Office, Humanitarian Task Force (Auswärtiges Amt, Arbeitsstab Humanitäre Hilfe und Humanitäres Minenräumen) was the founding sponsor and partner of the GFMC.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) / United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
GFMC and UN-OCHA, Joint Environment Unit, Emergency Services Branch (Geneva), have established Joint Interface Procedures for information flow and support in wildland fire disasters. GFMC is member of the UNEP-OCHA Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE) and partner in the WSSD Type II Partnership Project Integrated Approach to Prevention, Preparedness for and Response to Environmental Emergencies in support of Sustainable Development. Since February 2005 the GFMC is member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Team. GFMC was partner in the Rio+20 initiative Preparedness for Environmental Emergencies”

United Nations University (UNU) / UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU EHS)
Between 2005 and 2014, the GFMC served as Associated Institute of UNU. The activities of the UNU-GFMC Joint Programme and continuing informally since then and are based on the scope of the UNU mandate.

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), Timber Committee
Home Organization of the ECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire and International Forest Fire News (IFFN) coordinated / edited by the GFMC (1989-2014).

Since 2007, the GFMC is serving as a Specialised Euro-Mediterranean Centre under the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) of the Council of Europe, a platform for co-operation between European and Southern Mediterranean countries in the field of major natural and technological disasters.

In preparation and following up the OSCE Ministerial Council Decision 6/2014 the GFMC is the implementation partner of the OSCE fire management programmes and projects in the South Caucasus, Central Asia and on contaminated terrain in Europe.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
GFMC Sponsor

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO and GFMC have a cooperative research and training agreement. GFMC is co-editor of the WHO Health Guidelines for Vegetation Fire Events

GFMC and Green Cross International are partners and cooperating in assisting nations and international organizations to build and enhance preparedness of local communities to prevent the occurrence of wildfires and to reduce the adverse impacts of wildfires on the environment, human livelihoods, health and security.

Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics(GOFC-GOLD) The Global Wildland Fire Network and the GOFC/GOLD Fire Monitoring and Mapping Implementation Team are working in partnership

World Conservation Union (IUCN)
GFMC sponsor

ProVention Consortium
A global coalition of international organisations, governments, the private sector, civil society organisations and academic institutions dedicated to increasing the safety of vulnerable communities and to reducing the impacts of disasters in developing countries.

Russian Aerial Forest Fire Center Avialesookhrana
GFMC and Avialesookhrana have signed a agreement on technical and scientific cooperation and personnel exchange.

Federal German Ministry for Research, Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung)
GFMC financial sponsor through the German Research Network on Natural Disasters (Deutsches Forschungsnetz Naturkatastrophen – DFNK) (up to 2003) and the German Climate Research Programme DEKLIM (up to 2005).

German Agency for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – giz)
Partner in bilateral projects in integrated fire management and fire research; GFMC sponsor

University of Freiburg (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany)
Host of the GFMC facility. The Fire Ecology Research Group is associated with the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources and cooperates in research and academic training.

International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC)
A Core Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)
The Fire Ecology Research Group served Coordinator of Activity 2.3 of IGAC Focus 2: Natural Variability and Anthropogenic Perturbations of Tropical Atmospheric Chemistry, the Biomass Burning Experiment – BIBEX (phased out).

International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA)GFMC supports coordination between the IBFRA Fire Working Group and IGBP-IGAC-BIBEX; IBFRA is co-sponsor of International Forest Fire News (IFFN)

International Union of Forestry Research Organization (IUFRO)
GFMC provides the communication and information platform of IUFRO Forest Fire Research Group (8.05) and is serving as co-chair; IUFRO is co-sponsor of FAO/UNECE International Forest Fire News (IFFN)

U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Sponsor and partner of UNECE / FAO International Forest Fire News (IFFN) until 2014

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