GFMC Links: Latin America

GFMC Links:
South America

The following list of the most important Latin Americalinks is listed in alphabetical order.
GFMC readers are encouraged to provide update information on new links to the GFMC.

Regional | Argentina | Bolivia | Brazil | Chile | Paraguay | Peru



Regional South America Wildland Fire Network

In June 2004 representatives of South American countries met in Curitiba, Paraná, Brazil, to formally establish partnerships and a regional network to enhance international cooperation in wildland fire management. 
Network website at GFMC:


Red Latinoamericana de Teledetección e Incendios Forestales (RedLaTIF)

La Red Latinoamericana de Teledetección e Incendios Forestales (RedLaTIF) es una red regional que pretende unir esfuerzos en el campo de la observación y gestión de los incendios forestales en todos los países latinoamericanos. Esta Red está estrechamente unida al programa GOFC/GOLD-Fire (Global Observations of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics), la cual intenta contribuir en cumplir los objetivos de dicho programa.




Centro de Investigación y Extensión Forestal Andino Patagónico (CIEFAP)
The Patagonian Andes Forest Research and Extension Center CIEFAP is located in Esquel, Chubut Province. The homepage (in Spanish) introduces into the research activities. Fire research is conducted in the Thematic Area Forest Protection (Área de Protección Forestal)


Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales – CONAE
The National Commission for Space Activities (Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales – CONAE) provides regular updates on high-temperature events representing vegetation fires, current sire situation synthesis, LANDSAT images of very high quality, soil moisture and a list of detailed information of past fire events. Access to this information is facilitated in the GFMC web page “Current & Archived Significant Global Fire Events and Fire Season Summaries” (see current or archive events under “Fires in Brazil and Neighbouring Countries”.  


Forest Fires in the Bariloche Region
The website provides information in spanish on forest fires in the surroundings of the Bariloche Region.


National Fire Management Plan, Argentina
Argentina´s National Fire Management Plan (Plan Nacional de Manejo del Fuego- PNMF) is coordinated by the Secretary for Sustainable Development and Environmental Policies. In Argentina, the provinces and National Parks Administration (APN) are in charge of prevention and fighting of wildland fires in there own jurisdiction. At national level, the PNMF integrates, coordinates and supports the actions taken by the provinces, the APN and the federal government. The PNMF Website is in Spanish and provides a number of useful documents, including regional maps, statistics and legislation.


Servicio Meteorologico Nacional

The National Meteorological Service of Argentina, Argentina Air Force, provides two fire indices that are updated daily at 18:00 UTC. Access (with translation) to these products are provided by the GFMC web page “Global, Regional and National Fire Weather and Climate Forecasts”, Argentina: Combustion Risk Index and Convectivity Index




BOLFOR Sustainable Forest Management Project
BOLFOR was initiated in 1992 by the Government of Bolivia and USAID. It aims to reduce the degradation of natural resources (water, soils and forests) and to protect biodiversity in the Bolivian Llanos. BOLFOR is a cooperation partner of the GFMC and provides regular fire information.




The Fire and Environmental Applications Research (FERA) Team and several brazilian counterparts are conducting the BRASILFIRE project. The following fire management topics are covered by the project: Fire Risk Assessment; Smoke Impact Assessment and the Ecological Role of Fire.


Brazilian Agricultural and Range Research Institute (Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária -Embrapa)
The Monitoring Center (Monitoramento por Satélite of the Brazilian Agricultural and Range Research Institute (EMBRAPA) and the ECOFORCA team provide a searchable database of archived fire products on the base of NOAA AVHRR images starting 1991 (continuously updated).
Information on the prevention of agricultural fires are provided on, and on the prevention and supression of forest fires can be found on


Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais – INPE)
The Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) provides daily updated satellite imagery on fire events in Brazil. To directly view the fire products go to Near-real time observed and predicted fire risk maps are provided on This website includes maps on: mean temperatures, accumulated precipitation, lowest (minimum) relative humidity, wind, smoke and emissions, and active fires.


Colorado State University The Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Team Advanced Meteorological Satellite Demonstration and Interpretation System (RAMSDIS)
The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, CIRA was established in 1980 to increase the effectiveness of atmospheric research in areas of mutual interest between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Colorado State University and other groups. Current GOES images of Brazil Fires using an Experimental Fire Product are provided by automatic reloading every 5 minutes.


Curitiba Forest Fire Laboratory

The Forest Fire Laboratory of the Federal University of Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil, was established in 1982 and focuses on fire research in forest ecosystem and the relationships between fire, flora and fauna. Research and development also deals with forest fire prevention and methods of fire suppression.


Prevfogo, the National Forest Fire Prevention and Suppression System (Sistema Nacional de Prevenção e Combate aos Incêndios Florestais) was created in 1989 under the coordination of the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Ressources (IBAMA) (Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Renováveis) to undertake activities of prevention, monitoring, management and suppression of forest and agricultural fires in Brazil, as well as to evaluate the effects on ecosystems, public health and the atmosphere. In 2001 Prevfogo changed into a Specialized Center inside the structure of IBAMA, with technical, administrative and financial autonomy, responsible for national policies on prevention and suppression of forest fires, including activities related to educational campaigns, training, monitoring, research and management of fires .


Center for Weather Prediction and Climatic Studies (CPTEC)/National Institute for Space Research (INPE): Monitoring of Transport of Biomass Burning Emissions Over South America
The atmospheric transport of biomass burning and anthropogenic emissions over South America and Africa continents and South Atlantic Ocean is monitored by CPTEC/INPE on an operational basis. A real time operational monitoring transport system was implemented in 2003 using the on-line 3-D transport model CATT-BRAMS (Coupled Aerosol and Tracer Transport model to the Brazilian developments on the Regional AtmosphericModelling System) coupled to an emission model. Products: Carbon Monoxide.


Woods Hole Research Center
The Woods Hole Research Center located in Woodshole, Massachusetts, addresses the great issues of environment through scientific research and education and through applications of science in public affairs.The Center maintains continuing research projects in the tropical rainforest of Brazil, in the boreal forest of Siberia, a very well done section is dealing with the forest fires in Brazil. Extensive information on the fires are offered as well as a study dealing with fire risk maps, a very interesting site.


Amazonia Sem Fogo
Amazonia Sem Fogo is a technical program for farmers and municipalites about alternatives on the use of fire in the Amazon Region. Information on actual courses and modules are provided in portuguese on the website.




Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF)
The National Forest Coorporation has the mission to accomplish a sustainable use of forest ecosystems troughout Chile. It is engaged in different programmes, such as Protected Areas, Prevention and Combat of Wildland Fires, Environmental Education, Forest Legislation and Administration in general.




Cuerpo de Bomberos – Bomberos Forestales
The Voluntary Firefighting Institution of Paraguay is responsible to supress forest fires and to train firefighters to combat wildfires.




International Machu Picchu Fire Protection Project 

The International Machu Picchu Fire Protection Project is devoted to preserve the natural and archeological environment of Machu Picchu. This site had been damaged by serious wildfires in the past. The idea of the project is to generate a thought current in the global society that attends proactively in the prevention and education against forest fires in the region, to implement the Incident Command System, to integrate to different organizations, public, private, voluntary and professionals that respond to incidents, train professional teams that respond to forest incidents in the region, and develop the necessary logistics for an appropriate administration of incidents. The GFMC strongly endorses the aim of the project. The English version of the website can be accessed at:


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