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CBFiM – Introduction

Wildland fires destabilize ecosystems and the global atmosphere, and have clear implications for human health and security. Unlike other natural hazards, wildland fires are primarily caused by human activities. Measures to prevent them – such as education, awareness raising and capacity-building — are well known and within reach. Community-Based Fire Management is particularly important. The transboundary effects of wildland fires associated with long-range smoke transport and emissions are prompting the international community to strengthen cooperation in fire management. International organizations and civil society groups are working to build capacity, develop advanced technologies and promote sustainable land-use practices.

Statement by the UN Secretary General:
Opening message of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
to the 5th International Wildland Fire Conference
Delivered by J.G. Goldammer (GFMC / Global Wildland Fire Network)

Definition of Community-Based Fire Management (CBFiM)
Fire management approach based on the strategy to include local communities in the proper application of land-use fires (managed beneficial fires for controlling weeds, reducing the impact of pests and diseases, generating income from non-timber forest products, creating forage and hunting, etc.), wildfire prevention, and in preparedness and suppression of wildfires. CBFiM approaches can play a significant role in fire management, especially in most parts of the world where human-based ignitions are the primary source of wildfires that affect livelihood, health and security of people. The activities and knowledge communities generally practice are primarily those associated with prevention. They include planning and supervision of activities, joint action for prescribed fire and fire monitoring and response, applying sanctions, and providing support to individuals to enhance their fire management tasks. Communities can be an important, perhaps pivotal, component in large-scale fire suppression, but should not be expected to shoulder the entire burden. Source:

 CBFiM Paper

The following paper is an outcome of the International Wildland Fire Summit.

 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Nairobi Work Programme (2016)

Tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices, best practices and needs of local and indigenous communities and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for understanding and assessing impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change:

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