IUFRO Forest Fires Research Section 8.03.05

Until the early 1990s the activities of the IUFRO Unit 8.03.05 (former Subject Group S 1.09, followed by Research Group 8.05.00 and Unit 8.01.10) was restricted to co-sponsoring fire conferences. In 1994 it was intended to involve IUFRO ( more actively in fire research. It was recognized, however, that several international organizations had developed focused forest fire research programmes, such as the IGBP-IGAC-BIBEX and the IBFRA. At the IUFRO XX World Congress in Finland it was agreed to keep the group alive as a liaison node between IUFRO and the other fire research programmes. The XX World Congress (Tampere, Finland, 1995) was utilized as a forum in which boreal fire scientists evaluated the FIRESCAN Bor Forest Island Fire Experiment.

Following the evaluation of the international FIRESCAN project at the IUFRO XX World Congress the results are published in full length:

FIRESCAN Science Team. 1996. Fire in ecosystems of boreal Eurasia: The Bor Forest Island Fire Experiment, Fire Research Campaign Asia-North (FIRESCAN). In: Biomass burning and global change. Vol.II (J.S.Levine, ed.), 848-873. The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.

Goldammer, J.G. (ed.) 2013. Prescribed Burning in Russia and Neighbouring Temperate-Boreal Eurasia. A publication of the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC). Kessel Publishing House, 326 p. (ISBN 978-3-941300-71-2).

Activities of 8.03.05

The last IUFRO Group 8.03.05 meetings were held in Rogow, Poland, 1-3 June 1999 (see: Recommendations of IUFRO 8.05 and the publication of the complete proceedings of the meeting) and at the XXI World Congress, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 2000. At the XXIII IUFRO World Congress in Seoul, Korea, August 2010, the fire group organized a series of focussed oral and poster sessions.

IUFRO supported the concepts of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire and the fire science projects under the IGBP to share expertise with other regions of the world. IUFRO was a co-sponsor of UNECE/FAO International Forest Fire News (IFFN).

Recent Publication: IUFRO Occasional Paper 32 (201)

The IUFRO Occasional Paper No. 32 “Global Fire Challenges in a Warming World: Summary Note of a Global Expert Workshop on Fire and Climate Change” has been produced by IUFRO with the support of the World Bank for general information purposes only. The Program on Forests (PROFOR) housed at the World Bank and the International IUFRO jointly convened a Global Expert Workshop on Fire and Climate Change in Vienna, Austria, on 2-4 July 2018, with the aim of improving the understanding of the complex interrelations between wildfire, climate and land management and identifying urgently required response strategies and actions. The initiative aimed to inform a forthcoming World Bank policy paper on forest fire management strategies.

Current address of the IUFRO 8.03.05 unit chair

Please see the website of IUFRO Division 8:

Dr. Lucy Amissah (Mrs.)
Principal Research Scientist-Forest Ecologist
Head, Regional Western Africa Fire Management Resource Center (RWAFMRC)
Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Services Division
CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG)
P.O. Box 63, KNUST

Tel: +233-3220-60373

Fax: +233-3220-60121


History of Office Holders Chairs / Co-Chairs of IUFRO Unit 8.03.05

(Former Group “Forest Fire Control” and “Subject Group S1.09 Forest Fire Research”)

Status: 15 November 2022


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