Cooperation between GFMC and FAO (1985-2007)

The FAO programme in forestry addresses one of the most important, complex and controversial issues of modern times – how to conserve the world’s forests, while also using trees and forests to contribute to the economic, social and environmental well-being of the world’s rapidly expanding population. Through provision of a neutral forum for policy and technical dialogue; information and advice; and direct technical cooperation, FAO helps member countries to conserve trees, forests and the biological diversity they contain, and sustainably derive products and services from them. Technical advice for the protection of forest against destructive wildfires and the use of prescribed fire in forest ecosystem management and in land-use systems, particularly through community participation (Community-Based Fire Management) represent a key activity of FAO’s Forestry Department.

Development of a non-legally binding Strategy to Enhance International Cooperation in Fire Management (2005-2007)

Note: The original repository of the strategy documents at the FAO website have been subject to repeated changes (URLs expiring, no auto-forwards). Thus, the following FAO documents are mirrored by GFMC / FAO repository:

Development of an International Wildland Fire Accord (2004-2005)
Reports of Meetings

FAO/ITTO International Expert Meeting on Forest Fire Management (Rome, March 2001)

FAO Consultation on the proposed Fire Management Code (Rome, March 2006)

FAO Consultation on the proposed Fire Management Code (Madrid, May 2006)

Selected Publications
FAO / GFMC Partnership

In December 2004 FAO and the GFMC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation to

  • Improve the dissemination of information about forest fires through any appropriate means, including internet linkages, publications of relevant reports such as ‘FAO and the State of the World’s Forest (SOFO)’, and through the respective websites of the Parties
  • Develop fire management information systems
  • Develop, display and maintain wildland fire databases and country fire profiles
  • Jointly organize regional and international consultations, round tables and fire management workshops
  • Collaborate in preparing press releases or other materials for the media concerning wildland fire
  • Collaborate in Global Wildland Fire Assessments in the frame of the Global Forest Resources Assessments
  • Collaborate at UN inter-agency level to develop an international wildland fire agreement
GFMC Field Missions for FAO

In the 1980s the GFMC conducted several fire management field missions – the following reports and materials are exemplary:

Joint FAO/GFMC Conferences and Training

The following conferences and training are exemplary:

FAO / GFMC / UNU Training Course for Instructors in Community Based Forest Fire Management – Nelspruit, South Africa, 30 October-12 November 2004


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