Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

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Food and Agriculture Organizationof the United Nations (FAO)


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. 

FAO Forest Fire Website

As part of its forestry programme, for more than 50 years FAO has provided information and technical assistance in the area of forest fire management. For general information on the global fire situation; information on FAO forest fire management activities; and information on the International Meeting on Public Policies Affecting Forest Fires (28-30 October, Rome Italy).

The regional papers and the presentations given at the are available through the FAO and UN bookshops. Bibliographical reference:
FAO (1999). Meeting on Public Policies Affecting Forest Fires, Rome, 28-30 October 1998. FAO Forestry Paper 138. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Rome, Italy.

Rome Declaration on Forestry, as adopted by the Ministerial Meeting on Forestry, FAO, 9 March 1999

The FAO convened the Ministerial Meeting on Forestry on “Sustainability Issues in Forestry, the National and International Challenges”, Rome, 8-9 March 1999. On 9 March 1999 the Forest Ministers released the “Rome Declaration on Forestry”. The statements regarding forest fires are based on the resumée “Global Action to Address Forest Fires” which was a summary of the recommendations of the Expert Meeting on Public Policies Affecting Forest Fires.

The Ministerial Meeting, among other, welcomed the

recommendations the Fourteenth Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) (Rome, 2 March 1999) and encouraged their endorsement by the FAO Council with a view to facilitating their early implementation.

FAO Global Forest Fire Assessment 1990-2000

The FAO Global Forest Fire Assessment 1990-2000 is part of the FAO Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2000,  Working Paper No. 55 and has been prepared by J.G. Goldammer (The Global Fire Monitoring Center) and Robert W. Mutch (Fire Management Applications).

The report (495 p., PDF-File, size: 6 MB) can be downloaded on the

FAO Fire Website or here on the GFMC.

FAO/ITTO International Expert Meeting on Forest Fire Management
A FAO/ITTO International Expert Meeting on Forest Fire Management was held in Rome, Italy, 7-9 March 2001. The meeting was held in follow-up to the FAO meeting on Public Policies Affecting Forest Fires, held in Rome in October 1998, which identified the need for support to the development of regional and bilateral Agreements for collaboration in forest fire management, including identification of technical and financial inputs; improved sharing of information and knowledge, and support to strengthened technical cooperation among developing countries i.a. through networking and twinning; and identification of the roles which FAO and other international organisations could play in this regard, including technical assistance, institutional support and capacity-building.
The report of the meeting has been published in the pages of International Forest Fire News (IFFN No. 24 – April 2001, p. 78-98).


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