United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

UNESCO considers the objectives of the GFMC to be in line with those of UNESCO in the field of disaster prevention and mitigation and since they tie in particularly with UNESCO’s action to promote and disseminate scientific information, knowledge and know-how with a view to reducing the negative impacts of fire.

UNESCO prepared an overview paper on its activities in the arena of forest fires at the occasion of the FAO Consultation on “Public Policies Affecting Forest Fires” (Rome, 1998): Forest Fires: Causes and Impacts, Prevention and Rehabilitation

Another major effort of  UNESCO was the organization of the International Scientific Conference “Fires in the Mediterranean Forests: Prevention – Suppression – Soil Erosion – Reforestation” (Athens, Greece, 3 – 6 February 1999). The conference report contains conclusions and recommendations adopted by the international participants.

Since 2010 GFMC is working with UNESCO in the protection of Cultural and Natural Heritage sites / properties, see:

Joint Scientific-Technical Projects
Many religious and other cultural heritage sites are embedded natural ecosystems that are subjected to wildfire risk. Within the regions of the Global Wildland Fire Network emphasis is given to support religious communities to protect temples, churches, mosques, monasteries, seminars, worship sites, including holy trees and groves. GFMC and partners have conducted studies and developed fire management plans for protecting UNESCO World Heritage Sites:

A policy paper includes examples of fire management in a UNESCO World Heritage site in Germany:

Further information of GFMC’s outreach work:

Conferences and Seminars
At the 5th International Wildland Fire Conference (Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, 12-16 October 2015) a dedicated side event of GFMC, Council of Europe, OSCE and UNESCO was held:

Between August and September 2021, capacity-building webinars addressing Climate change and fire management in UNESCO Global Geoparks and Biosphere Reserves were organized by the Latin American and Caribbean UNESCO Sites Climate, Risk, and Resilience Platform, with the support of UMGRAUEMEIO. At the Webinar on 29 September 2021 “Cambio climático y gestión integral de incendios” – Webinar 5 “¿Hacia dónde ir? Manejo integral del fuego” (Where to next: Integrated Fire Management), GFMC gave the opening presentation entitled “El manejo integral del fuego – un desafío mundial para la UNESCO”:


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