Coordination of the Global Wildland Fire Network:

UN-ISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group and
Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC)


In accordance with the decision of the former Inter-Agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction (IATF/DR) of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the Global Wildland Fire Network (GWFN) and the Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG) were created in 2004 under the auspices of UNISDR.

The GWFN provides an umbrella of 14 independent Regional Wildland Fire Networks of different / individual origins and mandates. Its mission is to:

The WFAG represents an advisory body and Thematic Platform to the UN system aimed at providing technical, scientific and policy-supporting advice to the UN family through the UNISDR and the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR), and acting as a liaison between the United Nations system, the Global Wildland Fire Network and its supporting partners. The Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) is mandated to serve as convener and secretariat of the WFAG and GWFN.

 

On 3-4 December 2004 the first meeting of the WFAG and GWFN was convened at the GFMC (Freiburg, Germany).

In 2008 a Joint Meeting of the Wildland Fire Advisory Group / Global Wildland Fire Network / International Liaison Committee (ILC) and the Fire Management Actions Alliance Advisory Group was held at GFMC on 4-7 July 2008 (Freiburg, Germany)

In 2010 Joint Meetings of the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG), the Fire Aviation Working Group (FAWG), International Liaison Committee (ILC) for the 5th International Wildland Fire Conference and Fire Management Actions Alliance (FMAA) were held in cooperation with and supported by the Euro-Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA), Council of Europe, at the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC, Freiburg, Germany, 26-29 June 2010


Between 29 June to 3 July 2012 Joint Meetings of the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG), the International Fire Aviation Working Group (IFAWG), International Liaison Committee (ILC) for the 6th International Wildland Fire Conference were held at the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), Freiburg, Germany, in cooperation with and supported by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Council of Europe through its Euro-Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the United Nations University (UNU).

 

2014 Joint Meetings of the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG), International Liaison Committee (ILC) and South Korea Conference Organizing Committee (SKCOC) for the 6th International Wildland Fire Conference, and the International Fire Aviation Working Group (IFAWG), In cooperation with and supported by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Forestry and Timber Section, Euro-Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA), Council of Europe, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), United Nations University (UNU), International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), U.S. Forest Service, Korea Forest Service (KFS) and Korea Forest Research Institute (KFRI) (27-30 June 2014, GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.

 

In 2014 and 2015 UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management (28-29 November 2013 at the United Nations in Geneva) was followed up:

In 2016 the GWFN contributed to the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 with GFMC panellist and discussant inputs (Oyunsanaa Byambasuren) to Work Stream 1 "The Scientific and Technical Partnership to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework" - Working Group 2 "Regional Science and Technology Networks and Platforms" (27 January 2016), and Work Stream 4 "Leveraging Science through Capacity Development and Research" - Working Group 3 "Research Gaps" (29 January 2016); United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

 

GFMC Contact Address:

The Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC)
Fire Ecology Research Group
Max Planck Institute for Chemistry
c/o Freiburg University
Georges-Koehler-Allee 75
D - 79110 Freiburg
GERMANY

Tel:      +49-761-808011
Fax:     +49-761-808012

e-mail:           
fire@fire.uni-freiburg.de


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