Regional South America Wildland
Fire Management Network

A Region of the Global Wildland Fire Network

Primer Simposio Regional de Cooperacion

en Manejo del Fuego Inter-Fronterizo en Sudamerica

Parque Nacional Santa Teresa, Uruguay, 30 de Mayo al 02 Junio 2016

Background and Rationale

Forests and other vegetation in South America are becoming increasingly affected by climate change and socio-economic and land-use changes. One of the major problems associated with this development is the increasing vulnerability, occurrence and damages caused by wildfires. In Southern South America fires used for cleaning agricultural and pasture lands are the main causes for uncontrolled wildfires entering natural forests, industrial forest plantations and protected areas. In the recent years large fires exceeded the response capabilities of nations and prompted governments to call for assistance by neighbouring countries in order to manage the wildfire emergency situations. Such mutual international assistance is effective and efficient if participating nations are prepared by bilateral agreements, protocols and commonly exercised procedures. The South America Regional Wildland Fire Network, which is operating as one of 14 regional networks under the Global Wildland Fire Network and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), has initiated the regional dialogue and exchange of information in fire management.

It is now important to take the next steps towards the creation of interoperability between neighbouring nations for wildfire crisis management. Common standards for training and firefighting operations are essential for enhancing the preparedness for cooperative safe, effective and efficient wildfire response.

Participants and Objectives

The regional symposium, which was facilitated by the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) and sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture based on a decision of the German Bundestag, was attended by representatives of the forest services and fire services of Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay and observers from other agencies of Uruguay.

The objectives included:

Organizers: Host and Supporting Organizations

The Symposium was organized jointly by the

The Symposium was supported by the

Symposium Agenda

Symposium Recommendations


Top: Participants of the Regional Symposium
Middle: Presentations of national fire management reports (left)
Introduction by the EuroFire Standards in Spanish and Brazilian (right)
Lower: The audience and the Organizing Committee

EuroFire Materials

The brochure with the EuroFire Standards in Spanish and partially in Brazilian can be downloaded by clicking on the envelope (PDF, 5.0 MB)

Recommendation elaborated by the Symposium participants

The participants of the First Regional Symposium on Cross-Boundary Cooperation in Fire Management in South America jointly recommended:

In summary it is concluded that the symposium contributed to enhance the visibility, effectiveness and inter-operability of regional cooperation in fire management.

Presentations given at the Symposium

Country reports

International cooperation

EuroFire presentations