Regional South Asia Wildland Fire Network
Regional Pan-Asia / Pacific Consultation on Building Advanced National and
Regional Capacities in Integrated
Fire Management based on Participatory Involvement of Local Communities
20-22 November 2012, Lalitpur, Nepal
Faced with increasing fire occurrence and decreasing public budgets, government departments, local organizations, and forest users must consider a range of fire management options and experiences from around the world. Increasingly the solutions to the fire problems and the persistence of them year after year is suggesting that the reaction to fires to date in many countries needs to be reviewed. An active role of communities as proactive actors in fire management – in particular those which recognize the responsibility of civil society to plan and perform fire management activities -- may avoid pitfalls and mistakes of the past. These approaches are seen as more effective, less costly, and more sustainable over the long term.
At present, some countries of the Asia-Pacific region, particularly in the developing countries, are initiating community-based approaches to wildland fire management. The “Regional Pan-Asia / Pacific Consultation on Building Advanced National and Regional Capacities in Integrated Fire Management based on Participatory Involvement of Local Communities” was held between 20 and 22 November 2012 in Lalitpur, Nepal. The objectives of the consultation included:
Outcomes of the consultation