Third International Conference on Early Warning

27-29 March 2006, Bonn, Germany

Hosted by Germany under the auspices of the United Nations, the Third International Conference on Early Warning (EWC III) will take place in Bonn, from 27 to 29 March 2006.


After the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster in December 2004 and the World Conference for Disaster Reduction in January 2005, interest has grown significantly for early warning systems of all types. The UN Secretary General has called for global warning systems covering all countries and all hazards.


Early warning and preparedness play a critical role in preventing hazardous events from turning into disasters. Clear warnings, received in time, coupled with the knowledge of how to react, make the difference between life and death, between economic survival and ruin, for individuals and communities alike.


The Conference should attract the interest of intergovernmental spheres, of practitioners and experts in disaster risk reduction and early warning, and of the scientific community. 


The Wildland Fire Community has been invited to participate at EWC III. Two project proposals for the Global Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (requested by the Hyogo Framework for Action and the UN Secretary General) have been endorsed by the UN and will be presented at EWC III. The Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) is coordinating the participation of the international wildland fire community. The contributions on wildland fire include:


Third International Conference on Early Warning

Wildland Fire Workshop

Tuesday, 28 March 2006, 13:00-14:50, Room D, Bundeshaus (Conference Site), Bonn

Final Agenda: Status 23 March 2006


Title of Presentation

Name of Presenter

or Moderator


13:00 – 13:05

Welcome and Introduction

J. Goldammer

Coordinator of Side Event and global project proposal

13:05 – 13:20

Presentation of Project Proposal

Global Early Warning System for Wildland Fire

T. Keenan

W. De Groot

G. Morgan

Key contributors to the project proposal

13:20 – 13:35

Presentation of Project Proposal

Early Alert, Monitoring and Impact Assessment Mexico / Central America

R. Ressl

Coordinator of project proposal

13:35 – 13:50

Development of the sentinel hotspots fire location system

A. Held

Invited paper

13:50 – 13:55

Satellite-remote sensing based fire danger rating system, Indonesia

O. Roswintiarti

Introduction of invited poster

13:55 – 14:00

Global Early Warning System for Wildland Fire: The links to multi-hazard approaches in EW

T. Keenan

Introduction of invited poster

14:00 – 14:05

The use of remote sensing products for early wildland fire warning and detection

T. Lynham

Introduction of invited poster

14:05 – 14:10

Presentation of the new monograph “Wildland Fire Danger” (by M.Sofronov, J.G. Goldammer, A. Volokitina and T. Sofronova) for the CIS countries (in Russian)

J. Goldammer

A Wildland Fire Early Warning Project sponsored by the German Foreign Office in 2005

14:10 – 14:15

Technical remarks

J. Goldammer

Coordinator of Side Event

14:10 – 14:50


Design, procedures and overall strategy for the Project Proposal “Development of a Global Early Warning System for Wildland Fire”


T. Keenan

W. De Groot

Key contributors to the project proposal


Please visit the GFMC Wildland Fire Early Warning Portal at:

where (at the lower section) materials are provided for download which were produced for the UN International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR) as well as the contribution to the Second International Conference on Early Warning (Bonn, October 2003).



Website of the Global Wildland Fire Early Warning System (set up post-conference):