International Agreements for Assistance in Wildland Fire Emergencies


International Cooperation addressing Environmental Emergencies under the auspices of UN-OCHA

In addition to the responsibilities of UN-OCHA to provide UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) capabilities, the Joint Environment Group of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is supported by the Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE).

During the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) a major initiative led by UNEP-OCHA was launched to increase international cooperation in the field of prevention, preparedness and response to environmental disasters. From the beginning wildland fire issues have been included.

The UNEP-OCHA Advisory Group on Environmental Emergencies (AGEE) at its 5th meeting in May 2003 decided to utilize the Partnership Programme to enhance international cooperation in wildland fire management.

At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development “Rio+20” the Global Wildland Fire Network became part of the initiative to create a global network of local actors for preparedness for environmental emergencies. Under the headline „Preparedness for Environmental Emergencies” the following organizations are working together:

Rio+20 Web page „Preparedness for Environmental Emergencies”:

 

International Agreements
At the FAO/ITTO International Expert Meeting on Forest Fire Management, Rome, Italy, 7-9 March 2001, it was decided to conduct a survey and evaluation of existing agreements on cooperation in fire management, including international wildland fire emergency assistance.

 

Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC)
The Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) was created in 1998 as the focal point for coordinating disaster relief efforts of the 46 Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) nations in case of natural or technological disasters within the EAPC geographical area. The GFMC is linked to EADRCC.

Evaluation of Cooperative Efforts
The following document provides a review of the Australia/New Zealand firefighting deployment to the USA in August/September 2000

Related International Events
The results of the International Wildland Fire Summit (Sydney, Australia, 8 October 2003) include international agreements / recommendations on common protocols and procedures for the international cooperation in wildland fire

GFMC Archive (outdated agreements for coordination of wildland fire emergency assistance)
This folder contains outdated agreed mechanisms for international response to wildland fire


Back