The protection of the world's environment cannot be effective without
national and international fire management policies for natural, semi-natural
and cultural landscapes and ecosystems that constitute an essential part of
the habitable land and the functioning of the global system. National and
international policies must be designed to meet both the specific local and
the common global threats from wildfires and excessive application of fire in
land-use change. These policies must be developed cooperatively with all the
stakeholders involved in the protection of the environment and humanity.
A series of International Wildland Fire Conferences was initiated in the late
1980s aimed at bringing together both the technical members of the fire
community and the authorities concerned with policy and national practices in
wildland fire management to realise their common interests of wildland fire
risk management and disaster reduction at local, national, regional and global
During the International Wildland Fire
Summit, held in Sydney, Australia, on 8 October 2003, the
invitation presented by the representatives of Spain to organize and host the 4th
International Wildland Fire Conference in 2007, was accepted.
The first general announcement of the Conference was presented at the 17th
Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry, Rome, 15 March 2005, and at the 5th
Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests, New York, 18 May 2005. The
Inter-Agency Task Force for Disaster Reduction of the United Nations
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) at its 12th Session (22
November 2005) welcomed the proposal that the 4th International Wildland Fire
Conference be held in Spain in 2007 under the auspices of ISDR and FAO.
conference was held in Sevilla, 13 to 17 May 2007, and was attended by 1531
participants from 88 countries.
Building on the objectives and outputs of the previous International
Wildland Fire Conferences (Boston 1989, Vancouver 1997, Sydney 2003), the
objectives of the 4th Conference was to:
Provide a forum for forest fire management leaders,
politicians, professionals, researchers and practitioners from throughout the
globe to discuss and work on critical fire issues affecting people,
communities, resources and ecosystems in all Regions and work on a cooperative
way in the consolidation of a Global Wildland Fire Management Strategy.
Strengthen the effectiveness of the Regional Wildland
Fire Networks and support their links into the UNISDR Global Wildland Fire
Provide a forum for the fire management industry,
research organizations and fire specialists to display innovations, new
technologies, products and methods for wildland fire management and interact
with the Conference participants.
Announcement and Websites
conference was announced on the following websites:
oral and poster contributions accepted for presentation are organized by names
of authors, titles, and countries, as well as by thematic and regional
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Note: This website is regularly
updated concerning the follow-up of the outcomes of the Conference
(last update: 9 June 2007)
to Regional Wildland Fire Networks