Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Wildfire conference

Fire in the Okavango Delta April 2007

The 4th International Wildland Fire Conference was held in Sevilla, Spain, 14-17 May 2007 under the auspices of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the European Commission. The meeting brought together 1531 participants from 88 countries to discuss fire science, fire management and fire management training.

Among the recommendations included in an end of conference statement were that the international wildland fire community pursue the development of a globalscale international resource sharing strategy to assist countries with fire management planning activities (including prescribed fire for ecological purposes and fuels management), that scientific research programmes addressing the consequences of changes of climate, land use and land cover, and socio-economic changes on fire regimes, environment and society be supported at all levels, and that the UNISDR Global Wildland Fire Network, the Regional Wildland Fire Networks and the Secretariat of the global network, the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) be supported by national agencies and international donors.

On the conference website you can read a summary of the presentation by S.R. Ngakane, A. Hoffman, G.J. Mafoko and J. Ramonthso, Fire management in Botswana - Efforts of the department of Forestry and Range Resources".

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