Reducing the Negative Impacts of Vegetation Fires on the Environment and Humanity

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The current situation and the expected trends are challenging the international community to address the problem collectively and collaboratively. The Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), a non-government institution founded in 1998 as a contribution to UNISDR and the implementation of the HFA, is serving civil society, governments, regional entities and international organizations, notably the UN, in the development of policies and strategies to reduce the negative impacts of fire on the environment and humanity. The GFMC is working through the UNISDR Global Wildland Fire Network (GWFN) and the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG).

In 2006-2007 the GWFN responded to the demand of a number of countries to intensify national and international cooperation in fire management. International organizations (IEWP, GEOSS, FAO) were supported to develop a concept for a Global Wildland Fire Early Warning System, an assessment of the global fire situation and management capabilities, fire management voluntary guidelines and a review of international cooperation in fire management. Within the Regional Wildland Fire Networks consultations were held to develop and implement procedures for bilateral and multilateral cooperation in fire management.

The GWFN is challenging countries and the international community to support capacity-building programmes and projects in wildland fire management at national and regional levels.