The saying that fire is a bad master, but a good servant highlights the ambiguous nature of the relationship we have with this ecological factor, socio-natural hazard, and land management tool. At the global scale, changes in climate, land use and human demographics have originated a diversity of fire management problems: some landscapes have too much fire, while others have too little; in some places it is the timing, or the intensity of fires that have shifted in ways that endanger human settlements, natural ecosystems, managed forests, pastures, and croplands. Trends in the main drivers of fire regime changes are also varied, and often worrying: increasing frequency and severity of multi-hazard meteorological extremes, deforestation, expansion of the wildland-urban interface, rural depopulation and land abandonment, decreased capability of native populations to maintain traditional fire management practices, and the persistence of misguided public policies that have yielded unintended, counter-productive effects.
The complexity of our relationships with fire -- which has been deemed a “wicked problem” --, the need for adaptive management and translational research, as well as the global scope of the management issues and impacts of fire warrants an Integrated Fire Management approach, with governance systems effective at international, national, and local levels. Streamlining the effectiveness and efficiency of international cooperation will require a global instrument, which relies on and further strengthens the history of initiatives and achievements of international cooperation in fire management. - countries, intergovernmental organizations, and other stakeholders are encouraged to support the call for a Global Framework for Integrated Fire Management to be developed during the Conference.
The Scientific Committee of the 8th International Wildland Fire Conference is delighted to announce that abstract submission is now open.
It will be a unique opportunity for project managers, operational experts, entrepreneurs, students, researchers, among others, to showcase their work and gain recognition, highlighting the conference as an ideal event for those who want to boost their careers.
The Conference main themes and subthemes are listed below:
Integrated Fire Management
- Planning and Preparation
Defining interventions and resources needed at the community and government levels, as well as ensuring that citizens and organizations are prepared to act under best safety practices.
- Prevention and Pre-Suppression
Reducing exposure and vulnerability to fire and maintaining a state of preparedness for immediate intervention.
- Suppression and Relief
Suppressing fire and providing relief to those affected by fire.
- Post-fire Intervention
Dealing with the restoration and rehabilitation actions required in the aftermath of a fire.
Training and certification on all integrated fire management expertise areas.
- Technical Innovation
Innovation on software applications and technological equipments and solutions, and operational communications systems.
Fire Risk Governance
- Risk Handling
Dealing with risk perception, assessment, management and translational research, encompassing traditional and indigenous knowledge.
- Stakeholder Engagement
Inclusive risk-related decision-making and conflict resolution, regarding multi-level policy design, sustainability, and funding.
- Adaptive Management
Process Monitoring and Planning Evaluation for continuous improvement and lessons learnt and analysis of physical and social impacts due to changes in fire governance.
Risk Communication – exchanging or sharing risk-related data, information and knowledge between and among different groups such as scientists, regulators, industry and general public; Public report of system performance.
- International Cooperation
Cross-border cooperation on training, best-practices, and standards.
Abstract submission will open 15 July 2022