Meet the organizations that have joined the Wildland Fire 2023 to conduct joint sessions and support the conference


The National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection (ANEPC) is the authority in Portugal that coordinates and articulates the actions of entities with responsibilities in emergency and civil protection matters.

Within the Integrated Rural Fire Management System, the ANEPC takes on the following  roles:
[1] COORDINATION, namely, by establishing operational guidelines, developing national programs for protection of population areas and awareness campaigns to prevent risk behaviors;
[2] TECHNICAL SUPPORT, namely to municipalities, in the identification of shelters, refuges and evacuation routes and in the execution of the secondary network and other fuel management actions in rural areas;
[3] EXECUTION, namely, awareness and communication campaigns, controlled burning actions, in coordination with the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests, and upon their request, analysis of rural fire risk to support operational decision-making and issuing of warnings, issuing of alerts to population and also by maintaining a permanent force for fire suppression; and [4] COMMAND, namely, as regards fire suppression and rescue operations in wild fires, in accordance with the operations management system, by dispatching air and land resources that integrate the special wild firefighting dispositive, and the subsequent deployment of these resources in response to wildfires, including, in coordination with the Air Force, pre-positioning and armed aerial surveillance.


The European Forest Institute (EFI) is an international organization established by European States. It has 30 Member Countries, and c. 130 member organizations from over 40 different countries working in diverse research fields. The organization offers unique forest research contacts and collaboration at a European level. EFI provides forest-related knowledge around three interconnected and interdisciplinary themes: bioeconomy, resilience and governance. With a staff of over 100 experts in several offices across Europe, EFI is in a unique position to generate, connect and share knowledge at the interface between science and policy. They work with European decision-makers, stakeholders, policy institutions and EFI’s member organizations to bring our unbiased science-based knowledge to the public arena. EFI is quickly becoming a leading science-policy platform providing forest-related knowledge to build a sustainable future: connecting knowledge to action.



Forest Europe

The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe - FOREST EUROPE, is a voluntary, Pan-European high-level policy process, of 46 signatories, working since 1990. FOREST EUROPE joins the 8th International Wildland Fire Conference of May 2023, in the city of Porto, Portugal, conducting joint sessions and promoting key talks on an international framework for the governance model of wildland fire risk, to be presented at the Conference.


CoLAB ForestWISE is an organization that promotes integrated forest and fire management, based on (co)research and development activities, knowledge and technology transfer, acting as a unifying element between industry, academia and public administration, with impacts on the forest and fire sectors and on society. AGIF is one of its sixteen associates. This CoLAB is an institutional partner of the 8th International Wildland Fire Conference, co-organizing in collaboration with the Centro de Ciencia y Tecnología Forestal de Cataluña, a workshop in the scope of the European project FIRE-RES about innovative solutions for fire-resilient territories. An exhibition dedicated to the rePLANt consortium, co-ordinated by CoLAB ForestWISE, is also planned to demonstrate products and services generated in the context of this mobilizing project.

Portuguese Air Force

The Portuguese Air Force, born in 1st July 1952, is an intrinsic branch of the national system of military forces which mission is to fully cooperate in the defense of the Portuguese Republic and its airspace through the delivery of air operation missions. Moreover, its further aim also implies the execution of aerial missions in the scope of international commitments assumed by the Portuguese State and missions of public interest that guarantee the protection, well-being and satisfaction of the population’s needs in general.

In the specific scope of Wild Fire Fighting, in particular regarding prevention, environmental surveillance and early detection, the Portuguese Air Force incorporates de national firefighting dispositive by using dedicated surveillance airplanes like C-295, P-3C Orion and remoted piloted vehicles, namely, the Ogassa OGS 42N/VN which delivers image in near real time. The helicopter AW-119 Koala is an additional asset expressly employed in aerial coordination of firefighting operations and air space management and safety.

In total, during the previous year of 2022, the Portuguese Air Force executed 399 missions specifically dedicated to prevention, fire suppression and rescue operations in response to wild fires equivalent to 1640 flight hours.


The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) is a professional membership association dedicated to uniting the global wildland fire community. IAWF is uniquely positioned as an independent organization whose membership includes experts in all aspects of Wildland fire management. IAWF's independence and the breadth of its members' global experience enables it to provide a neutral forum for the consideration of important, sometimes controversial, wildland fire issues. Its unique organization and membership allow IAWF to creatively apply a full range of forest fire expertise to fulfill its mission. IAWF is supporting the 8th International Wildland Fire Conference of May 2023, in the city of Porto, Portugal, by providing promotional and advertising opportunities about the conference to our diverse and international membership. The IAWF will also provide expert advice on relevant topics and speakers who support the conference themes.


The Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests (ICNF) is the National Authority for Nature Conservation and National Forestry Authority.
It proposes and implements integrated policies for land use management and planning, nature conservation, forests, welfare of pets and rural fire management.The area of Rural Fire Management – GFR, complies with what is established in the Integrated Rural Fire Management System - SGIFR, based on the organization and statutory responsibilities of the ICNF and the National Plan for Integrated Wildland Fire Management - PNGIFR.
The ICNF coordinates the “rural fire management” intervention axis, and supports the ANEPC, in the “protection against rural fire” intervention axis, the National Republican Guard (GNR) in inspection and surveillance issues and the Agency for the Integrated Management of Rural Fires (AGIF) in governance and planning.

• To manage rural fires, structural prevention, support to combat, recovery of burned areas, forestry regime and the forest sappers program;
• To promote and stimulate forestry and grazing combined systems, reinforcing adequate fuel management and the creation of agroforestry mosaics;
• To promote the extending of qualified forest management and recovery of burned areas to all forest areas in public and community areas.

The ICNF superintends the Forest Fire Sappers Force and a National Machinery Unit.


The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organization, of countries all over the world, that aims at shaping policies for prosperity and well-being. OECD is supporting the 8th International Wildland Fire Conference of May 2023, in the city of Porto, Portugal, organizing a session on wildfires and climate adaptation best practices. OECD is also supporting the development of an international framework for the governance model of wildland fire risk, to be presented at the Conference next year.