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Bill de groot canadian forest service roberto martinez dominguez comision nacional forestal tom harbour us forest ser

NAFC – Fire Management Working Group Report

Bill de Groot

Canadian Forest Service

Roberto Martinez Dominguez

Comision Nacional Forestal

Tom Harbour

US Forest Service


Bill de groot canadian forest service roberto martinez dominguez comision nacional forestal tom harbour us forest ser

NAFC-FMWG

Charter Objectives:

  • Exchange experiences and technological advances regarding prevention, wildland fire management, and fire use.

  • Provide mutual aid and technical exchanges between Canada, Mexico, and the United States in the development of strategy and appropriate fire management actions.

  • Actively participate in programs with other fire agencies throughout the world to support international cooperation and development in fire management.


Bill de groot canadian forest service roberto martinez dominguez comision nacional forestal tom harbour us forest ser

NAFC-FMWG

Current Activities

  • 42nd Annual Fire Management Working Group Meeting

    • Canada and Alberta co-sponsored meeting

    • Oct. 7-9, 2008, Banff, Alberta

    • Session theme: fire, mountain pine beetle, and fuel mgt

    • Pre-meeting workshops: Canada-Mexico Fire Science and Technology Exchange

    • Alberta Fire Management Tour:

      • Provincial Forest Fire Centre: fire operations

      • Canadian Forest Service: fire research

      • University of Alberta: education

      • National Parks: prescribed burning, fuel mgt

      • Hinton Training Centre: National Fire Training


Bill de groot canadian forest service roberto martinez dominguez comision nacional forestal tom harbour us forest ser

NAFC-FMWG

Ongoing Activities

  • Fire Management Study Tours

  • Purpose is to exchange information between countries on fire problems, and methods to find solutions. Usually results in recommendations and considerations for improvement from both visitors and hosts.

  • Formal study tours started in 1968 when North America hosted a tour delegation from 23 countries

  • Every 4 years, NAFC-FMWG hosts an Australia/New Zealand study tour delegation; Australia/New Zealand provides the same, so that the host location alternates every 2 years

  • Other foreign delegation tours are regularly supported or hosted by NAFC-FMWG and its members


Bill de groot canadian forest service roberto martinez dominguez comision nacional forestal tom harbour us forest ser

NAFC-FMWG

Ongoing Activities

  • The International Wildland Fire Conference Series

  • NAFC-FMWG is a major supporter of the IWFC’s, in cooperation with FAO and United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)

  • Has become the major international conference on fire management, S&T applications, and wildland fire policy (the last conference attracted 1600 people from 88 countries)

  • 4 previous conferences: Boston 1989, Vancouver 1996, Sydney 2003, Seville 2007

  • NAFC-FMWG is strongly represented on the International Liaison Committee, assisting to plan the next conference in South Africa (in 2011)


Bill de groot canadian forest service roberto martinez dominguez comision nacional forestal tom harbour us forest ser

NAFC-FMWG

Ongoing Activities

  • The Global Wildland Fire Network

  • The Global Wildland Fire Network serves as an advisory body to the United Nations system (under UNISDR)

  • NAFC-FMWG represents the North America region, one of 13 Global Regions in the Network

  • Each Network is hosting a Regional Consultation to discuss regional fire problems, and identify steps towards solutions

  • NAFC-FMWG is planning to host a Regional Consultation for the Americas (in 1-2 yrs), including South America, Central America and the Caribbean

  • Results of the Regional Consultation process will be presented at the 2nd International Wildland Fire Summit


Bill de groot canadian forest service roberto martinez dominguez comision nacional forestal tom harbour us forest ser

NAFC-FMWG

Future Focus: Critical Fire Issues

  • Fire suppression challenges: steadily increasing costs, demographic changes (limited young recruitment), increasing fire activity and greater demand on limited resources, equipment renewal and upgrades, and litigation

  • Wildland – Urban Interface (WUI): continuous expansion of the WUI and greater exposure to fire regimes of increasing fire activity

  • Land management: need to focus on the core issue of fire in land management rather than the suppression of wildfire

  • Climate change: consistent general trend of increasing area burned, fire intensity, fire severity, and longer fire seasons

  • Air quality: increasing wildfire activity causing release of greater amount of pollutants, resulting in greater public exposure to hazardous emissions


Bill de groot canadian forest service roberto martinez dominguez comision nacional forestal tom harbour us forest ser

Thank you – Gracias!

41st NAFC-FMWG Meeting

Guadalajara, Mexico

Sept. 25-27, 2007

North America-Australasia Joint Regional Meeting

4th International Wildland Fire Conference

Seville, Spain

May 14-18, 2007


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