Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center

Regional cooperation

Regional cooperation in cross-boundary cooperation in fire management is facilitated by REEFMC thought information sharing, capacity building, preparation of bilateral and multilateral agreements with the main national, regional and international actors and stakeholders in landscape fire management. This process is facilitated through regional consultations and conferences addressing landscape fire management. Key international partners include the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), the Council of Europe through its Major Hazard Agreement (EUR-OPA), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), United State Forest Service and others. 
REEFMC is networking with forestry practitioners responsible for fire management, emergency authorities that involved in joint cross-boundary fire suppression operations, research and educational organizations, protected areas and rural communities in Belarus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Slovak Republic, and other countries. 
Cooperation with the Organization on Security and Cooperation in Europe
In Eastern Europe the OSCE and GFMC supported the development of policies and fire management capabilities on terrain contaminated by radioactivity in Ukraine and Belarus in the frame of the project “Improving Radiological and Environmental Awareness in Territories affected by the Chernobyl Accident in Belarus and Ukraine with a Focus on Wildfire Management” (https://gfmc.online/globalnetworks/seeurope/SEEurope_8.html). With the assistance of the Global Fire monitoring Center and Institute of Forest of Belorussian Academy of Science with financial support of the Council of Europe in 2013, management procedures, guidelines and training materials have been developed management procedures, guidelines and training materials have been developed .
Advanced Seminar “Wildfires and Human Security: Fire Management on Terrain Contaminated by Radioactivity, Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and Land Mines” (Kiev and Chornobyl, Ukraine, 6-8 October 2009)
This seminar addressed consequences of wildfires and fire management on contaminated terrain and was organized by the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) in the frame of the activities of the Council of Europe (CoE) and the joint project “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus” (Environment and Security Initiative [ENVSEC]), the UNISDR Regional Southeast Europe / Caucasus and Central Asia Wildland Fire Networks and the UNECE / FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire.
·          Background information (English) (PDF)
·          Background information (Russian) (PDF)
·          Seminar brochure (PDF, 3.3 MB)
·          Letter of Endorsement by the Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Mr. Litvin
·          Seminar report (PDF, 0.1 MB)
·         Chernobyl Resolution on Wildfires and Human Security: Challenges and Priorities for Action to address Problems of Wildfires burning on Terrain Contaminated by Radioactivity, Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and Land Mines (PDF, 52 KB)
 


Seminar group in front of the sarcophagus of Chernobyl Reactor 4


Visit of the Chernobyl Fire Brigade
UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management (United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, 27-29 November 2013)
UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management, organized by the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire through its Coordinator – the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), Germany, and supported by the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); with participation of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
·          https://gfmc.online/intro/team.html
·          http://www.unece.org/index.php?id=33755
·          Forum Outline and Agenda (Final version: 27 November 2013)
·          Forum Statement (Final version: 5 December 2013)
·          Forum Statement ( English version: 5 December 2013)
 

Participants of the UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management
Palais des Nations, Geneva,28-29 November 2013
 
Regional Fire Management Training for the South Caucasus and Western Balkans
The course is held in the frame of the OSCE/ENVSEC project “Enhancing National Capacity on Fire Management and Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction in the South Caucasus”; Fire Management Training Center, Antalya, Turkey, 15-17 October 2014.
·          https://gfmc.online/GlobalNetworks/SEEurope/SEEurope_8.html
·          Antalya regional training course agenda (PDF)
·          Antalya regional training materials (PDF, 25 MB)
·          Antalya Training Website including Picture gallery
 

 

 
Forest fire exercise with heliborne hotshot crew, demonstration of hand tools and group photos of the firefighter trainers and resource persons from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, United States of America & GFMC / OSCE staff. Photos: Kadir A. Coskuner.
 
Inception meeting Improving Radiological and Environmental Awareness in Territories affected by the Chernobyl Accident in Belarus and Ukraine
The inception meeting of OSCE / GFMC / REEFMC project Improving Radiological and Environmental Awareness in Territories affected by the Chernobyl Accident in Belarus and Ukraine with a Focus on Wildfire Management was held in Kyiv, Ukraine, 7 September 2017:
·          https://gfmc.online/GlobalNetworks/SEEurope/SEEurope_1_radio.html
·          Inception Meeting Agenda (English) (PDF, 0.6 MB)
·          Inception Meeting Agenda (Russian) (PDF, 0.7 MB)
·          Inception Meeting Report (English) (PDF, 0.6 MB)
·          Ukrainian-Belarusian Fire Management Terminology (PDF, 1,0 MB)
·          Ukrainian-Belarusian Guidelines on Fire Management in Contaminated Terrain (PDF, 1.5 MB)
 
Representatives of Ukraine and Belarus attending the Inception Workshop
 
2017 OSCE Economic and Environmental Dimension Implementation Meeting
The meeting included a GFMC / REEFMC contribution Supporting the Implementation of OSCE Ministerial Council Decision 6/14 on Enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction: Enhancing National and Regional Capacities in Wildfire Disaster Risk Reduction (Session I: Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction and Management at all Levels), presented by S. Zibtsev, Director of REEFMC, on behalf of GFMC Director; Hofburg, Vienna, Austria, 16-17 October 2017:
·          GFMC / REEFMC Statement (PDF, 0.3 MB)
 
Presentation of the joint GFMC / REEFMC Statement by Sergiy V. Zibtsev
 
Working meeting Improving Radiological and Environmental Awareness in Territories affected by the Chernobyl Accident in Belarus and Ukraine
The first working meeting of the OSCE project Improving radiological and environmental awareness in territories affected by the Chernobyl accident in Belarus and Ukraine with a focus on wildfire management, for preparation a bilateral fire emergency response exercise between Belarus and Ukraine (May 2018) was held at the OSCE Office in Ukraine, Chernihiv, Ukraine, 24 April 2018.
·          https://gfmc.online/globalnetworks/seeurope/SEEurope_1_radio.html
Bilateral fire emergency response exercise between Belarus and Ukraine 
In the frame of the project Improving radiological and environmental awareness in territories affected by the Chernobyl accident in Belarus and Ukraine with a focus on wildfire management, coordinated by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the REEFMRC and GFMC; Gomel Oblast Department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus, Gomel, Belarus, 17-18 May 2018:
·          https://gfmc.online/globalnetworks/seeurope/SEEurope_1_radio.html
·          https://gfmc.online/globalnetworks/seeurope/OSCE-GFMC-Report-Fire-Management-Contaminated-Terrain-2014-ENG.pdf
·          https://gfmc.online/globalnetworks/seeurope/OSCE-GFMC-Report-Fire-Management-Contaminated-Terrain-2014-RUS.pdf
·          Exercise Agenda (in Russian) (PDF, 0.4 MB)
·          Exercise Agenda (in English) (PDF, 0.7 MB)
·          OSCE Press release (22 May 2018): https://www.osce.org/secretariat/382273
·          OSCE Press release (22 May 2018) on GFMC repository (PDF, 0.5 MB)
 
 
The first joint table-top exercise of Ukrainian and Belarussian agencies responsible for fire management and emergency situations was conducted in Gomel, Belarus, under the auspices and sponsorship of the OSCE. Photos courtesy OSCE / Evgeniy Maloletka.
 
Awareness-raising and information materials on wildfire risk reduction in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
A number of awareness-raising and information materials on wildfire risk reduction in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone were developed by the OSCE in co-operation with the REEFMC and the GFMC in the frame of the project Improving Radiological and Environmental Awareness in Territories Affected by the Chernobyl Accident in Belarus and Ukraine with a Focus on Wildfire Management at the request of the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus, the State Emergency Service of Ukraine and the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management.
·          OSCE-REEFMC-GFMC Awareness Materials
 
Seminar to develop the concept of new proposals to reduce the risk of disasters in the Chernobyl zone
The seminar was organized by OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine on 31 October 2019 in Kyiv, Ukraine, jointly with the Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC). During the seminar, the results of the OSCE project “Raising Radiological and Environmental Awareness in Belarus and Ukraine Affected by the Chernobyl Accident, with a Focus on Forest Fire Management”, implemented in 2016-2018, were presented to representatives of international organizations and stakeholders. In particular, the “Analysis of fire management legislation of the Republic Belarus and Ukraine, including in the Exclusion Zone and recommendations for their improvement”, the “Belarussian-Ukrainian-English fire management terminology for coordinated response to forest fires across the national border” and the “Guideline for fire fighters in the Belarusian and Ukrainian sectors of the Exclusion Zone of the Chernobyl NPP” were presented; 31 October 2019, Kyiv, Ukraine.
·          https://gfmc.online/globalnetworks/seeurope/SEEurope_1_radio.html
·          https://gfmc.online/globalnetworks/seeurope/OSCE-GFMC-Report-Fire-Management-Contaminated-Terrain-2014-ENG.pdf
·          https://gfmc.online/globalnetworks/seeurope/OSCE-GFMC-Report-Fire-Management-Contaminated-Terrain-2014-RUS.pdf
 
Participants of the seminar included representatives from OSCE, REEFMC and State Agencies of Ukraine (Ministry of Energy and Nature Protection, State Agency of Ukraine for the Management of the Exclusion Zone and the Chernobyl Radiation-Ecological Biosphere Reserve, State Emergency Service of Ukraine and the Main Directorate of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in Kiev region) and Belarus (Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus, Gomel Regional Department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Belarus, Polessky State Radiation and Ecological Reserve and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of Belarus). Photo: REEFMC
 

Cooperation with Council of Europe

Establishment an inauguration of the Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) and Regional Seminar and Consultation “Wildfires in the Eastern European Region: Science, Policies and Management”, at the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULESU) (Kyiv, Ukraine, 4 March 2013), supported by GFMC with funding of the EUR-OPA Secretariat:

·          REEFMC and Regional Seminar Agenda (Ukrainian) (PDF, 0.2 MB)
·          Print version (PDF, 0.4 MB)
·          REEFMC and Regional Seminar Agenda (Russian) (PDF, 0.2 MB)
·          Print version (PDF, 0.4 MB)
·          REEFMC and Regional Seminar Agenda (English) (PDF, 0.1 MB)
·          Print version (PDF, 0.4 MB)
·          Press release by NULESU: http://nubip.edu.ua/en/node/7706
·          http://nubip.edu.ua/en/node/1665/4
·          Report about the establishment of the REEFMC in NULESU Journal (27 March 2013) (PDF, 4.5 MB)
·          Report about the establishment of the REEFMC and Interview with GFMC in Pryroda Journal (15 March 2013) (PDF, 0.6 MB)
Workshop “Defense of Villages, Farms and Other Rural Assets against Wildfires: Guidelines for Rural Populations, Local Community and Municipality Leaders in the Balkan Region”, supported by the Council of Europe, the Regional Fire Monitoring Center SE Europe / Caucasus (RFMC), Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) and the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire; European Center of Forest Fires (ECFF), National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece, 13 May 2013.
·          Workshop Announcement and Agenda (PDF, 0.2 MB)
·          Website of the Village Defense Guidelines (various languages)
National Round Table on Fire Management “Sharing Responsibilities and Resources at Economically Difficult Times”, under the co-auspices of the Hellenic Agricultural Organization “Dimitra”, General Secretariat for Civil Protection, General Secretariat of Forests, General Secretariat of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, and the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire; supported by Council of Europe and Maria Tsakos Foundation; Evgenideio Conference Center, Athens, Greece, 14 May 2013:
·          National Round Table Press Release and Agenda (PDF, 0.7 MB)
·          Press Release (post Round Table) (PDF, 2.3 MB)
Second “International Fire Management Week” in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russian Federation, organized by the GFMC and the Russian Federal Forest Service Rosleskhoz and the National Aerial Forest Fire Center Avialesookhrana in the frame of the “German-Russian Forest Fire Task Force” and the activities sponsored by EUR-OPA Secretariat; with (a) Scientific Conference “Post-Fire Natural Regeneration of Forests in Siberia”, and (b) revisit of the Bor Forest Island Fire Experiment of 1993; Krasnoyarsk, Bor Forest Island, Russian Federation17-23 June 2013:
·          First publication about the Bor Forest Island Fire Experiment of 1993
·          2013 publication about the Bor Forest Island Fire Experiment of 1993
·          Second International Fire Management Week, Agenda (RUS) (PDF, 290 KB)
·          Second International Fire Management Week, Agenda (ENG) (PDF, 217 KB)
·          Media reports about the International Fire Management Week (Russian and English, to be completed successively) (PDF, 2,4 MB)
·          Film-I about the Second International Fire Management Week (flv, 16 MB)
·          Film-II about the Second International Fire Management Week (mp4, 32 MB)
·          Film-III about the Second International Fire Management Week (mp4, 1,41 GB)
·          Recommendations of the Second International Fire Management Week “Post-Fire Natural Regeneration of Forests in Siberia” (Russian and English) (PDF, 122 KB)
Celebration of the “Knowledge Day” at the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULESU) / Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) and award of honorary doctor degree to the head of GFMC; Kiev, Ukraine, 1 September 2013:
·          NULESU University Courier No. 8 (31 August 2013) (English) (PDF, 0.4 MB)
·          NULESU University Courier No. 9 (20 September 2013) (Ukrainian) (PDF, 3.0 MB)
General Assembly and 20th Anniversary of Green Cross International (GCI): Ceremony of Green Star Awards of GCI with UN-OCHA and UNEP to awardees of the Global Wildland Fire Network, among which the two regional centers established with funding of the EUR-OPA Secretariat were honored: Nikola Nikolov (Regional Southeast Europe Fire Monitoring Center, Macedonia) and Sergiy Zibtsev (Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center, Ukraine); UN Geneva, Switzerland, 2 September 2013:
·          Green Star Awards 2013 Ceremony Brochure (PDF, 2.1 MB)
·          Video of handing over the Green Star Awards 2013 to Global Wildland Fire Network members N. Nikolov, S.P. Sharma and S. Zibtsev (flv, 35 MB)
Eastern European consultation on the follow-up of the UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management (UN Geneva, 28-29 November 2013) and first Eastern European Prescribed Fire Demonstration and Long-term Observation Experiment on the use of prescribed fire in wildfire hazard reduction in pine stands at the Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC), Kyiv and Boyarka Forest Research Station, Ukraine, 6-9 April 2014:
·          http://www.fire.uni-freiburg.de/intro/team.html
·          http://nubip.edu.ua/en/reefmc
·          Draft Seminar Agenda (PDF, 0.3 MB)
·          Press coverage of the Consultation (Ukrainian and English) (PDF, 2.0 MB)
·          NULESU publication about establishment and first results of the research in Boyarka Research Forest (2015) (PDF, 1.7 MB)
VI Ukraine Fire Management Week with Second Eastern European Prescribed Fire Demonstration and Long-term Observation Experiment on the use of prescribed fire in wildfire hazard reduction in pine stands and Seminar “Fire Management and Research in Forests, Protected Areas and Natural Heritage Sites”; Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC), Kyiv and Boyarka Forest Research Station, Ukraine, 25-27 March 2015:
·          NULESU publication about establishment and first results of the research in Boyarka Research Forest (2015) (PDF, 1.7 MB)
·          Agenda of the Seminar (English) (PDF, 0.2 MB)
·          Agenda of the Seminar (Ukrainian) (PDF, 0.4 MB)
·          Report of the Seminar at NULESU Website: http://nubip.edu.ua/node/13975
·          Report of the Seminar in the Ukrainian Journal on Nature and Society “Pryroda” No. 6/2015 (PDF, 0.7 MB)
·          Special Website of the Ukraine Fire Management Week
VII Ukraine Fire Management Week with Third Eastern European Prescribed Fire Demonstration and Long-term Observation Experiment on the use of prescribed fire for enhancing regeneration of Scots pine stands; Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC), Kyiv and Boyarka Forest Research Station, Ukraine, 17-20 April 2016:
·          http://nubip.edu.ua/en/reefmc
·          REEFMC Flyer 2015 (PDF, 0.7 MB)
·          VII Ukraine Fire Management Week 2016 Agenda (Ukrainian, PDF, 0.7 MB)
·          VII Ukraine Fire Management Week 2016 Agenda (English, PDF, 0.4 MB)
National Round Table “Fires in the Natural and Cultural Landscapes of Ukraine: Towards the Development of a National Fire Management Policy”, organized by the Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC), GFMC and the State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine, with participation of the Ministries of Agrarian Policy and Food, Internal Affairs and Ecology and Natural Resources, and the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, sponsored by the Council of Europe, Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) through (GFMC); Kyiv, REEFMC/NULESU, Ukraine, 26 October 2017:
·          National Round Table Agenda (English) (PDF, 0.3 MB)
·          Online Report I (UKR) (NULESU): https://nubip.edu.ua/node/38240
·          Online Report I (ENG) (NULESU): https://nubip.edu.ua/en/node/38408
·          Full record stream (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKa0Z3cw3Zs&feature=youtu.be
·          Round Table Statement (Ukrainian) (PDF, 1.7 MB)
·          Round Table Statement (English) (PDF, 0.2 MB)
·          Round Table follow-up Hearing at NULESU (Ukrainian) (PDF, 1.7 MB)
Regional Consultation on “Cross-Boundary Cooperation in Landscape Fire Management”, organized by the REEFMC and GFMC; sponsored by the Council of Europe, Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) through (GFMC); Kyiv, REEFMC/NULESU, Boyarka Forest Experimental Station, Ukrainian Center of Advance Training of Forestry Professionals, Ukraine, 27 October 2017:
·          Regional Consultation Agenda (English) (PDF, 0.2 MB)
Meeting of the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG) in conjunction with the meeting of the International Liaison Committee (ILC) and the Brazilian Conference Organizing Committee for the 7th International Wildland Fire Conference (Co-Sponsor: Council of Europe / EUR-OPA); GFMC, Freiburg, Germany.
·          https://gfmc.online/globalnetworks/globalnet.html
·          Joint WFAG-ILC 2018 Meeting Agenda (PDF, 0.3 MB)
·          Picture gallery
 
The Joint WFAG / ILC Group
 
 
05-09 April 2019
8th Ukraine International Fire Management Week was organized by the Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMC) and the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC):
·          Special website of the Ukraine VIII Fire Management Week 2019
Summary: On 8 April 2019 the GFMC and REEFMC conducted field training exercising prescribed burning operations and suppression firing in Oster Military Forest District, Ukraine.
·          GFMC-REEFMC Oster Fire Management Training (NULESU report) (PDF, 0.9 MB)
·          GFMC-REEFMC Oster Fire Management Training (Open Forests Report I) (PDF, 2.3 MB)
·          GFMC-REEFMC Oster Fire Management Training (Open Forests Report II) (PDF, 0.9 MB)
 
On 9 April 2019 – the Second National Round Table “Fires in the Natural and Cultural Landscapes of Ukraine: Developing a National Policy for the Wildfires Management” provided the floor for a consultation on the draft Law of Ukraine On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning the Immediate Elimination of the Crisis Situation Due to Forest Fires. The Round Table was an initiative of and hosted by the Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center with the support of the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) and the Council of Europe (Kyiv, REEFMC / National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine (NULESU), Ukraine.
·          Special website of the Ukraine VIII Fire Management Week 2019
 
The Round Table was opened by the Rector of NULESU, Prof. Dr. Stanislav Nikolaenko, and by Prof. Dr. Petro Lakyda, Director of the Institute of Forestry and Landscape-Park Management (right). Workshop conveners (Prof. Dr. Sergiy V. Zibtsev and Prof. Dr. Johann Georg Goldammer) at the left.
Participants of the Round Table from different Ukrainian agencies, the Parliament, forestry enterprises and academia.
 

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