Training modules to ensure better forest fire control
On November 7-11, 2011, a five-day training course on "Forest Fire Management in the APEC Region" will be organized in Moscow by the APEC Secretariat, the APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) and the State Fire Fighting Service Academy of EMERCOM of Russia.
The curriculum of the course will include two training modules created by a team of ENPI FLEG World Bank experts:
- Community-based forest fire prevention activities;
- Forest fire potential assessment and risk monitoring of drying out forests.
The training course is a logical and practical follow-up to the recommendations adopted at the international conference on Forest Fire Management and International Cooperation in Fire Emergencies of the Asia Pacific held in October 2010 in Khabarovsk.
The participants of the conference, among which were World Bank staff members and experts, pointed out that illegal, unsustainable and uncontrolled forest management was the reason of the growing risk of forest fires and increased hazard levels of these fires. This situation requires major changes in the forest policy including priority rethinking and adaptation of fire prevention and fire fighting programs.
The conference recommendations concerning the priority areas of international cooperation in the sphere of fire management in the APEC region, as well as within separate economies of APEC member countries, were the following:
- Improvement of community-based activities to enhance civil society accountability in the field of forest fire prevention;
- Improvement and enhancement of law enforcement in protecting forests from fires, including combating illegal forest management in the context of the FLEG initiative;
- Regular expert consultations, knowledge and best practices sharing in the above areas of cooperation within APEC.
All the above areas serve as the basis for the training course which will be attended by the staff of emergency response agencies and services of APEC member countries.