In 2010-2011 first suggestions have been developed by fire management experts from CoE and UNECE member states to develop a proposal for "Regional Agreement on Cross-Boundary Cooperation in Fire Management".
Air pollution generated by wildfires is an increasing problem for human health and security in many UNECE member states. In order to meet the increasing threats of wildfires CoE / UNECE member states need to address the challenges arising from the consequences of changing environmental, climate and socio-economic conditions on forests. Public policies affecting forest fires need to be reviewed and adapted to changing and changed environmental and socio-economic conditions. International cooperation in fire management offers solutions to exchange expertise and enhance effectiveness of international collaboration during emergency situations. Together with the UNECE Forestry and Timber Section (Geneva) and the UNECE / FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Fire (which is chaired by GFMC) a Forum was prepared and convened in Geneva in which Team members and delegates from governments discussed and agreed on a proposal for an agreement.
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