Specific Actions by Summit participants

Agreement with the concept that a series of regional conferences, summits, or roundtables will be held and lead into the 2nd Global Wildland Fire Summit no later than 2007, and the 4th International Wildland Fire Conference and Exhibition in Spain in 2007. Agreement to work individually and collectively to secure resources and funding for hosting the regional sessions and implementing other Summit outputs. The regional summits will be hosted and supported financially by local agencies or organizations. The agenda and themes will be developed locally. The meetings can be held in conjunction with established conferences and meetings.

Agreement that the Summit outcomes will be transmitted to the following organizations: The United Nations through the International Strategy For Disaster Reduction (ISDR); the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).

Agreement to request the assistance from the UN to lead the implementation of the outcomes of this strategy, including securing funding in support of the establishment of regional networks, conferences, and summits.

Follow-up Action

5. Establish an interim secretariat to ensure that the Summit outcomes are taken forward.

6. Paper # 1 to be further developed taking into account the comments of the Summit. Comments to be provided to the interim secretariat by 31st October 2003.

7. Develop a Paper # 5 on Community-Based Fire Management by FAO by 31st December 2003.

Other Issues and Business Carried Forward

In addition to the actions noted above, a number of other issues were identified that require further attention, possibly at a future Summit. International Wildland Fire Summit 2003 Communique 6 Sharing Solutions in Sydney.

These issues carried forward include:

1. The role of gender in fire management;

2. Fire danger rating and fire early warning systems

3. Linking Incident Command System with community-based fire

management systems

4. Fire investigation and management of causes of fires.

Funding Support

Funding support for the Summit was provided by:

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO);
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry of Australia (AFFA);
Telstra, Australia
The Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC);
The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service;
The United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management;
Emergency Management Australia.