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Urban and Rural Communities living in Fire Prone Environments: Managing the Future of Global Problems

1.Balancing Conflicts:

  • Land use and fire regime conflicts
  • Co-existing cultures with fire use conflicts
  • Balancing Prevention and Suppression
  • Fire as a Biodiversity management tool
  • Firefighter safety and risk adversity - getting the balance right
  • Optimising the balance of full-time, part-time and volunteer resources
  • Balancing the protection of commercial and
  • non-commercial assets
  • Economic and legal pressures on fire management

2. Future Trends and their influence on Fire Management:

  • Changing social values
  • Rural-Urban migration
  • Continuing land use change
  • Globalisation- where is it taking us?
  • Vegetation community changes
  • Fire as a vector of evasive alien plants
  • Climate change impacts
  • Integrating fire management requirements into sustainable development planning
  • Educating increasingly fire-unaware communities
  • Technology driving suppression: the good and the bad

3.Enhancing Global Understanding and Co-operation:

  • Towards common understandings - developing knowledge sharing mechanisms
  • Towards common principles - their role in developing Standards and Agreements at local, national and international levels
  • Success stories and case studies of co-operative arrangements and their evolution
  • Community forestry and fire management approaches
  • Who Should Attend

The program will address issues that are relevant to the following industry sectors:

  • Fire management practitioners
  • Wildland fire policy makers
  • Scientists/ researchers/ meteorologists working in the fire management field
  • Technical specialists
  • Educational groups
  • Safety representatives
  • Equipment manufacturers and suppliers

Government and private sector organisation representatives with responsibilities for forest and land management, fire and emergency management, forestry sector management, agriculture sector management, sustainable development planning, forest management education program development, environment protection, occupational health and safety management, and greenhouse/climate change mitigation strategy development.