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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.

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.

International Wildland Fire Summit 2003 Communique 4

Sharing Solutions in Sydney


The Summit was convened following the 3rd International Wildland Fire Conference to proposed and agree on pragmatic and sustainable solutions to the human health, environmental, and economic consequences of unwanted wildland fires. Each person attending the Summit provided valuable experience and insight that contributed to developing synergistic solutions intended to strengthen international cooperation in order to reduce the negative impacts of wildland fires on humanity and the global environment.

The Hon Tony Kelly, MLC, NSW Minister for Emergency Services hosted the Summit. The Hon Neville Wran QC, former Premier of NSW, chaired the The drive to hold a Summit came from a widely held concern that more needed to be done to improve cooperation at an international level in the prevention and suppression of wildland fires. The overall goal of the Summit is in line with, and supported by, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).

The Summit participants reviewed, and discussed four papers tabled to stimulate ideas, solutions, and strategies to improve communication and coordination between agencies and organizations, and to improve fire management practices for the sustainable use of natural resources and the safeguarding of food security. Adoption of the principles and outcomes provided in the papers will assist organizations attempting to build a coherent response in reducing the negative impacts of wildland fires on humanity and the global environment, while encouraging ecologically and socially beneficial fire use where this is appropriate.

The Summit was for invited participants with a key interest in the outcome. Invitees were selected for their expertise in wildland fire management and their capacity to influence the implementation of the outcomes of the Summit within their own domestic jurisdiction. In all, 92 people accepted the invitation from 34 countries and 12 international organizations.