These webinars are part of a series comprising the 8 sessions of the Pyrolife International Symposium: Towards an Integrated Fire Management, 3 June – 22 July, 2020.
How to Live with Fire – Where in the World? And What does that Suggest?
Peter Moore; Forestry Officer Fire Management, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations
The world is on fire! or similar was a heading in the media, journals and other communication throughout 2019 and up until COVID-19. In 2000 WWF and IUCN released a review a global review of forest fires due to the many high profile fire events of 1998-1999. In between there have been many high profile fires, many many reports and reviews and too many no-profile fires to count. Almost without exception the high profile fires are in the developed world where there are also many no-profile fires. The developing world sees very few high profile fires apart from South East Asia (mainly Indonesia) and the Amazon Region. Why is that so? What might an examination of this show us? This presentation will work to provide a view of where fires happen, why they occur and what the very different contexts might show us. It will not answer the question, just complicate it!