ICIMOD is organizing a regional workshop on forest fire management in collaboration with the United States Forest Service (USFS). The workshop will focus on developing forest adaptation strategies under changing climate scenarios and the use of geospatial support systems for improved forest fire management. Delegates from relevant institutions of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan will be participating.
Objectives of the workshop include discussing experiences on the current status and challenges of fire management under different climate change scenarios and assessing the needs for geospatial and ground-based knowledge and synergies in the region. Also, experiences from USFS and NASA/SERVIR on adaptation strategies in fire management and application of geospatial technologies and earth observation will be shared. Needs and opportunities for future collaboration will be identified.
The workshop will have two days devoted to technical training and one day focusing on policies. The technical sessions will consist of a mix of hands-on work and demonstrations. Topics will include fire detection mapping, highlighting the underlying theory of Remote Sensing and operational aspects of the SERVIR-Himalaya forest fire monitoring application. USFS and the Bhutan Forest Department will share their experiences and technical background on their work on Burnt Severity Mapping in Bhutan. Other issues on the agenda will be climate change, forest fire risk assessment, and fire behaviour models.
For the policy sessions of the workshop, senior policy makers will be invited and experiences, challenges and lessons learnt among the different countries will be shared. Also, recommendations will be made for improved policies, mainstreaming of technical inputs and future collaboration.