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Tropical Forest Issues 61: Towards fire-smart landscapes

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Editors: Nick Pasiecznik and Johann Georg Goldammer

General - 2022

ISSUE No.: 61

DOI: https://doi.org/10.55515/DVRK2501

ISSN: 2958-4426

Language: English / Spanish

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This 61st edition of Tropical Forest Issues (formerly ETFRN News) includes a collation of 25 articles from a total of more than 100 contributors. There are more than 20 case studies from across tropical America, Asia and Africa, with others that explain the importance of the ecology, management and concepts related to fire management. Many common issues are seen. A paradigm shift is seen as urgently required, towards a focus on locally-led, integrated visions of fire management that includes risk mitigation, fire prevention and post-fire recovery, and not just fire suppression. The negative impacts of ‘no fire’ policies are highlighted in several article, and that have led to more intense wildfires. Many studies emphasize the importance of indigenous and traditional knowledge related to fire management, especially from Latin America. Across the globe, the crucial role of community participation in the design and implementation of fire management policies. Innovative cases and practices are presented, with the potential for scaling. Also stressed, was that capacity development is needed at all levels, from national and sub-national coordination, to community volunteers – and not just for dedicated fire brigades. And where lacking, national integrated fire management strategies and actions plans must be developed, with cross-sectoral collaboration, clear roles and responsibilities, and adequate human and technical resources as a basis for concerted and effective fire prevention and suppression. Finally, more is needed to expand international efforts, that build on well-established organizations and networks for improving the generation, collation and sharing of experiences. 

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