Following the recommendations of the UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) in Kobe, Japan, January 2005, and the proposal of the UN Secre tary General to develop a Global Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (GEWS), a call for project proposals for building a GEWS was issued in preparation for the 3rd International Conference on Early Warning (EWC-III) (27-29 March 2006, Bonn, Germany), sponsored by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and the German Foreign Office (www.ewc3.org/). An international consortium of institutions cooperating in wildland fire early warning research and development submitted a proposal for the EWS-Fire, and it was selected for presentation at EWC-III. tte outcomes of the discussions, which are documented on the GFMC Early Warning Portal (www.fire.uni-freiburg.de/fwf/ EWS.htm), reveal the high interest in and endorsement by government and international institutions.
tte early warning system is also included as a yet-to-be-funded task in the 20072009 work plan of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), an international initiative involving more than 69 countries and 46 international organizations. Regionally, it was presented at the Conference on Promoting Partnerships for the Implementation of the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution, 11-13 May 2006 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Within the international fire science community the scientific and technical aspects of the EWS-Fire were presented by de Groot et al. (2006) at the Fifth International Conference on Forest Fire Research (24 November to 1 December 2006, Figueira da Foz, Portugal).
Objectives and development stages of the EWS-Fire, and the international consortium of institutions to be involved are described below. To illustrate the anticipated sustainability of the EWS-Fire, a case study is presented on the transfer and ongoing operation of a regional FDRS in Southeast Asia.
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