The White Paper “Vegetation Fires and Global Change” is a global state-of-the-art analysis of the role of vegetation fires in the Earth System and is published as a collective endeavor of the world’s most renowned scientists and research groups working in fire science, ecology, atmospheric chemistry, remote sensing and climate change modeling. The aim of the White Paper is to support the endeavour of the United Nations and its affiliated processes and networks, notably the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 “Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters” and the Global Wildland Fire Network, to address global vegetation fires for the benefit of the global environment and humanity. The White Paper provides insight into the complexity of global vegetation fire issues and rationale for coordinated, international action in crossboundary fire management at global scale.
This White Paper has been commissioned by the UNISDR Wildland Fire Advisory Group through its Secretariat, the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), Associate Institute of the United Nations University
and Secretariat of the Global Wildland Fire Network.