Recommendations contained in several fire policy reviews following the disastrous 2000 and 2003 fire seasons, and most recently in 2013, 2014 and 2015, suggest a clear need for a forum in which policy makers, natural resource managers, and fire managers and practitioners can exchange ideas and learn from mutual concerns and experiences. The harsh realities of the most recent fire seasons from 2011 to 2015 have made painfully clear the urgency to retake discussion of the topic and search for integrated solutions to the problem.
In the spring of 2012, the Fourth International Symposium on Fire Economics, Planning, and Policy to address the issues outlined here. The advances in the field presented in the previous four editions of the symposium has highlighted the need to include economic analysis in decision making for fire suppression and protection management. Since then, disastrous events in the 2010 to 2015 fire seasons, in Australia, China, Mexico, Russia, Spain, and United States, among others, have exacerbated the problem. Many changes in policy have taken place in response to the new challenges.
There is the need again to bring together the community of wildland fire agencies managers and practitioners, natural resource managers, researchers, foresters, economists, students and policy makers to discuss and share recent problems, experiences and responses to the wildland fire challenges.
Who should attend?
The Symposium will be of interest to administrators and professionals from agencies of forest fire management, responsible for the administration of forest resources natural, researchers, educators, technicians, economists, responsible for the formulation of public policy and science of fire, forestry and economics students.