From 14 to 18 November 2016 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

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Of the 14 to the 18 of November 2016

V International Simposium



Policy, Planning and Economics

The difficulties experienced in recent seasons of wildfire of 2010 to 2014 made clear the urgency of resuming the dialogue on the subject and find solutions to the problem

The costs of wildfire management have escalated in the first two decades of the 21st century, largely due to increased expenditures for suppressing large wildfires, most recently called mega fires. Frequent siege-like fire incidents have enormous costs in loss of life, property, natural resources and welfare.

Additionally, there is growing recognition of the futility of fighting fires in ecosystems where, the now considered obsolete, fire exclusion policies have led to dangerous fuel accumulations.  This is also true in countries like Australia, Canada, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, and Latin American countries like Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama, with significant wildland fire problems. In the Caribbean basin countries like Cuba and the Dominican Republic are also experiencing similar situations.

Political and social pressures, such as those encountered in the wildland-urban interface and multiple-use areas complicate recent shifts in agency philosophies toward managing sustainable ecosystems. The economic consequences of alternative management strategies are poorly understood. Expenditures on large fires may bear little relation to values at risk.  Current analysis tools for justifying budgets and displaying tradeoffs rarely incorporate consideration of all relevant contributors to fire management costs and net value changes.

Many countries have recently recognized the need for the economic analysis of their wildland fire management investments; and the impact of wildfires on ecosystem services.  However, few have developed the necessary tools to perform this work. On the other hand, the increasing uncertainty in fire suppression operational strategies impact the inefficient use of fire suppression resources. It is important to incorporate knowledge of the fire suppression resources productivity to the operational suppression difficulties when searching for efficient wildfire management solutions.

Not only the USA have recognized the importance of optimizing fire management costs, yet progress toward this end has been slow, uncertain and elusive.

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.

The economic analysis of the landscape against fires, is necessary to determine efficiently the necessary costs of termination of protection

Defense against forest fires and fire prevention management, need economic analysis as the basis for the efficient planning of actions. This research and the monitoring of forest fires, are solutions to increase the scientific knowledge that allows the development of tools to aid in decision making.

Forest fires are damaging and costly in most of the conditions, but there are opportunities for cost savings of importance with the increase of efficiency in the activities inherent in the operations of the emergency (ICS) management system
Richard J. Mangan, USDA Forest Service. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-173. 1999
The cost of the management of forest fires have intensified in the past decade, largely because an increase in the allocation of expenditures for the removal of large forest fires.
Armando González-Cabán, USDA Forest Service. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-227-2009
To address the modeling of the fire and the budgetary allocation process, it is necessary to know how suppression is managed, how resources are distributed and how incurred costs. The incorporation of econometric tools based on efficiency, productivity and utility functions help to decision making.
Francisco Rodríguez y Silva & Armando González Cabán, USDA Forest Service. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-245-2013

Hotel and venue

Hotel Honduras Maya

For reservations, please contact: Jesua Valeriano Arriola. email: Jesua.valeriano@hondurasmaya.hn, and reference the count name: “Tarifa Forestry University”



Address: Av. República de Chile, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Telf: +504 2280-5000

Contac in the EE.UU.

Dr. Armando González-Cabán
USDA Forest Service
Pacific Southwest Research Station
4955 Canyon Crest Drive
Phone: 951.680.1525
Fax: 951.680.1501
Email: agonzalezcaban@fs.fed.us

Contact in Honduras

Dr. Emilio Esbeih
National Forestry University
Colonia Las Américas, Apartado Postal #2
Siguatepeque, Comayagua, Honduras 12111-0002
Tel.: +504 2773-0011
Fax. +504 2773-0300
Email: e.esbeih@esnacifor.edu.hn

The Symposium is organized around the following topics:

  • Local, regional, national and international perspectives on forest fires and environmental services
  • Theory and models for the strategic planning of fire
  • Economic analysis and modeling of the comprehensive management of forest fires
  • Public policy and forest management
  • Forest fires and environmental services
  • Poster session: examples of fire management plans; strategic allocation of resources for the management of fire, etc.
  • Roundtable: Environmental services, forest fires and international cooperation: What portends the future?
  • Community forestry and forest fires

Plenary sessions and posters will have as a goal:

  • Provide a forum where professionals can discuss the importance of strategic planning in the management of forest fires, economic analysis and public policies related to the management of forest fires
  • To publicize the latest and most innovative technologies to optimize expenses relating to fire management
  • Assess and analyze the relationship between environmental services at the local, regional, national and international levels, including the economic assessment of the effects of the fires in the environmental services

Abstracts and posters

We invite those interested in participating to submit abstracts-of no more than 350 words for consideration by the Scientific Committee. By submitting a proposal, indicate the general subject area in which to participate, and also if you prefer to oral or by poster presentation. The final decision in this regard will be made by the Scientific Committee. All abstracts, posters, papers and presentations will be submitted through the website of the symposium.

The submitted papers will be included in digital format to be distributed upon registration.

The deadline for abstracts is July 31, 2016. To submit abstracts can do to email: papersimposio2016 @ gmail. com

Templates for the preparation of manuscripts

Examples of the format for the submission of abstracts for the Symposium.

This is an example of the format of the summary for the Symposium. The summary should not exceed 350 words and can write in English or Spanish. The works will be published in both languages, as well as the presentations during the Symposium. Please indicate at the end of the abstract for an oral presentation or a poster; If oral presentation, please indicate in which of the topics you want to present. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is the day July 31, 2016. Please use «Microsoft word ©» to prepare your summary and the final work.

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Example of manuscript for the Symposium.

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Example of bibliographical presentation.

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Instructions for the submission of reports.

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Template for the presentation of reports.

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