Landscape Fire Management Workshop in Sarajevo: Strengthening Cooperation and Building Fire Resilience


In the framework of the SDC’s Landscape Fire Management in the Western Balkans (LFMWB) Programme, the second landscape fire management (LFM) workshop was held on the 11th of June, 2024, in Sarajevo. The workshop was organized by the LFMWB’s Country Partner Institution (CPI), the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry, in collaboration with the Regional Fire Monitoring Center (RFMC).

The aim of the workshop was to develop the LFM Report on the level of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and formulate recommendations for LFM guidelines, with participatory contributions from LFM network members or the science-practice-policy interface.

The workshop commenced with a welcoming speech from Mr. Emir Causevic of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management, and Forestry. He highlighted the LFMWB Programme’s role in enhancing LFM capacities, cooperation, and policies, and its importance in fostering regional collaboration. He emphasized the significance of the LFM Report for understanding and addressing landscape fire challenges and the crucial role of stakeholder participation in its preparation.

Moreover, Mr. Cvetan Nikolovski, the LFMWB Programme team leader, highlighted the importance of holistic, timely responses focused on prevention, preparedness, and rethinking fire management at a landscape level.

The LFM report with LFM guidelines was presented by the Country Project Staff, Mr. Kenan Solakovic. His presentation focused on key findings and insights into the current state of LFM within the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The participants contributed to the process of development of the LFM report through discussions and group work.

The workshop witnessed active participation from stakeholders representing over 20 institutions from the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Attendees, including those from the science, practice, and policy sectors, engaged in discussions on the importance of prevention measures, concise LFM guidelines, and cohesive national LFM systems. They expressed a strong commitment to ongoing collaboration within the LFM network.

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