Project portfolio

The following is a list of ITTO projects in the field of forest fire management initiated since 1999. All budget amounts are in US dollars. For a complete list of all operational and completed projects financed by ITTO, please refer to the ITTO Annual Report.

In the project numbers given below, 'PD' denotes project and 'PPD' denotes pre-project. The suffix 'F' denotes Committee on Reforestation and Forest Management, 'M' the Committee on Economic Information and Market Intelligence, and 'I' the Committee on Forest Industry.

Fire management and post-fire restoration with local community collaboration in Ghana

Project number :  PD 284/04 Rev.2 (F)
Project country :  Ghana
budget :  ITTO: $585,894
Government of Ghana: $63,977
IUCN: $82,054
Total: $731,925
Submitted by :  Government of Ghana
Implementing agencies :  IUCN in collaboration with the Forest Research Institute of Ghana and the Resource Management Support Centre of the Ghana Forestry Commission
ITTO funding sources :  Bali Partnership Fund (Sub-account A), USA, Norway
Financed at session No :  37

Summary

Fire arising from farming, hunting and other rural-based, income-generating activities is considered the single most important threat to the integrity of Ghanaian forests. The underlying causes are poverty, a lack of awareness related to forest-fire impacts and a lack of strong legislative measures to prevent burning. This project will promote the contribution of efficient community-based fire management to forest restoration and sustainable management in fire-prone areas in Ghana.


Tropical forest fire monitoring and management system based on satellite remote sensing data in China

Project number :  PD 228/03 Rev.3 (F)
Project country :  China
budget :  ITTO: $230,000
Government of China: $172,500
Total: $402,500
Submitted by :  Government of China
Implementing agencies :  Research Institute of Forest Resources Information Techniques of the Chinese Academy of Forestry (IFRIT – CAF)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, Australia
Financed at session No :  39

Summary

Available forest fire statistics indicate that annually, more than 3000 forest fires occur in the tropical regions of China damaging more than 10,000 hectares of forest areas. The high forest fire occurrence can be attributed to the insufficient fire prevention capability, which in turn is due to the lack of adequate mechanisms for fire detection and monitoring as well as for forest fire data collection, management and information dissemination.

The project is aimed at reducing the frequency of forest fires and forest losses from fire, strengthening forest protection and accelerating the sustainable development and utilization of tropical forests in China. Its specific objectives are: a) to improve forest fire monitoring and fire danger forecasting in the experimental and demonstration area in Guangdong Province; b) to promote forest fire management at the provincial, district and county levels through the establishment of TropFireMAS (Tropical Forest Fire Monitoring and Management System Based on Satellite Remote Sensing Data in China) and through demonstrations and technical training.

The main outputs of the project are:

· TropFire MAS is established and operational;
· Operation and application of TropFire MAS are demonstrated;
· Technical training is conducted;
· Public education and training on fire prevention are conducted;
· Technical Reports on TropFireMAS are published and disseminated.


Sustainable forest management and human resources development in Indonesia, Phase III

Project number :  PD 89/90 (F)
Project country :  Indonesia
budget :  ITTO: $1,098,900
Total: $1,098,900
Submitted by :  Government of Indonesia
Implementing agencies :  Ministry of Forestry and Estate Crops
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  27

Summary

This is the third phase of a capacity-building project that started in 1993. The overall objective is to contribute to sustainable development in Indonesia through the improvement of policies and practices to enhance the economic efficiency of tropical forest resource management. In this phase, the project is addressing criteria and indicators, forest fire, institutional strengthening, and local participation in the management of the Bukit Baka/Bukit Raya National Park.


Tropical forest fire monitoring and management system based on satellite remote sensing data in China

Project number :  PPD 22/01 (F)
Project country :  China
budget :  ITTO: $49,100
Government of China: $32,520
Total: $81,620
Submitted by :  Government of China
Implementing agencies :  Research Institute of Forest Resources Information Techniques of the Chinese Academy of Forestry
ITTO funding sources :  Japan
Financed at session No :  31

Summary

This pre-project assisted the establishment of a fast, accurate and practical integrated satellite remote-sensing system for early warning, monitoring and evaluation of forest fires in tropical China.


Technical assistance for the development of a project proposal on institutional strengthening for forest fire prevention, mitigation and management in the natural and planted forests of Panama

Project number :  PPD 72/03 Rev.1 (F)
Project country :  Panama
budget :  ITTO: $36,623
Government of Panama: $18,900
Total: $55,523
Submitted by :  Government of Panama
Implementing agencies :  Implementing agency Autoridad Nacional del Ambiente (ANAM)
ITTO funding sources :  Japan, USA, Norway
Financed at session No :  34

Summary

This pre-project is formulating a project proposal for strengthening institutional capacity for the prevention, mitigation and management of forest fires in the natural and planted forests of Panama. Stakeholders from civil society, other institutions and municipal authorities are participating actively in the proposal formulation process.