La CONAF, National Forestry Corporation, and the FPC sign an agreement to exchange knowledge and improve prevention and combat of forest fires
The signing was carried out electronically due to the current situation of the pandemic. In the online event, cooperation and collaboration were highlighted as key points to establish solid bridges in the framework of forest fires. Both organizations reiterated the hope of signing this agreement, in which collaboration and the search for joint solutions prevail.
It was stressed that teamwork is key to establishing close ties between both organizations, adding that this firm represents the creation of a new perspective necessary to analyze the forest fires that we face today.
The executive director of CONAF, Rodrigo MunitaHe pointed out that this union represented not only the strengthening of the capacities and knowledge that each organization has, but also helped to continue improving the skills of fire professionals. Mr. Munita added that the agreement involves working in several relevant lines of work, such as the prediction and analysis of fire behavior in order to be better prepared.
In turn, the Directorate and the Presidency of the FPC highlighted the need to value the forest territories and forests of the world, thus empowering the forest fire extinguishing services and the people who work in the territory. They also highlighted the current challenges we face, such as climate change and large forest fires. 'We are faced with a problem that is not isolated. It is a joint challenge for the entire forest fire community, 'he said. Miriam Piqué, president of the Pau Costa Foundation.
Likewise, Jorge Saavedra, Head of the Development and Research Department, GEPRIF, highlighted the topics that are planned to be carried out in the short and medium term. Currently, work is already under way on conducting a fire management course for ignition specialists and fire managers. In addition, in the near future we want to draw and create a comprehensive training framework around forest fires. Apart from these two defined objectives, it will cooperate in the search and implementation of R + D + i projects and in the area of prevention. Another key objective, which was highlighted at the event, was the importance of valuing the exchange of experiences, the lessons learned and the knowledge of both organizations.
In this virtual act of signing the agreement was attended by:
On the part of CONAF:
- Rodrigo Munita, Executive Director;
- Juan Cristóbal Carrasco, Chief of Staff, Aida Baldini Forest Fire Protection Manager - GEPRIF;
- Jorge Saavedra Head of the Research and Development Department, GEPRIF;
- Patricio I. Sanhueza Bravo, Technical Advisor / Coordinator of International Affairs, GEPRIF;
- Ricardo San Martin Zubicueta, Head of the CONAF Communications Secretariat;
- Paola Martínez Zúñiga, Professional of the Coordination and Mobilization Section-GEPRIF,
On the part of the FPC:
- Jordi Vendrell, General Director of the PCF;
- Míriam Piqué, President of the Board of Trustees;
- Jaume Costa, Secretary of the Board of Trustees;
- Xavier Ubada, Vice President Board of Trustees