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The science and policy of wildfires in the boreal biome

20 August 2021 15:00 - 17:00


Many people rely on boreal forests for subsistence, cultural practices, biodiversity, and economic development and the boreal biome contributes significantly to global climate stability. As the climate is changing, disturbance regimes, such as wildfires, in the boreal biome are increasing, which impacts the ecosystem’s ability to regenerate. As a result, many boreal ecosystems are shifting to new ecological states, with profound socio-ecological and economic consequences.

It is vital to recognize that landscapes in which fires occur are dynamic and evolving due to the ever-changing drivers of wildfire risk - land use, combustible material, ignition sources and climate change. Thus, integrated and holistic wildfire management programmes are needed that include knowledge about the behaviour of the drivers of fire risk across different landscapes and regions.

This side event is part of the International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA) Conference "A changing boreal biome", which will take place from 16 to 20 August 2021. The session will bring together the representatives of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Boreal Forests, including scientists and policymakers from seven boreal countries. This Team of Specialists is a unique intergovernmental entity that, through peer-to-peer learning and exchange, aims to address pressing challenges facing the boreal forests today and advance its contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.


  • Present and discuss the current drivers and trends of wildfires and their socio-ecological and economic implications across boreal countries
  • Share best-practices in managing wildfire regimes and applying forest landscape restoration to enhance resilience of the boreal ecosystem to the increasing wildfire risk
  • Identify root issues and research gaps to inform policy development and ensure that socio-ecological and economic impacts of wildfires are sufficiently addressed


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