The Global Fire Partnership: Fire, Conservation, and Climate Change

The Global Fire Partnership is a collaborative project between The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The original objective of the project was to complete a global assessment of native fire regimes that could be used in decision-making related to biodiversity conservation. CFRO helped to refine the expert-opinion assessment methodology and related outreach efforts by helping to organize and participating in a series of global workshops. More recently, post-doctoral researcher Meg Krawchuk visited China to help understand the role of fire in conservation areas.An ongoing goal of this work is to identify the physical parameters that drive fire regimes at global scales (global pyrogeography), thus providing an over-arching framework for integrating additional information from scientific experts and other sources. Synthesized information will then be extended to users through a custom webGIS interface, recently developed by CFRO staff and hosted by the GIF, that can be accessed from anywhere in the world. The collaboration is also expanding to include examination of the US Forest Service LANDFIRE framework. New methods for mapping impacts of climate change on global fire activity have also resulted from this project, leading to involvement in NCEAS working group participation and wider international collaborations.