A ‘Fire Management Week’, 11 -17 March 2017, in Brasilia, Brazil aimed to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences on fire management among representatives of Indigenous peoples, quilombolas, and traditional communities in Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana, researchers, and public policy managers. The aim was to discuss the aspirations and expectations of Indigenous peoples and traditional communities on how to conduct fire actions within their territories.
The week of activities included a workshop bringing together Indigenous and traditional community representatives, a field trip to observe fire management techniques by government agencies, and a public seminar/debate on fire management. This was organised with the Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis (IBAMA – federal agency under the Ministry of Environment), PREVFOGO (the fire management body of IBAMA), Fundação Nacional do Índio (FUNAI – governmental protection agency for Indigenous interests and their culture), and INPARQUES (the Venezuelan national parks authority).
The main outcomes of the week’s activities were:
Our next steps include completing a report of the workshop outcomes, and developing a larger proposal for the implementation of some of the action plans.
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