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Project FireFight South East Asia, a global initiative of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), was the lead organizer of the Communities in flames international conference. In all aspects of planning, organizing and conducting the conference, the Project worked closely with the Regional Community Forestry Training Center (RECOFTC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Essential support for planning and undertaking the conference and field trips came from local communities and non-governmental organizations in collaboration with the German Agency for Technical Co-operation (GTZ)’s Integrated Forest Fire Management Project, the Provincial Government of East Kalimantan and the District Government of Balikpapan, which hosted the event. The Ministry of Forestry of the Government of Indonesia, the FAO, the European Union and the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service provided financial resources and other support.

The efforts of the many individuals were co-ordinated and channelled by three committees, whose contributions were essential to the conference’s success and are gratefully acknowledged:

Steering Committee:

¨ Wahjudi Wardojo

Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia

¨ Peter Moore

Project FireFight South East Asia

¨ David Ganz

FAO/RECOFTC, Bangkok, Thailand

National Organizing Committee:

¨ Dicky Simorangkir

Project FireFight South East Asia

¨ Benni Sormin

FAO, Jakarta, Indonesia

¨ Hartmut Abberger

GTZ Integrated Forest Fire Management Project

¨ Soedarmo and Sumantri

Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia

Local Organizing Committee:

¨ Provincial Government of East Kalimantan, Indonesia

¨ District Government of Balikpapan, Indonesia

¨ GTZ Integrated Forest Fire Management Project

Editorial Committee:

¨ Bob Fisher

RECOFTC, Bangkok, Thailand

¨ Cecilia Danks

Watershed Research and Training Center, Hayfork, California, United States

¨ Greg Hill

Department of Science, Information Technology and Education, University of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia

¨ Thomas Enters

FAO, Bangkok, Thailand

¨ Willistra Danny

Fire Control Directorate, Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia

¨ Yvonne Everett

Department of Natural Resources Planning and Interpretation, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, United States

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