The goals of enhancing international cooperation in fire management are to:
• adopt a common language and common principles in fire management as a basis for international, intercultural and multilingual cooperation;
• better understand the issues related to fires, their underlying causes and environmental and human impacts;
• create synergies by increasing collaboration among actors and coordinating individual actions;
• achieve greater integration of policies, plans, management and monitoring among sectors;
• develop global and international policy and fire management support systems;
• implement relevant international agreements, conventions, declarations, processes and voluntary agreements in regional, national and local policies and actions; and
• create a framework and mechanisms for international donor support to fire management stakeholders in need.
Enhanced international cooperation can assist international, regional, national and local communities in:
• improving and making available knowledge, information and data on the extent and impacts of fire on a range of forest and non-forest ecosystems as a basis for decision-making;
• increasing the efficiency of fire management (land use and fire use, prediction, prevention, preparedness, rapid response to and control of fires and mitigation and restoration/rehabilitation following them);
• ensuring capacity-building in fire management;
• developing cross-sectoral policies, particularly with the land-use domain (agriculture, pastoralism), nature conservation, environmental management, climate change mitigation, etc.