Wildland fires are increasing in frequency, severity, and area across the Arctic, bringing challenges as well as opportunities and requiring greater collaboration, knowledge sharing, and partnership. Gwich'in Council International (GCI) is leading two projects to advance work on wildland fires at the Arctic Council, in the CAFF and EPPR Working Groups. Additionally, there is work in other Arctic Council Working Groups (AMAP and ACAP).

Each project has unique objectives and intended uses, as well as its own Steering Committee of State, Permanent Participant, and Observer representatives. The projects are connected through their overarching goal of addressing wildland fires in the Arctic and circumpolar focus. Knowledge sharing is a key component of both projects, and a workshop is planned (2022) to bring people working in ecology, management, and response together and review draft project deliverables.

To learn more about the work, check out:

Arctic Council article

Update provided to the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (EPPR) Working Group, June 2021 PDF icon 2021 EPPR June Circumpolar Fire update GCI.pdf


Updated provided to EPPR Working Group, November 2021 PDF icon 2021 Nov EPPR Circumpolar Fire update GCI.pdf


Summary of Arctic Council Wildfire Projects, September 2020 PDF icon 2020 May CAFF EPPR project highlights-final draft.pdf


Summary of Arctic Council Wildland Fire Projects, October 2021 (CAFF, EPPR, AMAP, ACAP) PDF icon ArcticFire-Projects-ArcticCouncil-18Oct2021.pdf


Project Proposal: Arctic FIRE at the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group PDF icon CAFF-ArcticWildland-FireEcologyMapping-Monitoring-Project-26April2019-FINAL.pdf


Project Proposal: Circumpolar Fire at the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (EPPR) Working Group PDF icon EPPR_2019_Reykjavik_Wildland-Fire-Cooperation-Project-Proposal-Approved.pdf


Invitation to the Arctic Council Wildland Fire Sharing Circle, November 17-18, 2021 PDF icon Invitation to the Arctic Council Wildland Fire Sharing Circle.pdf