Plenary Talk: Mary Huffman at 2015 AFE Congress

Huffman, Mary
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Making a World of Difference in Fire and Climate Change
Mary Huffman
Association for Fire Ecology 6th International Fire Ecology and Management Congress
Banquet Plenary Talk—November 28, 2015

Abstract: Together with other stressors, interactions between fire and climate change are expressing their potential to drive ecosystem shifts and losses in biodiversity. Closely linked to human well-being in most regions of the globe, fires and their consequences should no longer be regarded as repeated surprise events. Instead, we should regard fires as common and enduring components of most terrestrial systems, including their social context. At the global scale, too much fire and the wrong kinds of fire are trumping not enough fire as the most influential fire problems we must address. Intensified fire suppression and government prohibition of burning is not a long-term solution at the global scale. Acknowledging the importance of programs to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, I propose that fire ecologists come together to elevate attention on four less-discussed priorities: ecological systems in which people depend on fire for survival and well-being; systems in which governments unwisely insist on command and control approaches to fire; places where peat-lands are burning; and, places where climate-driven changes in fire will cause type conversion.​

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