Norwegian Chairship Wildland Fires Initiative© Arctic Council Secretariat Norwegian Chairship Launches Initiative to Address Wildland Fires in the Arctic 19 October 2023Arctic PeoplesClimateMonitoringPollutantsEmergenciesNorwayGwich'in Council International The Chairship Wildland Fires Initiative aims to increase circumpolar collaboration, knowledge sharing and partnership on wildland fires to tackle this urgent climate issue The Norwegian Chairship of the Arctic Council (2023-2025) launched a Wildland Fires Initiative, which seeks to elevate this urgent issue on the Arctic Council’s agenda and beyond. The initiative aims to increase circumpolar collaboration and make information on wildland fires in the Arctic more readily accessible through public panels and outreach campaigns that will span across the Norwegian Chairship term. Wildland Fires in the Arctic Wildland fires are a critical environmental concern with far-reaching ecological, social, cultural and economic implications. Record-breaking fire activity in 2023 intensified attention and concern on the growing threat of wildland fires across the circumpolar Arctic. Wildland fires across the Northern hemisphere have notably increased in frequency, severity and area across the Arctic over the past several years.