Well trained Rangers are critical to healthy ecosystems and healthy communities

Park rangers, guards, guides, wardens – these are the people with feet-on-the-ground, who work with communities near protected areas and are those in the park area who monitor the daily health of the area, and whose everyday work is dedicated to conserving and increasing biodiversity in their protected area.

The International Ranger Federation represents nearly 60 ranger associations with rangers in seven regions around the globe. We work together across countries and regions to build capacity for those rangers in the field. This poster will focus on actions IRF has taken with partners to build capacity through ranger training.

Examples will be shared of using the IRF ranger competencies in regional training partnerships between indigenous rangers of Brazil and rangers in Australia; with ranger association using IUCN management effectiveness training tools; and partnerships with NGOs and universities in providing training that increases ranger skills in maintaining and increasing the health of species biodiversity in their protected area.

Skilled rangers are a vital link to effective communication with communities about the value of conservation and protected areas. Skilled rangers provide the direct protection of ecosystems. The theories and guidelines and manuals produced by all the IUCN members and staff need skilled staff in the field to implement those concepts. This poster will help delegates understand the role IRF and ranger associations do and can play in that implementation.

NOTE: new website -- www.InternationalRangers.org.

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