Association of protected area professionals

World Ranger Congress

The International Ranger Federation (IRF) World Ranger Congress brings together Rangers from all over the world, giving them the opportunity to learn new skills, share knowledge and create partnerships. It occurs every three years in a different location, allowing host countries from each IRF region to raise the profile of Rangers locally and internationally. It allows them to showcase their successes, to identify how they’re addressing their regional challenges and share their knowledge and skills with colleagues from around the world.

Attending a congress like this is a once in a life time opportunity for many Rangers; meeting colleagues from around the world gives Rangers hope and boosts their morale. Often their jobs are located in remote and isolated areas where they don’t have a lot of contact with the world family of Rangers. They don’t often have the opportunity to exchange stories and learn from others that may be located half way across the world.

The World Ranger Congress is also a forum for the creation of recommendations on issues that affect Rangers and the work that they do on the front-line. Having these challenges come directly from Rangers makes the message more powerful; the recommendations are presented at conservation forums globally.

The 9th World Ranger Congress will be held in Nepal in 2019.

Past IRF World Ranger Congresses

2016 – Estes Park, Colorado, USA
Declarations:  English | Español

2012Arusha, Tanzania
Declarations:  EnglishEspañol

2009 – Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Declarations:  English (1) (2) | Español (1) (2)

2006 – Stirling, Scotland
Declarations:  English

2003 – Wilsons Promontory National Park, Australia
Declarations:  English

2000 – Kruger National Park, South Africa
Declarations:  English (1) (2) | Español (1) (2)

1997 – San Jose, Costa Rica
Declarations:  English | Español

1995 – Zakopane, Poland
Declarations:  EnglishEspañol

World Ranger Congress