Association of protected area professionals


IRF President on Australian TV

Posted on August 17th in IRF.

Australian Story – The Game Changer

This program tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a former wildlife ranger and the renowned British conservationist Dame Jane Goodall.  Their special connection has become a ‘game changer’ for the men and women on the front line of the increasingly bloody global war against poachers.  Ten years ago Sean Willmore set up an organisation called The Thin Green Line Foundation to ‘protect the protectors’ – wildlife rangers who were being killed and maimed.  But it was only when Willmore crawled from his sick bed on the off chance of meeting Dame Jane in Melbourne that the real breakthroughs came.  Now he has the ear of world leaders, rock stars and British Royal Princes…


New-look July 2014 Newsletter

Posted on July 25th in IRF.

Visit the Newsletter Archives to download and read our new-look newsletter – Volume 2014 (2) – English only at this point but translations are in the works.  Thanks to our volunteer Nicola Potger for the flash redesign!

2014 Awards open for application

Posted on July 10th in IRF, YCA.

Go to the awards page for information on the three awards available this year.  Deadline for application is August 25, 2014.

IRF 3rd European Ranger Training Seminar

Posted on May 25th in Europe, IRF.

Thanks to Colin Dilcock for submitting these photos from the recent seminar in Croatia.


2014 World Parks Congress Information

Posted on May 24th in IRF.

The IUCN World Parks Congress will be held in Sydney, Australia, 12 – 19 November 2014 (



IRF members are now eligible to register for the Congress at the discounted IUCN Member rate of $770 (rather than $1,100). This Early Bird rate is available until 30th June, after which the Standard IUCN Member rate of $990 (rather than $1,210) will apply.

An individually allocated IRF number is required in order to claim the IUCN Member discounted rates. Please contact me at [email protected] and provide me with your association details in order to obtain your individual number before commencing the online registration process.

Note that if you are registering from a Developing Country (being low and middle income economies as listed by the World Bank) you can register at the discounted rate of $385 at any time.



The IRF has secured a discounted accommodation rate for fully equipped cabins at the Lane Cove River Tourist Park, within Lane Cove National Park ( Assistance with transport is also being arranged.

Available options for accommodation for nine nights from 11th to 20th November are (note all prices quoted in Australian Dollars):

- triple share = $396 ($44/night)

- twin share = $558 ($62/night)

- single cabin = $972 ($108/night)

To take advantage of this accommodation offer simply advise me via [email protected] of your accommodation preferences and all arrangements will be made from there.



The IRF is working with Patagonia, an outdoor clothing and equipment company, on the provision of IRF-badged shirts for all IRF delegates to the congress. If you will be attending the congress, please contact me via [email protected] with your shirt size so that it can be included in the order.



Please let us know if you made a submission to the Call for Programme Content ( We hope to see as many of your submissions as possible included in the final programme and will continue working with the organizing committee to achieve this goal. We need to know about your submission in order to include it in our discussions.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or your Regional Representative if you have any questions or require additional information. I look forward to seeing you in Sydney this November.




Tegan Burton
[email protected]