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Category: Oceania

Council of Australian Rangers meeting

Posted on May 1st in Oceania.

IRF Participation Requested at World Parks Congress in Australia

Posted on February 2nd in IRF, Oceania.
The next World Parks Congress will be held in Sydney, Australia, 12 – 19 November 2014. This IUCN congress is only held every 10 years, with the theme this year being “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions”.

As with the last WPC in Durban, South Africa, 2003, the IRF is aiming to have a strong voice at this event with extensive representation from the people on the ground. Fortunately the IUCN agrees, suggesting that “We would love as many rangers as possible to attend the WPS, and there will be numerous occasions for them to take active part in sessions and make presentations.” Of course all of this will only be possible with YOUR assistance and participation!

Firstly, all the latest information about the Congress is here:

The call for content is currently open, with the deadline for proposals being 15th March. Proposals can be submitted in English, French or Spanish. They must also be just 350 words, so keep them brief! More information here:

The Congress is being organised around 8 different streams, and 4 cross-cutting themes. IRF hopes to see Rangers presenting in every stream across the congress so we urge you to please consider submitting a proposal. We also ask when submitting your proposal that you note in your introduction that you are a ranger or other field-based worker, and that you focus not just on challenges but on solutions and positive outcomes, as these will be given the highest priority.


Registrations are currently open, with the earlybird discount rate available until 30th June 2014. Information here:  Note that if you are coming from a ‘developing country’ your registration is just $385.


The Congress organisers have announced funding ‘to assist selected participants from developing nations with specific travel costs and Congress registration fees’. Applications close on 30th March. More information here: If you require assistance with the application paperwork or a letter of endorsement, please let the IRF know. Also please note that this funding is very limited so please only try to access it you have no chance of being funded by your workplace or through other sources. The IRF is also seeking funding to be able to offer sponsorships for the congress, however we know that this will only be limited and therefore encourage you to seek funding directly from other sources as well.

OTHER . . .

All IRF participants will be provided with a standard uniform shirt to wear, to make us identifiable and increase awareness of Rangers participating. We are also working closely with the Protected Area Workers Association in NSW and with other Australian ranger associations to be able to offer assistance with logistical requirements such as transport and accommodation, and also some pre- or post-congress field trips or work stays for those who may be interested.

I look forward to seeing you at the World Parks Congress in November, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions.


Tegan Burton
International Ranger Federation

Australian Firefighters Seriously Injured in Wildfire

Posted on October 16th in Incident, Oceania.

Two staff from the West Australian Department of Environment and Conservation were critically injured on October 12 after being trapped in their truck while undertaking wildfire suppression in a nature reserve.

Our Facebook page will have all the latest updates as to their condition.

The truck was burnt out