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: http://www.
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: http://
The Congress is being organised around 8 different streams, and 4 cross-cutting themes. http://
Registrations are currently open, with the earlybird discount rate available until 30th June 2014. Information here: http://www.
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: http://www.
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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.
International Ranger Federation
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.