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Another Icelandic Postcard

Posted on December 10th in Uncategorized.

Sigurður Óskar Jónsson

Go Green for Rangers!

Posted on October 8th in Uncategorized.

November 17 – 23

Go Green For Rangers is the best reason to dress, eat, think or paint yourself green this November!

The Thin Green Line Foundation is proud to launch our brand new Go Green For Rangers campaign to raise awareness and much needed funds to support rangers on the frontline of conservation.

We challenge you to Go Green by organising a collaborative event where everyone can participate, have fun, donate and spread the word about the vital work the Thin Green Line Foundation supports.

Rangers preparing for action

Rangers for Rhinos Calendars available

Posted on September 25th in Uncategorized.

Natural Causes, a company based in Cape Town, in partnership with ex-supermodel turned  South African photographer, Josie Borain, have created  a Rangers for Rhinos 2015 Calendar for two NGO’s, the Game Rangers Association of Africa and Resource Africa, both involved in anti-rhino poaching projects, with the following objectives:.

  • To raise money that will be used to stop the poaching of rhinos
  • To raise awareness of the work done by South Africa’s conservation fraternity, in particular its game rangers, in the anti-poaching campaign in South Africa

This calendar is intended to be the first of an annual production of Rangers for Rhinos Calendars.

More information can be found on Facebook.


Pushing Boundaries Challenge

Posted on September 8th in Uncategorized.
The IRF would like to encourage young people to participate in the Pushing Boundaries Challenge.  The following is a message from the IUCN:
Hello friends and colleagues!
To build and share excitement in the months leading up to the World Parks Congress ( (WPC) in Sydney, Australia in November 2014, and to really showcase the amazing work of young people around the world, we’ve launched an international challenge to find out how young people are working to support, enhance and further protected areas around the world.
Via an interactive online platform (, the Pushing Boundaries Challenge is asking the question: “How are you creating a protected planet?” and is inviting young people from around the world to share their work! The Challenge is designed to provide an outlet for passion and creativity that highlights how young people are using inspiring and innovative solutions to keep our world wild and protected.
The Challenge is accepting entries that range from local to global in scope, encompassing diverse forms of protected areas, and will be evaluated by an international team of judges on impact, creativity, innovation and its ability to be replicated. Participants must be under 35 years of age at time of entry, but submissions can be in the form of documents, videos, arts, stories, songs…anything that inspires creativity and successfully represents the participant’s project!
Submissions are open until September 21, 2014.
Here’s the fun part: We have lots of prizes!
Two (2) winners will be chosen to receive
1. Mentorship, support, and direction to create a 2-3 minute professional video highlighting their work to be shown at the World Parks Congress ( in Sydney, Australia in November 2014,
2. A featured profile on the CoalitionWILD website ( and Challenge website
3. A feature in the CoalitionWILD newsletter and WCPA newsletter
4. Become a CoalitionWILD Ambassador
Top 10 winners will receive international exposure via the CoalitionWILD, IUCN, WCPA and World Parks Congress websites and on site at the World Parks Congress via posters and/or multimedia display, including in a dedicated session under Stream 8 – Inspiring a New Generation.
Two “People’s Choice” winners will also be chosen via a public voting process, and will receive a prize of either a one year subscription to Vimeo Plus, or a one year Dropbox Premium account.
Thanks to generous support from the IUCN WCPA, Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UNDP, two (2) Challenge participants from GEF eligible countries ( with projects selected by the International Judging Panel will receive sponsorship to attend the World Parks Congress.
What we’re asking from you: Help us spread the word! And there’s lots of ways to do it.
2. Share the link! And if using social media, throw in #PushingBoundaries so we can support your efforts.
3. Attached are fliers, posters, and a facebook banner. Use them, send them around, post them everywhere!
4. Like and share our posts on facebook:
5. Submit a project yourself!
6. Encourage others to submit. We have a lot of prizes to give away!
Of course, let me know if you have any questions. On behalf of the entire Pushing Boundaries team, thank you for helping to spread the word. We look forward to creating an exciting movement of young people that wouldn’t be possible without your help.
All the best,
Crista Valentino

Elaine Hsiao and Sudeep Jana
WCPA Young Professionals Specialist Group
Scott Israel
Bruno Monteferri
Conservamos por Naturaleza
Rebecca Koss
IUCN Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability
The CoalitionWILD Pushing Boundaries Challenge is created by an alliance of young people and their networks, led by CoalitionWILD, in collaboration with WCPA Young Professionals, CoCoMaps, Conservamos por Naturaleza, and IUCN Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability.

French Gardes pilot Junior Ranger Training Program

Posted on December 16th in Uncategorized.

Parc Naturel Régional Scarpe-Escaut, in the northeast of France, have enlisted 26 schoolchildren as Junior Rangers.  Read more about the program here:  Junior Rangers Training Program (PDF)

Call for Applications – Conservation Leadership Programme Awards

Posted on September 16th in Uncategorized.

2014 Conservation Leadership Programme Awards

Deadline: 11th November 2013

The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) aims to advance biodiversity conservation globally by building the leadership capabilities of early-career conservation professionals working in places with limited capacity to address high-priority conservation issues. This partnership initiative, including BirdLife International, Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International, and Wildlife Conservation Society, has been building conservation leaders across the world for over 25 years. The Programme currently works toward its aims by offering awards, training and mentoring support. The CLP offers three levels of Conservation Awards:  

CLP projects must occur in and be led by nationals of countries excluded from the World Bank list of high-income economies across Africa, Asia, Eastern and South-eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, where there tends to be fewer resources and capacity for conservation. Exceptions include some high-income economies located in some temperate and tropical areas of high biological diversity but thought to have low national capacity for conservation, including the Pacific Islands, Caribbean Islands and the Middle East. Check country eligibility here.

The application deadline for full proposals is 11th November 2013 for ALL applications. Those applying for Conservation Follow-up and Conservation Leadership Awards must submit a Logical Framework to the CLP by Tuesday, 1st October 2013. CLP will provide feedback on all logical frameworks by 16th October and, based on this review, will either invite applicants to submit a full proposal or not. Awards will be announced in April 2014. Please visit the CLP website for detailed eligibility criteria, guidelines and an application form.

Successful applicants will: 1.) Develop the knowledge, skills and abilities of team members; 2.) Implement a focused, high-priority conservation project combining research and action; and 3.) Contribute to the long-term success of local conservation efforts. All eligible teams submitting an application will receive feedback on their proposal.

The CLP is piloting an Alumni Ambassador Programme this year whereby Future Conservationist Award applicants can request feedback on their proposals from CLP alumni in their region prior to submission. More information on this programme is found on the CLP website. Applicants may also contact a member of the CLP team well before and up to two weeks before the application deadline for advice on project eligibility, methods and project activities. The CLP may be able to put teams in touch with local partner offices or other experts who can provide additional advice.

A representative from each award-winning team will be invited to attend an international training event in June/July 2014 organized by the CLP to share ideas and develop skills, knowledge and contacts. Additionally, winning teams are able to network with experts from within each of the partner organisations and past winners. CLP team members are available to help with project implementation, including guidance required during the planning and team training stages.

Have additional questions or seeking advice? Email [email protected] for more information

Newsletter Archives now online

Posted on February 7th in Uncategorized.

Find past issues of The Thin Green Line and Guardaparque from the link on the right column of this page.

II Carta del nuevo Presidente de FIG

Posted on January 20th in Uncategorized.

Tengo  el  gran  privilegio  hoy  de  dirigirme  a  usted  como  nuevo  presidente  de  la Federación Internacional de Guardaparques. Acabo de regresar de África después del
Séptimo Congreso Mundial de Guardaparques en Arusha, Tanzania, que fue seguido por el trabajo futuro sobre la lucha contra la caza furtiva y diferentes reuniones, soy
plenamente  consciente  de  las  responsabilidades  y  desafíos  que  enfrenta  el  nuevo
Comité Ejecutivo de FIG, todos los miembros de la familia FIG / Guardaparques, y la
profesión de la Conservación.

IRF presidents letter_10-12-2012_espanol  (PDF)

WRC Report from the International Anti-Poaching Foundation

Posted on December 3rd in Uncategorized.

Another report on the WRC, including information on Rangers Without Borders.