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2019 World Ranger Congress – First Details

Posted on September 5th in Asia, IRF, WRC.

The 9th World Ranger Congress will be held in the village of Sauraha (on the border of Chitwan National Park), Nepal between 11th-17th November 2019.

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2016 World Ranger Congress Declarations and 2019 Location Revealed

Posted on June 14th in IRF, WRC.

The International Ranger Federation is pleased to announce that the 9th World Ranger Congress will be held in Nepal in 2019 – the WRC’s first time in Asia!

The Estes Park Declaration from the 8th World Ranger Congress is now available here in English and Spanish, with more languages to come.

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WRC2016 – Call for Papers and Posters

Posted on September 13th in IRF, WRC.
Dear IRF member association,

The Call for Presentations and Posters for the World Ranger Congress is scheduled to close on Sept. 30.

Please pass this information on to your members and others who may be hoping to present at the Congress.
Following is a list of topics to stimulate your thinking on what might be appropriate topics that will be of global interest.
●     Climate Change
●     Poaching
●     Marine Protected Areas
●     Habitat Loss and Fragmentation
●     Youth Engagement
●     Connecting with Diverse Communities
●     Conservation Interpretation and Education
●     Indigenous Peoples’ Connections to Protected Areas / Co-Management
●     Urbanization and Loss of Contact with Land
●     The Pros and Cons of Technology in Parks and Protected Areas
●     The Ranger’s Role in Scientific Management
●     Enforcing the Law in Protected Areas
●     The Effects of conflict on Wildlife, Heritage, and Protected Areas
●     Twinning/Sister Parks
Tegan Burton
International Ranger Federation


WRC 2016 Call for Presentations and Posters now open

Posted on July 25th in WRC.

World Ranger Congress 2016: Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado, USA:  The Call for Presentations and Posters is open is open until September 15.

9th World Ranger Congress (2019) – Call for Proposals Open

Posted on June 15th in IRF, WRC.

Find out how your ranger organization can host the 2019 World Ranger Congress!  The Call for Proposals is open from now until November 30, 2015.

WRC 2016 Registration now open!

Posted on May 31st in IRF, WRC.

Register here…registration fee is 600 USD until Sept 1, 2015 (650 USD after).

World Ranger Congress 2016 website

Posted on December 11th in WRC.

The brand new website for the 8th World Ranger Congress, to be held in May 2016 in Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado, USA is up and running!



Help rangers attend the 2016 WRC in Colorado

Posted on October 20th in WRC.

The Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR) has started a campaign to obtain donations to support developing country Rangers so they will be able to attend the World Ranger Congress.

Information may be found at the Campaign Page.

The ANPR estimates that it will cost approximately $3,000 USD to support each Ranger. Even though the Congress will be in 2016, the earlier the ANPR receives donations, the more Rangers they will be able to sponsor and arrange their travel documents.

Thank you for your support!

Launch of Mentoring, Coaching, and Exchange Program

Posted on November 11th in IRF, WRC.

Note from Andrew Nixon:

I am managing a project on behalf of the IRF Executive – Mentoring, Coaching and Exchange for Protected Area Professionals (MC&Ex) I wanted to let you know of this, particularly as it was introduced at the World Ranger Congress (see congress summation).  At Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge Wayne Lotter, together with Moses Wafula Mapesa presented the session ‘Global Partnerships for the Professionalising of Protected Area Management’.  This is a project that can and will have direct value to IRF members and the world ranger community.

So, you may be interested?

The project is part of an IUCN – WCPA initiative over the next 3 years. Under the program banner of the Global Partnerships for the Professionalising of Protected Area Management, IRF is delivering the MC&Ex project, one of four, for the Education and Learning Work Group chaired by WCPA member Eduard Muller.

At last year’s World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Korea, three months prior to the World Ranger Congress, the IRF had made a commitment to take a lead in this particular aspect of the program. We were able to outline the project and our commitment at Wayne and Moses’ presentation. The ‘Rangers without Borders’ project (Jay Wells and Elaine Thomas) also has a strong connection to this new IRF action.

To make this happen I would be interested to hear from any member association persons who may like to play a small part. In this early stage, the next few months, I will be working on scoping the project. It is intended to introduce each of the four Education & Learning Work Group projects at next year’s World Parks Congress, Sydney Australia. You may like to have a look at the WCPA-IUCN webpage.  If you would like to connect with me and other IRF colleagues on this project let me know via email.

I look forward to hearing from some keen rangers!

Andrew Nixon
Victorian Rangers Association, Australia
[email protected]

Arusha Declaration

Posted on January 20th in Africa, IRF, WRC.

Several participants of the 7th World Ranger Congress have developed a draft Arusha Declaration 2012 (English versionversión Español).  IRF member associations are being invited to provide comments on this draft.  All comments will be reviewed and a final declaration developed for distribution in March – April 2013. Please send your comments or any questions to [email protected] before 28th February 2013.