World Ranger Day is celebrated worldwide on July 31st to commemorate Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and to celebrate the work Rangers do to protect the planet’s natural treasures and cultural heritage.
Let’s pause for a moment to reflect on the courage and sacrifice that Rangers make; by honouring Fallen Rangers and standing with Rangers who bravely undertake their role on the frontline.
World Ranger Day is an International Ranger Federation initiative promoted together with The Thin Green Line .
The 2023 World Ranger Day theme is ’30 by 30‘ based on the 2022 United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15), where a Global Biodiversity Framework was agreed upon by world leaders and decision-makers. Target 3 outlined a requirement that at least 30 per cent of the planet is effectively conserved and managed by 2030 (’30 by 30’).
This target cannot be achieved without adequately resourced and trained area-based workforce.
At the forefront of this workforce are rangers and protected area workers, encompassing state employed personnel, Indigenous peoples, community and voluntary guardians, and personnel of privately managed areas. Their work includes protection, conservation, monitoring, visitor services, fire management, law enforcement, education, community support, and regulation of sustainable use.
IRF President Chris Galliers’ 2023 WRD Message
Force for Nature 30 x 30 Video
2023 World Ranger Day Toolkit
Whether you’ve organised a local event for the day, or you want to print a sign for your social media photos, there are many ways to help promote World Ranger Day using these resources and the “I/We Stand with the World’s Rangers” posters, check out the 10 Ways to Celebrate World Ranger Day link below.
This year we have a range of World Ranger Day resources you can download, you can download the complete WRD Toolkit, or individual elements of the Toolkit via the links below.
- 2023 WRD Complete Toolkit – 20MB
- 10 Ways to Celebrate World Ranger Day – 5.4MB
- IRF President Chris Galliers’ 2023 WRD Message – 122MB
- 2023 World Ranger Date Statement (English, French and Spanish) 1MB
- 2023 WRD Roll of Honour Pack (PDF and JPG) – 8.4MB
- 2023 WRD I/We Stand Pack in English, Spanish and French (PDF and JPG) – 2.9MB
- Force for Nature 30 x 30 Video (English)
- Force for Nature 30 x 30 Video (Spanish)
- Force for Nature 30 x 30 Video (French)
- I am a Ranger Video
IRF Board of Directors 2023 World Ranger Day Messages
- Andy Davies – IRF Secretary
- Andy Wright – North America
- Jolene Nelson – Oceania Representative
- Leonel Delgado – Central America Representative
- Rohit Singh – Asia Regional Representative
- Urs Reif – European Regional Representative
- Monica Alvarez – IRF Development Officer
- Amon Koutoua – Africa Regional Representative
- Werhner Atoche Montoya – South America Regional Representative
Thin Green Line 2023 World Ranger Day Videos
- World Ranger Day 2023 Video – English
- World Ranger Day 2023 Video – French
- World Ranger Day 2023 Video – Spanish
- Episode 1 What is a Ranger
- Episode 2 Roles of a Ranger
- Episode 3 Why are Rangers so Important
- Episode 4 Rangers deserve more
- Episode 5 The Ranger Solution
Click the images below for a preview of the 2023 World Ranger Day Rolls of Honour.
2023 World Ranger Day Video (Thin Green Line)
I am a Ranger Video
Previous World Ranger Day Resources
View select past WRD highlights, including video messages from HRH Prince William and Dr. Jane Goodall.