Scholarships Provide Chances for Young European Conservationists!

by CMA Admin  

In cooperation with the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S., EUROPARC Federation awards the Alfred Toepfer Natural Heritage Scholarships to three young promising conservationists with practical experience in the field of conservation and in the work of Protected Areas. The scholarships are given every year to the value of 3.000 EUR each to fund a study visit to one or more Protected Areas in a European country beyond the student“s home country. Registrations should be made by 1st May at the following:

These have been won by CMA members in the past so there's help and advice available within the Association for any aspiring candidates.
* - "Young" is usually regarded as under 35!

European Ranger Training Seminar - Croatia - 13-17th May

by CMA Admin  

1st. May closing date for registration on the above seminar is fast approaching. So far there are 11 CMA/SCRA members attending from UK.

We are travelling 13 May Stansted to Pula and return flight 17 May (though some staying on for visiting other parks)Cost of flight as of this morning was £33 each way.

Over 100 delegates have already registered from about 30 countries in Europe.

Cost of the seminar is abour 250euros.
Seminar language is English

Full details on

Hope some more UK colleagues decide to join us.

European Ranger Seminar - Croatia May 13-17 2014

by CMA Admin  

Hello European Ranger Friends!

The IRF 3rd European Rangers Seminar is on!!!...

CROATIA, Brijuni National Park, Hotel Neptun/ Istra, 13th - 17th May 2014

And we need you and your Rangers there!!!

You will network, learn, converse, teach and present ....and even have some good times with your Ranger colleagues and friends from across Europe.

It's only 200 Euros for all your accommodation, food, field trips, workshops during the 5 day seminar.

The Thin Green Line Foundation will reimburse up to 200 Euros for fuel per vehicle, containing at least 4 registered rangers.
So if you register and drive there with at least 4 rangers , present your receipts and you're reimbursed up to 200 Euros
Valid for the first 25 claims

Please send this invitation to ALL your European Ranger contacts form Spain to Russia, Iceland to Albania.

Please contact me too if you can help sponsor a fellow Rangers registration from a developing country, or you seek support.

Registration and info here:

There is also the opportunity to become involved making presentations in the workshops.

Attached is a letter of support for you to show employers, to help you to attend.

I hope we see you all there, representing your country and sharing your critical work for Nature.

Please send this around.

Kindest Regards

Sean Willmore

The IRF president attached a letter to his email - but some servers may block the attachment.
If you would like a copy of the letter - or any other information about travel to the Seminar then please contact either Roger Cole or Ian Brooker

International Ranger Federation

World Ranger Day 31st July 2013

by CMA Admin  

On Wednesday 31st July 2013 at Losehill Hall, Castleton, Derbyshire, a plaque will be unveiled to commemorate the inauguration of the International Ranger Federation (IRF) which took place at Losehill Hall on July 31st 1992.
Three Ranger Associations; the Association of Countryside Rangers now Countryside Management Association (CMA); the United States Association of National Park Rangers and the Scottish Countryside Rangers Association were the founding fathers of the IRF and it is very fitting that this plague will serve as a continuing reminder to the foresight of those people that helped to set up such a worthwhile and significant Association.

This is why July 31st has been chosen to remind us all about World Rangers remembering those that have made the ultimate sacrifice and to celebrate what is being achieved by so few ? the thin green line!

If you would like to make an individual donation towards the cost of the plaque (total cost £182.10) please see below for details of how to make a payment to the CMA. Already £60 has been pledged.

Grateful thanks to Gordon Miller, who was then the Chairman of ACR, for having the inspiration and foresight to organise this plaque.

If you are inspired by what is going on in the World Ranger stage then why not think about organising something for World Ranger Day 2014. Please let me know if you need any help or if you are planning on doing something.
Many thanks

Financial details to make a contribution to CMA :-
Bank Name: The Co-Operative Bank
Sort code: 08 92 99
Account no: 65275744
Reference: IRF PLAQUE

7th World Ranger Congress (2012)

by CMA Admin  

264 delegates from 40 countries came together at Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge in Arusha, Tanzania from 4th to 9th November for the 7th World Ranger Congress.

Delegates made the most of social events such as a cultural night and evening videos, building connections throughout the international ranger family which will remain as people return home.

An indisputable highlight of the week was the field trips, with those going to Ngorongoro Crater the prizewinners as they witnessed lions take down a buffalo right in front of their eyes!

The program included a great variety of inspiring keynote speakers, field-based presentations and workshops tackling the Working Towards Healthy Parks, Dealing With Hungry People themes of: making it happen; marketing & networking; challenges facing protected areas; capacity building; and ranger challenges & solutions.

From all that was shared through the congress (formally and informally), it seems apparent that around the world protected areas and the rangers working in the field to look after them are coming under greater levels of threats than ever before. Additionally, those threats are accelerating at an unprecedented rate.

We are seeing attacks on wildlife; attacks on the jobs of rangers; threats to the careers of rangers; and on protected areas by competing land uses etc. There are many hungry people.

An approach of ?business as usual? is not going to address the threats we are facing. If we want to improve the situation, or in fact simply maintain the position we are in today without it becoming any worse, we need to adapt our responses. It?s about aiming high, and then giving it our best shot.

Through the congress we saw that many associations, and other organisations, are working hard and achieving wins. They are out there tackling issues and projects locally, and internationally.

What we?re not doing so well though is sharing the stories of what?s happening out there on the ground, providing the opportunities to learn from each other in a tangible way, and to draw the inspiration from others ? which then motivates us to keep up our own efforts.

A world ranger congress is a perfect place for sharing our stories. But of course a congress is only every few years, and only the people who are here. The next step is to ensure we are all actively using mechanisms such as the IRF website to continue sharing our challenges and achievements and inspiring each other to try new things.

A prevailing message throughout the sessions was the value, and indeed the necessity, of partnerships and collaborative working relationships. Our best achievements come when we are working together. We saw partnerships between protected areas and communities, partnerships between member associations, partnerships between associations and other organisations, and partnerships between other organisations and the broader vision of the IRF.

From this it became clear that if we hope to achieve big things, such as tackling the accelerating threats on our parks and our colleagues, we need to actively foster high level partnerships, such as with government agencies, international NGO?s, and the IUCN.

The congress consistently confirmed that we have a demonstrated strength in field operations, and an increasing strength in providing field support to our colleagues. This is not surprising, as we are rangers after all. It?s important that we hang on to these strengths and continue to build on them, for example through Rangers without Borders. We also need to go beyond our field-based comfort zone and towards effective representation and long term support or improvements, taking on the role of driving force from a high level and strategic perspective.

Another prevailing theme was commercial conservation crime internationally, with an extensive illicit trade in wildlife products ? elephant, rhino, tigers, marine life . . . and vultures at a more local level. To tackle this massive problem requires communication and action across regions, and multi-level action . . . from better equipping patrols on the ground, right through to advocacy and lobbying with international governments such as the EU parliament, the UN, Interpol etc. As with most things, this is certainly not something we can tackle alone.

Capacity building! . . . another common theme. And one which has in fact been common to all World Ranger Congresses. We as the international ranger community have long since recognised the importance of rangers having sufficient skills, knowledge and resources, something which is still insufficient in many areas. We saw through the congress that the IRF is partnering with the WCPA on their Global Partnership for Professionalizing Protected Areas (GPPPAM) as one of the means to improve this situation.

Back to hungry people . . . rangers and protected areas are an integral part of society, subject to the social and economic influences of the day. An understanding of these interactions is fundamental for achieving conservation outcomes. Effective collaboration. To ignore this, and to ignore our neighbours and to not consider this wherever we work, is to our own detriment.

In conclusion ? we saw various examples of delivery happening, and potentially happening, mainly through partnerships and collaboration. The take home message from the 7th World Ranger Congress: ?Let?s pull together and work together as much as possible!?

Our thanks to everyone who helped us make the 7th World Ranger Congress the great week it was.

Congress Organising Team

8th World Ranger Congress will be in 2016 in USA (Rocky Mts)

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