The CMA provides members with a range of opportunities to take part in international events and initiatives.
Current opportunities (scroll down to see full details):
- European Ranger Congress – Spring 2022, Albania, further details to follow
- World Ranger Congress – 5-9 June 2023, Azores (Portugal)
World Ranger Congress
The IRF World Ranger Congress is a triennial event that brings together rangers from all over the world. It’s a chance to learn new skills, share knowledge, create new partnerships and refresh existing ones. The Congress is also an important forum for debate on issues that affect rangers at a global level. Many national ranger associations are represented at the event and important resolutions are drafted for later presentation at national-level conservation forums. The Congress is also an important opportunity for the host nation to raise the profile of its rangers and their work. The next World Ranger Congress is due to be held in the Azores 5-9 June 2023.
The Portuguese Regional Secretary of Energy, Environment and Tourism, welcomed the choice of the Azores as the host of the 10th International Ranger Federation World Ranger Congress – World Congress of Nature Vigilantes.
The choice of the International Ranger Federation (IRF) was announced on 2 February, by its European-based vice-president, Linda Nunn, during the closing ceremony of the National Meeting of Guardas e Vigilantes da Natureza in the Algarve, Portugal.
“Congratulations to Portugal and the Portuguese Rangers in their successful bid to host the next World Ranger Congress”, said Chris Galliers (President of the international Ranger Federation), “As an archipelago in the mid-Atlantic, it will provide the perfect setting for rangers to tackle frontline issues around marine conservation and climate change.” Marta Guerreiro, believes the World Ranger Congress 2023, is a clear recognition of the growing work done in the region around the conservation of nature and biodiversity, as well as the dignification and enhancement of ranger careers, where ranger corps numbers have increased by 90% in the last three years, meaning that there are now 311 rangers in Portugal, of which 70 are woman.
“The region has 124 land areas classified within the Framework of the Protected Areas Network of the Azores, which corresponds to more than 24% of the archipelago’s Emerso territory. There are also 11 marine protected areas in the Azores totaling 112 635km2. “We are growing our investment into nature conservation, with three LIFE projects running, it represents a direct investment of almost EUR23 million,” added the Regional Secretary.
WORLD RANGER CONGRESS 2023 ANNOUNCEMENT: WHY JUNE? It is spring in the Azores, which means up to 28 species of whales and dolphins can be seen, including the occasional Beaked Whales, Dwarf Sperm Whale, Humpback Whales, Orcas and False Killer Whale. The most common are, Fin Whales, Sei (or Baleen) Whale and largest, the Blue Whale, which come from the south where they spend the winter and have their young and then migrate to Northern Atlantic, which is their summer feeding grounds.
The 9th World Ranger Congress was held in the village of Sauraha (on the border of Chitwan National Park), Nepal between 11th-17th November 2019. Ten CMA members attended the congress, including Derek Evans, who has written this report.
World Ranger Congress Bursary
The International Ranger Federation’s World Ranger Congress is a fantastic opportunity to meet numerous colleagues from all around the world, exchange best practice and ideas and learn from fellow professionals. Attending Congress offers a unique experience, highly valued by many CMA members in the past. Moreover, it can lead to friendships that last a lifetime.
The CMA offered two £750 bursaries towards costs of attending the 2019 World Ranger Congress in Nepal – one for a CMA member and one for a ranger from a developing country.
Will Stewart who works for Norwich City Council at Mousehold Heath, after a competitive selection process, was selected to receive the UK Bursary. He was one of 10 Rangers that attended from the CMA’s regions.
CMA is a pleased to report that it also supported a young ranger from Georgia, Lucine Dostibegiani who works in Algeti National Park, with a similar bursary to attend the 2019 WRC. Following discussions with the European Ranger Federation (ERF) it was decided to ask one Ranger to apply from Serbia, Georgia and Albania. Three applications were received, one from each country and although they were all strong, it was unanimously decided to support Lucine on this occasion.
European Ranger Congress
In one of the years when there is no World Ranger Congress, there is usually a European Ranger Congress instead, which helps to keep the close links between rangers within Europe. One of the European Ranger Associations coordinates the event. So far, Romania, Hungary, Croatia and most recently the Czech Republic, have all hosted the events.
The next European Ranger Congress due to be held in Germany, in the Bavarian Forest, in May 2020 unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The next Congress is now scheduled to be held in Spring 2022 in Albania. Further details will be posted here and on the ERF website as they become available.