International events and opportunities

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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):


  •  Interpretation and Junior Ranger Workshop: 9th – 14th April 2019, Switzerland
  •  World Ranger Congress: 11-17 November 2019, Nepal
  •  European Ranger Congress: 11-16 May 2020, Germany

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 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.  Registration is now open – click on the link to view the event website.  If you are a CMA member planning to attend please let us know.


2019 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 is offering 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.


Click to download the full details (including eligibility criteria, anticipated costs of attendance and conditions) and the application form.   The closing date for applications is Sunday 14th April 2019.  For anyone thinking of attending, a list of hotels near the venue has been compiled and shared by a CMA member who is attending.


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 will be held in Germany, in the Bavarian Forest, from 11th to 16th May 2020.  Further details will be posted here as they become available, but keep an eye out for announcements in CMA emails and CMA Facebook group posts.


Interpretation and Junior Ranger Workshop, Switzerland


Hosted by the Swiss Ranger Association from 9th – 14th April 2019 at Uster near Lake Greifensee Nature Reserve, Zurich. The course will be conducted in English and there will also be a chance to visit the only forest nature reserve established for beavers in Switzerland.

Cost 439 CHF (370 Euros) this includes all training; accommodation in the Scout Centre (in shared rooms) and meals. (Drinks are not included).  Uster is only 30 minutes by public transport from Zurich Airport.  Click here to view the event website.