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blog2Unfortunately the second African Ranger Congress due to be hosted in Kasane, Botswana in 2020 had to be postponed due to COVID-19. Further details will be available in due course. The first ever African Ranger Congress was facilitated by the Game Rangers' Association of Africa at the Southern African Wildlife College in 2018. 

The main theme for this event was to build effective capabilities and support systems for Rangers across Africa. It was endorsed by the International Ranger Federation and supported by the Thin Green Line Foundation. 105 rangers from 15 different African countries gathered to share their experiences. Learnings were taken to the World Ranger Congress in Nepal 2019 and the Rangers present drafted the first ever African Ranger Congress Declaration which is detailed below.

A Call to Action....

We, the Rangers of Africa hereby declare that, as nature’s protectors and custodians we remain fully committed to efficiently and effectively carry out our duties, to the very best of our ability and with absolute integrity, to safeguard natural resources and wild spaces for the benefit of present and future generations.

While recognising the importance of wildlife and the critical role it plays in contributing towards livelihoods and the socio-economic development of Africa, we as Rangers stand united to overcome the significant threats that compromise life itself.

However, to achieve this honourable mission, Rangers are faced with a variety of challenges and limiting factors on a day to day basis, which impede our success.

Therefore, it was resolved at the inaugural African Ranger Congress that to overcome these serious challenges and limitations we urgently need to address the following:

  • Strengthening effective and efficient leadership at all levels.
  • The development of a comprehensive set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) appropriate to the role of a Ranger in all aspects of his/her work.
  • Provision of adequate support to Ranger well-being and welfare.
  • The provision of adequate and on-going capacity building at all levels.
  • The provision of adequate operational support.
  • Improved local, national and global exposure to our cause.
  • The promotion of good collaboration and co-operation between African nations to enable conservation efforts at a pan-African level.

To achieve this, we must identify high level champions for conservation who can generate the political will and engagement, which is required to support these endeavours.

Furthermore, we need to have a reinforced judicial process to support the Rangers themselves and their cause.

Finally, all African Rangers wish to recognise and appreciate the importance and significance of all cooperating partners.

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