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Get to know more about rangers and join the discussion

Rangers serve under various titles and their work is vast, yet they all work to protect the natural world. Conservation couldn’t happen without them. But what exactly is a ranger, what do rangers do and what are the challenges they face? On the occasion of World Ranger Month, the International Ranger Federation is hosting a webinar to discuss the challenges and solutions concerning gender equality in the ranger workforce. Moreover, in the five-part animated series recently developed by Re:Wild and narrated by Edward Norton, you can get to know rangers, their roles and importance, and the issues they face.

Discussion about gender equality in the ranger workforce

Today, on the 8th of July, the International Ranger Federation will host the Ranger Roundtable Webinar #2: Towards Gender Equality in the Ranger Workforce – Challenges & Solutions. As part of World Ranger Month, this second Ranger Roundtable Webinar will spotlight the first comprehensive and global analysis of the challenges and opportunities for bringing gender equality into Ranger workforces. Through a collaboration between the International Ranger Federation and the Universal Ranger Support Alliance, based on Dr Joni Seager´s research, the webinar will be a good platform to bring together experts in the discussion about how gender equality can become a priority in the ranger work field.

The panel will consist of:

  • Linda Nunn (Welcome) Vice-President International Ranger Federation
  • Jeni Vanhoucke (Moderator), Game Rangers International
  • Joni Seager, Bentley University, author of the gender equality report
  • Anety Milimo, Zambia National Parks and Wildlife
  • Lina Valencia, Re:wild, conservation practitioner
  • Rizwana Aziz, Punjab Wildlife and Parks Department, Pakistan
  • Deepali Deokar, Exploring Womenhood Foundation, India

The webinar is free to attend. If you are interested, register HERE!

Get to know rangers

Episode 1: There is no one definition of a Ranger, and they come from a variety of backgrounds, but they all play a vital role in our lives—and our future. From urban settings to suburban communities to remote areas, Rangers protect the wild.

Episode 2: Rangers are heroes that heal and protect. They rescue wildlife, study and protect the environment, and preserve cultural and historical places. Through chaotic conditions, harsh weather, and ferocious fires, Rangers are first in line to combat natural and human induced threats like predators and disease.

Episode 3: Rangers protect 15% of all land surfaces and 7% of all seas. The value of the services rangers provide is estimated at $125-$140 TRILLION per year. From managing wildlife tourism to preventing illegal poaching and wildlife trade, rangers are the stewards of our most precious resources.

Episode 4: Tough environments. Difficult conditions. Inadequate supplies. Lack of access to clean water. Rangers’ work is not only important, but sometimes dangerous. And they deserve adequate training, access to healthcare, reliable working conditions and better pay and benefits. Get to know the frontline workers of our planet.

Episode 5: Rangers are the frontline workers of our planet. Find out why it’s a Global Ranger Action plan is important to ensure that rangers have what they need to protect natural resources, strengthen communities, ensure equality and equity in the field, bolster the global economy, and support wildlife conservation.

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