Rangers Congress – Exploring new approaches to conserving nature

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From the 9th to the 13th May, Rangers will be gathered in Czech Republic for the 4th European Ranger Congress of the International Ranger Federation. With the theme “Exploring new approaches to conserving nature” Rangers will have a full-packed congress with keynote speakers, field trips, practical workshops and several opportunities to network with their peers from across the globe.

Rangers will be looking at important topics such as health care, environmental education, Natura 2000 and other legally framed protected areas, training for rangers, cooperation, financial challenges, working with volunteers and digital media.

The full Congress programme can be downloaded here.

In 2010, EUROPARC and IRF signed a memorandum of understanding to better engage the two networks. EUROPARC, since then, as been actively promoting IRF activities and supporting the work of Rangers across Europe. Hence, the EUROPARC Junior Rangers programme will also be highlighted in the Conference in 3 moments:

  • Sára Elion Svobodová, a Junior Ranger from the Litomerice region (CZ) will share her personal experience within the programme
  • Carol Ritchie, EUROPARC Executive Director, will make a presentation on Wednesday and a lead a workshop about the programme

Congress Website: www.erc2017.org

Congress venue: Culture Hall, Na Valech 2028, 412 01 Litomerice; Web: www.mkz-ltm.cz

Deadline for registrations: 21st April

About IRF

The International Ranger Federation (IRF) is a non-profit organization established to raise awareness of and support the critical work that the world’s park rangers do in conserving our natural and cultural heritage. In 2010, the EUROPARC Federation and IRF have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the

Founded in 1992, the IRF has a membership of more than 70 ranger associations from more than 50 countries, on six of the seven continents. The role of the IRF is to empower rangers by supporting their national or state ranger organizations, or assisting in the establishment of local ranger associations in countries where they do not currently exist.