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on 27 Jul, 14:01

World Rangers Day 2017

This is a private event. To attend, please contact Justine Vaz.

In conjunction with World Rangers Day 2017, the PA Financing Project is gathering over 60 rangers and officers from protected area agencies in Malaysia to participate in a special WRD 2017 in Penang. This is only the third year in a row in which rangers and other PA frontliners in Malaysia are gathering. The first two events were held in Crocker Range National Park, Sabah and Kubah National Park, Sarawak. WWF Malaysia took the lead in organizing the programmes with funding support from the Project.

This year, the PERHILITAN Worker’s Union (Kesatuan Pekerja-pekerja Jabatan Perhilitan) is taking the lead in organizing the event and the event is fully supported by the PA Financing Project. The theme they have chosen is “Unsung Heroes of the Forest” – and accordingly the programme that features rangers that have distinguished themselves through exceptional mastery of key specializations as well as those that have experienced and triumphed over adversity in the course of carrying out their duties.

These sharing sessions play a role in cultivating pride in this vocation, boosting morale and fostering bonds of solidarity among rangers working in the frontiers and frontlines of Sabah and Sarawak and the jungles and coasts of Peninsular Malaysia. This is part of the aim of the project to build common standards and the vision of a single National Framework for protected area management in Malaysia and also supporting agencies to build capacity among their staff.

In honouring rangers on World Rangers Day, we are hoping to provide a window for the general public to appreciate the work done by rangers to protect wildlife and our dwindling protected areas. We would like to partner the press in this objective and are inviting feature writers to attend the sharing sessions which will take place on at the Orchid Room, Bayview Hotel Penang on Sunday, 30 July 2017 (from 8.00 am to 1.00 pm). Lunch will be provided.

The session will provide the opportunity to listen to the presentations and to observe some of the discussions among rangers that follow. In addition, there will be opportunities to do face to face interviews with the rangers outside of the scheduled programme. We hope that the programme will provide the opportunity to gain insights into the lives of rangers and a greater appreciation of what is being done to protect Malaysia’s parks, sanctuaries and reserves.

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