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Did you know that GLOBAL WARMING and CLIMATE CHANGE are NOT the most immediate threat to the conservation of nature? While Al Gore and Tony Blaire battle for saving the world from the disaster of climate change, the world is unaware for the most immediate crisis for the conservation of nature: More than half of the world's rainforests risk disappearing within 2 decades because there are no park  wardens* and rangers to manage them. Without those multi functional custodians of national parks and nature reserves, most wild animals are without protection from poachers and rainforests will be invaded and cut down for agriculture or other production purposes. 

Let's just give you some examples:


A recent inventory of WICE, TNC and the Brazilian Environment Ministry, showed that only about 60 of the about 245 federal nature and forest reserves of Brazil, had any field staff at all, being about one third of the areas and representing less than a quarter of the area of protected land; 


Our good friend, Alberto Paniaguas, the director of PROFUNANPE in Peru, one of the world's most successful trust funds for protected areas, told us that only 50% of the protected areas in Peru has field staff;


Victor Archaga, former director of the protected areas agency of Honduras and current regional coordinator for the Nature Conservancy, told us that there are less than 30 people assigned to Honduras' 100 protected areas;


Renee Gonzales, the director of the Mexican Protected Areas Fund, FANP showed us that only 60% of the protected areas of Mexico have field staff;


The director of the protected areas agency in Angola told us that he had to defend his enormous national parks system against poachers armed with AK47 automatic machine guns with about 500 staff, including the administrative staff. 


The last remaining Mongolian Saiga Antelopes have no park wardens to protect them from poachers who sell their horns on medicinal markets in China.

So what is the problem? Are all those generous donors like the World Bank, the United Nations, and countries like the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, just to name a few, not making generous contributions? Yes they are. But they are restricted by certain policies. In general, these donors can't donate money to finance the hiring of park wardens and other personnel for the government. So they finance very good and useful studies and infrastructure. However, their efforts could be even more beneficial, if the local governments would have the necessary field staff and particularly park wardens and rangers.   

The western world has asked the developing and transition** countries to set aside about 10% of their land as nature reserves, and over the last 20 years, they actually did that! But the conservation world has never properly addressed the consequences of such an increase in protected areas: the need for more staffing. As 2/3 of the costs of a protected area are the cost of the salaries of park wardens and rangers, there is a vast shortage of rangers worldwide. The West hardly contributed anything at all to share in the increased costs to pay for field staff. Abandoned nature reserves everywhere are the result. With the effects of climate change becoming more and more visible they need rangers to protect them from forest fires, poaching, illegal tree cutting, etc. Moreover, they also need to be socially integrated with local communities, so that people will respect and appreciate the nature reserves. This can only be achieved if the protected areas are staffed with enough park wardens and rangers. If the world fails to foresee in the need for park wardens and rangers in the next two decades or so, we fear that a great deal of the progress the world has made over the last decade or so, will be lost after all.  


The effects of Climate Change on nature will be severe, and if we don't immediately start protecting the last remaining wild areas in the world, probably less than half of the wild plant and animal species of the world will have gone extinct before the end of this century. We must take all the measures possible to prevent climate change from getting worse. But what is already in the air, we can't take out and many people believe that climate change already is a fact***. The only way we can reduce the effects of climate change on nature and wildlife is by having the 10% of the world's land mass set aside as protected area, effectively managed and protected. This is only possible when each and each protected area has sufficient and properly trained park wardens and other field staff.  


Adopt A Ranger, AAR is an innovative initiative to draw worldwide public attention to the most urgent problem that conservation is facing in developing and transition countries: protected areas without field staff. Very specifically, it will contribute to solving the problem by fund raising to finance rangers in the field. It will also help governments in developing and transition countries to assess realistic staffing needs and staffing strategies. 

Adopt A Ranger has as its mission to support the conservation of nature worldwide, particularly by:

  1. financing the salaries and operational costs of "national park rangers" and comparable officials whose task it is to protect natural areas and to serve the stakeholder public of the protected area to which they be assigned; and

  2. promoting public interest in the conservation of protected areas in developing countries.

There is no doubt that protected areas in developed countries also suffer from ranger deficits and we would like to mention the severe shortage of all European Mediterranean countries, that have the highest biodiversity in Europe. While Adopt A Ranger focuses on the needs of developing and transition countries, any individual or organization can use Adopt A Ranger to finance park wardens or rangers for any protected area in any country of the world! 

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* We use the term park warden in stead of park ranger as on this page the google search word is park warden. But there is no distinction intended between either term.

** The "transition" countries are the former communist countries whose economies are now in transition. 

*** Climate change: Fact of fiction. Read what Adopt A Ranger has to say about it.






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The Adopt A Ranger website is part of an integrated net of nature conservation information websites. The following table lists the latest news on those combined websites: 

Shop on line Click here.
More than 500 new nature  photos Click here.
Great new indian summer photos of Aspen in Wasatch National Forest.
Completed and corrected lists of al bird species in Franšais, Deutsch, Nederlands, Espa˝ol.      

We uploaded more than 100 photos on national Parks on our Album Share yours too! Click here

Follow us on Facebook with daily updates
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Follow us on LinkedIn with daily updates
Free open source ILWIS 3.6 has a brand new images import and export module. Download it now.
Fabulous packing lists for travelers for different kinds of destinations (jungle, mountains, beach, cities, etc.)  and travel types (car, plane, back packing, etc.) To the lists.
Forum entry on travel info, like countless phone numbers and links to airlines, great booking sites, etc, for several countries. Click here
Album entry on the forum where you can upload species of birds, plants, mammals etc. that you want identified. Click here
We made a page on essentials for simple hand-held GPS
New countries: Cape Verde, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea  Sao Tome & Principe; Seychelles
Birdlists of all West African countries updates
WICE analyses the conservation status of the Godwit for the World Bank: Wintering grounds of entire population will disappear in Guinea Bissau. Read more.......
Run ILWIS on Linux.
Nature Worldwide forums heavily spammed and cleaned. Read more......
ILWIS downloads from ILWIS.ORG since initiation surpassed 10.000!
Collaboration with Bo Beolens' famous fatbirder website
New tables for all major countries in South America
Updated GIS software review on GIS4BIOLOGISTS
Posting on Natuurlijke Procesgang in de Oostvaarders Plassen (in Dutch)
Posting on effect to oxygen production and carbon fixation by trees and forests
A downloadable pdf with the text of the entire Adopt A Ranger website
A completely renewed computer software and service page with lots of free software
Unsere Deutsche Řbersetzung von Adopt A Ranger macht gute Vortschritte
The data on protected areas have been re-loaded
Updated reviews of free software
US Government kills Yellowstone National Park bisons or buffaloes
"Slaughtering of Seals in Namibia": Take a look at a long ignored nature management issue

Fatbirder's Top 500 Birding Websites


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