ASEAN eyes on ranger training

A demonstration forest patrol and counter-poaching training course involving 20 Thai rangers is being conducted by FREELAND at Khao Yai National Park from November 9-23, 2009.

Senior forest protection officials from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines and Thailand are observing the course and will seek to replicate efforts to build patrolling capacity in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries throughout Southeast Asia.

Southeast Asia’s forests are home to a rich biodiversity of wildlife and rangers are tasked with protecting vast vulnerable areas. With poachers often crossing borders to illegally cut timber and hunt for increasingly rare wildlife, a regional approach to equipping rangers with the skills they need to patrol safely and effectively is crucial.

FREELAND is one of the most experienced providers of wildlife law enforcement training in Asia. Our comprehensive multi-language Training Program rapidly builds the capacity of front-line authorities to prevent, detect and respond to crimes against nature – protecting biodiversity and ecosystems for the future of the planet.

FREELAND thanks Thailand’s National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network and USAID for making this groundbreaking demonstration training possible.

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