Securing Asia’s last forests

What’s more important than training forest rangers to protect threatened wildlife and habitat? Training their supervisors to instruct hundreds more across Asia!

This month, at Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park, FREELAND is training protected area managers from across ASEAN and Bhutan on how to implement best practice park patrolling and management systems.

Asia’s remaining forest reserves face the constant threats of poaching, illegal logging and encroachment. Securing these living forests is crucial to preserving biodiversity, mitigating climate change, and maintaining basic environmental services, such as fresh water.

FREELAND’s signature nature protection training programs are recognized as the regional standard and, with our help, Khao Yai is rapidly becoming a national and regional center of excellence in park management, patrolling and community outreach.

Running from October 4-16, 2010, this groundbreaking protected area management training course is part of a cooperative regional program that FREELAND is implementing to support nature protection through the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network.

By training the region’s instructors, efforts to build park protection capacity have a much broader and long-term impact.

Hosted by Thailand’s National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department, the training is sponsored by USAID and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity.

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