Park rangers from across Asia completed an intensive counter poaching operations training course today under FREELAND‘s new U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded program called ARREST (Asia’s Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking).
More than 50 park rangers from Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Laos and Thailand trained together for two weeks under the guidance of FREELAND’s expert instructors at Khao Yai National Park’s Regional Nature Protection Training Center in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand. Participants included a woman from Indonesia’s SPORC (Satuan Polisi Hutan Reaksi Cepat – Rapid Reaction Forest Police) Brigade, the first female officer to be trained through ARREST.
Designed to dramatically improve the security of Asia’s remaining forest reserves through enhanced patrolling and law enforcement, FREELAND’s signature PROTECT (Protected area Operational and Tactical Enforcement Conservation Training) course delivers best practice training in navigation, patrolling, first aid, reconnaissance, raids, takedowns, arrest, search, crime scene processing, and other skills park rangers need to do their job safely and effectively.
With support from USAID, the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity, the ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network (ASEAN-WEN), and other ARREST partners, this course will be adapted and delivered across Asia during the next five years to strengthen defenses for forests under attack from poachers, illegal loggers, and land encroachment.
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