Rangers and Eco-Guards are the first and last line of defense for nature. Ensuring that rangers are properly trained and equipped is vital to effectively deterring and prosecuting illegal activities. Further, ranger recruitment offers job opportunities to people from local communities. We are dedicated to community-driven conservation that empowers the disadvantaged to protect their wildlands.

Ongoing and constant training for rangers is a key component of Global Park Defense. Basic patrolling skills, firearm safety, first aid, navigation, and communication are all focal points. Training rangers on new equipment and tactics is imperative. The training also gives rangers the confidence and enthusiasm to embrace the new program. Learning new tactics and how to operate new equipment as a group also builds comradery.

Community Eco-Guards are unarmed guards recruited from the local community. Eco-Guard programs allow us to increase the size of patrol teams, capitalize on local knowledge, recruit young people to complement more experienced rangers, and offer local community members a lawful livelihood. Many Eco-Guards are reformed poachers or loggers.

Management and technical training is equally important. Data from equipment and reports must be handled and assessed competently to provide the best opportunity for rangers and law enforcement to make arrests and interdictions. Meetings between staff should be carried out regularly and equipment and software should be updated often. A manual for general protocols should be developed.