World Ranger Day 2018

World Ranger Day is observed annually on 31st of July and is celebrated by the International Ranger Federation’s (IRF) Member Associations, the Thin Green Line Foundation, and by organizations and individuals who support and acknowledge the work of forestry rangers worldwide. The World Ranger Day also commemorate forestry rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and celebrates the critical work Rangers do to protect our natural treasures.

The first World Ranger Day was observed in 2007 on the 15th anniversary of the founding of IRF. Founded in 1992, the International Ranger Federation (IRF) is a non-profit organization that helps to raise understanding and supports the crucial work that the world’s park rangers do in preserving natural and cultural heritage. The IRF aims to empower rangers by supporting their national or state organizations, or assisting in the establishment of local ranger associations in countries where they do not currently exist. The International Ranger Federation is governed by an elected International Executive Committee (IEC), elected every three years at the World Ranger Congress.

The first World Ranger Day in Bhutan was celebrated in July 2018 in Thimphu. During the event, the membership of Society of Bhutanese Foresters (SBF) to Ranger Federation of Asia was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister. This year, Rangers throughout the Country will be observing the World Ranger Day Celebration on 31st July 2018.

During the celebrations, numerous publications of the Department will be launched including the Druk Rangers, NFI Volume II and policy briefs. Experience sharing speeches will also be made by both retired and serving women foresters, who will be invited to the event. The event is aimed at recognition of women rangers from around the Country. In Bhutan, forestry as a profession was traditionally mostly opted by males due to the nature of job and having to work under harsh conditions and in remote locations in the forest. However, gender participation in forestry profession is slowly changing with time and currently there are 204 technical women rangers serving with the Department of Forests and Park Services.

The tradition of celebration of World Ranger Day will mark yet another milestone in the department’s endeavor to encourage selfless service delivery by the frontline staff who make sacrifices to protect our natural environment.

The event is aimed at recognition of women rangers from around the Country. In Bhutan, forestry as a profession was traditionally mostly opted by males due to the nature of job and having to work under harsh conditions and in remote locations in the forest. However, gender participation in forestry profession is slowly changing with time and currently there are 204 technical women rangers serving with the Department of Forests and Park Services.

The first batch of women in the Forestry service was enrolled in 1996 in the two forestry institutions in Bhutan “ viz the than Bhutan Forestry Institute at Taba for certificate course and College of Natural Resources(CNR) the than Natural Resources Training Institute, Lobesa with Diploma certificate course. Apart from the above Institutions, the Department also have women forester who have studied in Forestry College in India and abroad. Today the Department has 206 women Forester shouldering and sharing the responsibility with the male counterpart at various level.

 

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-DoFPS

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