Extraordinary action for protected areas recognised by International Ranger Awards – Press release

Five particular person rangers and four ranger groups obtained awards, in a virtual award ceremony bringing alongside one another ranger champions and supporters from close to the entire world. The winners perform throughout Bhutan, Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa and Ukraine. Every single winner or winning workforce gets US$10,000 to help the secured and conserved areas where they function, and a customized uniform patch to signify their accomplishment.

The winners of the 2023 IUCN WCPA Global Ranger Awards have been recognised for their amazing achievements the judges ended up astonished and moved by their tales. The winners are also ambassadors for the 286,000 dedicated girls and guys in the international family members of rangers, whose services on our behalves ought to not be taken for granted,” said Mr Michael Appleton, Vice Chair of the IUCN WCPA Potential Development Thematic Team and Director of Guarded Spot Administration at Re:wild.

These prizes express recognition by the Worldwide Rangers Awards partners: the Global Ranger Federation, Universal Ranger Help Alliance, Conservation Allies, Re:wild and the International Tiger Initiative.

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Harriet Brooker, IUCN Media Relations, Cell: +44 7960 241862, [email protected]

Notes to editors

The winners of the 2023 IUCN-WCPA International Ranger Awards are:

  • Anton Mzimba, Timbavati Private Character Reserve, South Africa
  • Cristian Andrés Vásquez Bermúdez, Reserva Proaves El Dorado, Colombia
  • Fetiya Ousman, Babile Elephant Sanctuary, Ethiopia
  • Ismael Gálvez Gálvez, El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, Mexico
  • Maria Bernadete Silva Barbosa, Brazil 
  • Biological Corridor 3 Ranger Group (10 users), Bhutan
  • Royal Belum Point out Park ‘Menraq’ Workforce (5 users), Malaysia
  • Desniansko-Starohutskyi Countrywide Character Park Ranger Workforce (9 customers), Ukraine
  • Tubbataha Reefs Pure Park Ranger Team (4 customers), Philippines

Anton Mzimba – Awarded in recognition of an exemplary vocation as a ranger and inspirational leader.

Above 25 a long time, Anton Mzimba rose via the ranks to develop into Head of Ranger Providers at Timbavati. His profession was marked by selfless commitment, courage in the facial area of threats and threat, and loyalty to his workforce and the safeguarded spot. His perseverance, management and dedication to finding lasting alternatives to the threats to the location have attracted intercontinental acclaim, and his own story has motivated the subsequent generation of Indigenous conservationists to observe in his footsteps.

The tragic murder of Anton Mzimba in July 2022 stunned the earth. His legacy lives on amid all those he motivated, and in the destinations and with the animals he liked.

Cristián Andrés Vásquez Bermúdez – Awarded for perseverance, leadership and accomplishment in researching and conserving just one of the most biodiverse sites on earth.

Coming from humble beginnings and conquering extreme troubles, Cristián Andrés Vásquez Bermúdez has risen to grow to be head ranger of El Dorado Fowl Reserve. With his tiny staff, he has endured threats to his existence, when properly tackling poaching, encroachment and forest fires in 1 of the most biodiverse and irreplaceable spots on earth. As a self-taught qualified naturalist, he is instrumental in preserving several species from extinction and to identifying new and misplaced species.

Cristián shares his enthusiasm and care with the regional neighborhood, working with community kids and community members to share the miracles of nature and the fruits of his team’s get the job done.

Fetiya Ousman – Awarded for superb resoluteness and leadership, as a head ranger and a pioneer for gender equality.

Fetiya Ousman efficiently and productively prospects a team of 60 rangers addressing poaching, encroachment and human wildlife conflict in Babile Elephant Sanctuary until eventually not too long ago she was the only woman member of the team. She has defeat cultural and private problems all through her occupation and has introduced new approaches to peaceably addressing the threats faced by the Sanctuary.

Her brief wit, attention to element and loyalty to the office have endeared her to her colleagues, and her competent, effective interaction and battle for gender equality have motivated a lot more female rangers to be a part of the workforce from the group.

Ismael Gálvez Gálvez – Awarded in recognition of much more than 40 years’ assistance as a ranger devoted to safeguarding a unique ecosystem and marketing mutual belief amongst regional inhabitants and park rangers.

A nearby group member, Ismael Gálvez Gálvez was the 1st ranger appointed to El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in 1980. For much more than 40 several years he has devoted himself to shielding the place, acting as a dependable mediator in times of conflict, assisting nearby communities in time of hardship, and guiding and inspiring generations of learners and scientists.

Ismael’s really hard perform and commitment to peace and cooperation have attained common respect among the his colleagues, site visitors, scientists and the communities of El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve.

Maria Bernadete Silva Barbosa – Awarded for inspirational support to marine protected spot management.

Right after 35 many years of committed do the job in Marinho dos Abrolhos National Park, Maria Bernadete Silva Barbosa has develop into a symbol for the advertising of marine conservation in Brazil. She has triumph over own tragedy to turn into a leader and inspiration in guarding, patrolling and monitoring the Park.

She also works with her team, with fishers, community members, small children, scientists and readers to understand, converse and regard the values of the park. Her deep understanding of the location has enabled early detection of new threats these as coral bleaching.

Her tale and her achievements have gained immense neighborhood respect and countrywide and international acclaim.

Biological Corridor 3 Ranger Crew (10 associates) Awarded in recognition of big achievements in defending tigers, other threatened species and their habitats.

Working in distant and typically harmful territory, the Corridor 3 ranger crew has shown long lasting and deep dedication to their work, using satisfaction in serving the neighborhood, conserving the natural natural environment, and safeguarding the tigers and other threatened species it supports.

They have contributed immensely towards minimising wildlife poaching, preventing unlawful trade of wildlife products and mitigating human-wildlife conflict in the area, although also conducting exemplary checking and group education do the job.

Royal Belum State Park ‘Menraq’ Workforce – Awarded for exemplary achievements in group led conservation of tigers.

‘Menraq’ is a team shaped to mobilise the Indigenous Jahai group to protect the Malayan Tiger. They patrol the distant and hazardous landscapes of the Park, working with present day technological innovation and common expertise to check wildlife, gather evidence of unlawful activities and prevent poachers. The group has secured a voice in the administration of the Park, developing knowledge between the Park administration and their group.

Their determination has led to an increase in tiger quantities in the Park and has been instrumental in Royal Belum State Park remaining awarded the Conservation Confident Tiger Specifications (CATS) in March 2023, the initial this kind of web page in Southeast Asia.

Desniansko-Starohutskyi Nationwide Nature Park Ranger Workforce – Awarded for excellent commitment to conservation via peace-time and war.

For over 20 yrs, the females and adult males working in Desniansko-Starohutskyi Nationwide Character Park have prevail over challenging financial, content, social, legal and administrative worries to realize high amounts of defense for the Park’s biodiversity-prosperous wetlands and grasslands, a essential refuge for tens of countless numbers of migrating geese.

Workforce customers continued to conduct their duties with selfless dedication in the encounter of war. Throughout a thirty day period of profession, they proven the Park as a humanitarian hub, helping nearby people. Subsequent liberation, they have resumed functions in the face of continuous hazard, of shelling of their park infrastructure and of new threats to the Park.

Tubbataha Reefs Pure Park Ranger Staff – Awarded for focused services and determination as maritime rangers.

Centered on a distant island in Tubbataha Reefs Purely natural Park, the ranger crew, all regional neighborhood customers, life in isolation for prolonged intervals significantly from their families and from aid. They have persevered in the deal with of COVID-19, own issues, typhoons, injuries, illness, and threats.

Along with maritime study and monitoring, and assisting and educating people, the workforce operates tirelessly to intercept unlawful fishers, and voluntarily helps in the training and rehabilitation of offenders. As a final result of their perform, originally resistant nearby communities have now been encouraged to support the park.