UfR provides a coordinated forum for collaboration between organisations with shared objectives related to:
- the development of best practice for wildlife, marine and forest rangers and wardens
- enhancement of ranger working conditions
UfR membership is open to any willing and capable party that wishes to contribute to a joint effort to benefit rangers and their work where required, anywhere in the world. UfR core functions include the promotion of ranger professionalisation, standards and best practices, partnerships, and where appropriate, employment and welfare conditions.
Creating an effective and efficient forum for collaboration, with a very simple and equitable set of rules of governance that:
- allows for decision-making within time-frames which allow for a positive impact to be made on important real life issues affecting rangers directly or indirectly.
- promoting improved ranger professionalism and job effectiveness through the promotion of accredited training, certification and the recognition of excellence.
- developing international best practice standards and procedures that improve the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of the work of rangers.
- identifying and promoting opportunities for partnerships on ranger-related projects, internationally.
- supporting local or regional ranger associations or federations as well as the International Ranger Federation to reach their goals on ranger issues.
- promoting improved ranger employment and welfare conditions through the publication of global standards.
Different partners and partnerships of UfR will be active in working on one or more of the above aspects of furthering the overall cause. Members will not be expected to participate in all components of the overall initiative but will need to contribute to at least one.
In comparison to ranger federations and associations, which are typically membership based organizations for rangers, UfR provides a focused forum for:
- partnership projects involving rangers, directly or indirectly
- organizations supporting rangers (that aren’t necessarily ranger associations)
UfR thus provides an easy opportunity for organizations and NGOs or individuals with specialist expertise in ranger work, to participate and work together with and for rangers. Individuals and groups do not have to be members of ranger associations to be able to be members of UfR and to contribute to the support of rangers and their work, through one of the UfR endorsed initiatives.
In summary, the purpose of UfR is to:
- increase professionalism and enhance job effectiveness amongst the world’s rangers
- improve the working conditions of rangers, including safety
- give rangers a voice and link to potential supporting partners.
The pillars of the partnership are:
- development of tools, standards and initiatives to support ranger work
- direct and indirect support and lobbying for better working conditions for rangers
- giving rangers on the ground a voice and support.
Membership is free and voluntary, but is restricted to parties who are actively committed to contributing to the purposes of UfR. UfR will not provide direct financing for projects. Members will be free to raise funds for their individual ranger projects, and to use the shared network to form partnerships with other members, and if that particular project falls into UfR mandate then UfR may endorse it.
To apply to join as a member of UfR, send a brief motivation including an outline of what you are doing and/or intending to do for the support of rangers, to the UfR Coordinator, Wayne Lotter, at email@example.com.
Successful applicants will be informed of their membership after a process of introduction and opportunity for comment is provided to the existing members of UfR. Thereafter you will be requested to sign a copy of this document.
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