The Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining through the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) and its cooperating partners: African Parks Network, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi, and Wildlife Action Group would like to announce the World Ranger Day commemoration which falls on 31st July.
Malawi joins the international community in this noble cause and this year’s World Ranger Day is commemorated under the theme ‘Let us all stand for and support the Ranger’. This is the day where rangers who are killed or injured in the line of duty are remembered, and the work that rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures celebrated.
In the past few years the high level of illegal wildlife trade ,due to rising demand in ivory and other wildlife products in the Far East, coupled with low risk and high returns to traffickers, fuelled poaching and illegal ivory trafficking in many African countries including Malawi.
In response to this scourge, the Government of Malawi in partnership with its cooperating partners has taken a number of strategic actions which have included wildlife reintroductions in depleted protected areas, stiffening of the wildlife legislation, strengthening law enforcement (court monitoring, investigations, legislation handbook, sentencing guidelines), awareness creation and, recruitment and training of additional rangers.
These strategies are bearing positive fruits and are being lauded globally. Indeed, Malawi is now a star performer in this fight against wildlife crime. As the public may appreciate, in the frontline of all these initiatives, stand the rangers who risk their lives. Over the years many rangers have been injured or killed while in the line of duty here in Malawi. In the recent past, a soldier from the British Army lost his life while on a patrol in Liwonde National Park. This is a clear indication of the risks these rangers take and the passion they have for their work.
It is, therefore, important for society at large, to support the noble cause that the rangers are fighting for.
LET US ALL RISE UP AND SUPPORT THE RANGER!