Foreign training for rangers mooted
INTERNATIONAL RANGER Federation can provide training to Indian rangers and forest staff which would facilitate conservation of Indian wildlife but this needs to be financially supported by Central and State governments, stated Warringine Park, Morington Peninsula Australia Park, Ranger Sean Willmore, here today.india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 15:42 IST
INTERNATIONAL RANGER Federation can provide training to Indian rangers and forest staff which would facilitate conservation of Indian wildlife but this needs to be financially supported by Central and State governments, stated Warringine Park, Morington Peninsula Australia Park, Ranger Sean Willmore, here today.
He added Indian Rangers could exchange ideas with international community and vice versa. Sean said that the trend around the world indicates that we are losing the battle for conservation and this is sad reality.
He opined, “If we do not act now it will be too late and the picture is bleak.” He said that we are losing the battle of conservation due to lack of community support.
Sean Willmore who is making a documentary on park rangers was addressing the media in the City today at the Forest Rest House at Navratan Baag. Besides the work of making documentary, which focuses on human story of park rangers, Sean was also interested in attending a Hindu wedding of a Ranger’s son in the City today evening.
Comparing Indian rangers with their Australian counterparts he said that the similarities outnumber differences in the job, Australian rangers are also not paid well and Indian ranger is also not paid fairly.
Sean was of the view that pay of rangers is not the top priority rather their priority was to be funded better for conservation works. However, Australian rangers do not carry out commercial activities, he said.
He further said that challenge for Indian community is hard one. He averred `the only hope I see is community combined with NGOs doing work jointly’. India has more problems due to over population and poverty which makes the rangers job difficult in India, said Sean.
He revealed that the focus of his documentary was to depict the work done by rangers. He further said that hierarchy of forest officers is stringent in India.
Ranger is caught between conflict of conservation and humanitarian needs hence his job is not simple, he quipped. He was of the opinion that community needs to be more supportive of rangers’ work.
Rangers have to be social engineers and social thinkers to achieve the aim of conservation. Rangers who are struggling on the forefront of conservation need support of community and government, opined Sean.
Aim of Sean’s documentary is to highlight the work being done by rangers around the globe with hope of support for conservation. Sharing his experience in India he said that he had been to Bandhavgarh and filmed work of rangers at Mehar.
He revealed that he spotted a tiger, deer and Sambhar at Bandhavgarh and along with this he also saw the census work being carried out by rangers.
He informed that he had met about 10 rangers at Indore and 60 forest officials in India. His documentary will be premiered in Scotland in June 2006 at International Rangers Congress. Sean disclosed that he has covered six continents and the countries covered by him include Argentina, Costa Rica, USA, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Uganda, India and Australia etc.
He informed that his work of filming documentary in India was over. Rangers Association Madhya Pradesh President DK Dubey said on the occasion that Indian rangers are performing lot of duties still they are poorly paid and besides this there is no recognition for their work.
He regretted that rangers’ job has been marred by stagnation. It takes 30 years for promotion from the post of ranger to Assistant Conservator of Forest, he informed.
He suggested that technical persons should be engaged in making of working plan. He regretted that maximum expenditure of the establishment is on Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers.
First Published: Jan 23, 2006 15:42 IST