What's PAWA doing
A part of PAWAs charter is to undertake projects that improve the professional standards and recognition of PAWA members and to assist our colleagues elsewhere in the world to raise their standards of knowledge and skills so that they are better equipped to undertake their duties as protected area workers.
Below are briefs for the projects that PAWA is currently undertaking and links (where available) to more detailed information and updates.
PAWA is always open to suggestions from members on other ways to fulfil our charter.
PAWA is working with the PAMS Foundation to help equip community rangers in the transborder Selous - Niassa Wildife Corridor of Tanzania and Mozambique. In April 2010, PAWA supplied 1st aid kits, GPSs, digital cameras, batteries and chargers to PAMS for their work in helping to protect the largest elephant, buffalo and sable populations in Africa
Ranger Exchange Program
PAWA is working with the Office of Environment and Heritage to develop an endorsed international ranger exchange program.
Argentinian Park Ranger Olalla Martinez worked as a volunteer in NSW National Parks in 2010, hosted by PAWA and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). See her story here:
Ranger Dependants Fund
The Ranger Dependants Fund is a joint IRF - IUCN initiative, and supported by the Thin Green Line Foundation, to raise funds for the families of those Rangers who are killed or permanently injured whist carrying out their duties as protected area workers. The Fund is specifically assisting those families from nations that have no mechanism for compensation or security following the death or permanent injury of a Ranger.
PAWA has undertaken to hold at least one event annually where all funds raised will go exclusively to the Ranger Dependants Fund. One event will be held on World Ranger Day, the 31st of July, each year.
Conservation in Jamaica
Illegal harvesting of fish and shrimp by poisoning with pesticides, herbicides, sometimes even bleach and explosives is a major problem to water quality, the aquatic ecology, and the lives of the locals who depend on the river. When the fish are sold to restaurants the poison is not detected! A local project run by The Nature Conservancy has so far trained 22 wardens from local communities who can act as ex-efficio fisheries officers working with the Jamaican constabulary and Government fisheries officers. They will also help to educate their communities and ultimately create a sustainable enforcement network in the watershed. PAWA has agreed to help with a request from TNC to supply uniforms for these keen new wardens.
Profiles of Rangers from around the world...the face of the Thin Green Line; the people who protect the most special places of this planet against the forces of development, encroachment, poaching, climate change and more; that threatens these places very existence