Paraguay has only 83 rangers; it takes 5000
Paraguayan authorities have admitted they only have 83 properly trained park rangers to guard some 2.4 million hectares protected, well below international standards of one per 500 hectares.
The National System of Wildlife Protected Areas (Sinasip) said that given International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recommendations of at least one ranger per 500 hectares, Paraguay should have at least 5 000 of these officials.
Park rangers are part of the most vulnerable line in the fight against illicit actions in national parks, such as marijuana plantations and invasions by the so-called “landless”.
Therefore, Wild Areas need more rangers, for which a budget re-engineering has been done, although further adjustments are still needed. Perhaps the solution lies in hiring more female park rangers.
The International Federation of Park Rangers has declared July 31, 1992 as World Park Rangers Day to honor their work and commitment to maintaining and protecting the world’s natural and cultural treasures.
In this scenario, a task force convened to mark the occasion said Latin America would make progress in gender equality for rangers. After their first meeting last year in Chile, it was agreed that all park rangers should have access to the same rights, benefits and equal opportunities. The gathering included rangers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, from the Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Only 37.9% of the mainland’s rangers have permanent contracts, meaning great job insecurity and instability for the rest, it has been reported.
The working group led by CONAF Chile will continue to meet annually to organize working teams in all countries to advance the world of ranger work with respect to gender equality.