World Ranger Day
Today we celebrate World Ranger Day.
World Ranger Day is observed annually on the 31st of July, and is promoted by the 54 member associations of the International Ranger Federation (IRF). The first World Ranger Day was observed in 2007 on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the International Ranger Federation. .
It’s estimated there are more than 100,000 reserves, parks and protected areas around the world.
Every day Park Rangers risk their lives to protect wildlife and habitats from poaching and other threats. They are generally under-equipped, underpaid, and because they usually work in remote areas out of the media spotlight, they are often under-appreciated.
Rangers work tirelessly to protect some of the world's most endangered species like tigers, elephants and rhinos—animals that are also among the most widely targeted by poachers for the illegal wildlife trade.
Around the globe, park rangers are on the front line in the fight to protect our natural heritage. World Ranger Day offers a chance to support their vital work, which ranges from environmental campaigning to education. The day is also an opportunity to pay tribute to rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Though we have only recently started Ranger services at various protected areas in the Maldives the work that has been undertaken so far by the Rangers is outstanding and we at BR office slaute all Rangers who are active on duty throughout the Maldives.
Training on mapping with Drones
Staff from Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve Office is scheduled to undergo short term training course on Mapping with drones at the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok from 22 to 26 July 2019.
The training which includes the basics of photogrammetry, integration of GIS for drone map products, surveying methodology and the use of drones in mapping will boost the existing knowledge of mapping at BR Office for monitoring of protected areas.
Watchout our facebook page for more developments on this.
Manta Festival 2018 "Manta Sculpture" winners visit Hanifaru Bay
The Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve Office Team was at Hanifarubay today together with the prize winners of Manta Festival 2018 “sculpture competition”.
19 students and 5 teachers joined the excursion trip to Hanifaru Bay where they gained first hand experience of the work undertaken by the Rangers of Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve in in managing the area, swam with the mantas and learned more information regarding Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve.
The 19 students and 5 teachers of Kendhoo School were delighted to be part of this experience some for the very first time and we look forward to bringing in more students to Hanifaru Marine Protected Area from other schools as well in the near future.