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blog2Due to COVID-19 we have held virtual AGMs for the past two years. While we have missed seeing members in person, these virtual meetings have enbaled more members from across the African content and the rest of the world to participate. 

Over 40 members joined us from across Africa for our 2021 AGM, held in November. Countries represented included Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Mozambique, Côte d'Ivoire, DRC, South East Asia, Malawi, Nigeria, Ireland and South Africa. What a turn-out!

We also welcomed several of our older members who proved rangers really can do it all - showing off their technical skills. It was very special to have both John Forrest and Ivan Steytler in attendance. Both these members were at the very first AGM of the GRAA, which was over 50 years ago!

Key take-outs from the 2021 AGM include:
2021 has been another difficult year for the ranger community because of the COVID pandemic. The ranger community has lost many dedicated men and women because of the pandemic. Lockdowns and restrictions have also hindered the implementation of opportunities such as the GRAA's Bursary Training and assessments.

While funding sources have decreased, we continue to pursue fundraising avenues so that we can maintain member benefits, such as our insurance cover which offers members death, disability and medical evacuation 24/7, even if they are not on duty.

Collaboration with the IRF and other international ranger bodies continues to strengthen. As the leading regional ranger association of Africa, the GRAA serves as a ranger association model for others across the world.

Members were encouraged to pursue chapter developments within their own countries and were reminded of the difference between GRAA Chapters and the central body. A key focus for chapters should be to build the membership with rangers who are actively working in the field.

A common issue among several African countries is the degrading state of conservation bodies at provincial and government levels. While this issues should be dealt with at a regional level, the need to professionalise the ranger is critical so that we have a stronger voice at these levels. The GRAA continues to be the voice of the African Ranger and is working with the IRF and the Universal Ranger Support Alliance (URSA) on an action plan to professionalise the industry.

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