Our focus areas

Our mission is to benefit Africa’s rangers by providing networks, representation and ensuring they have the necessary capability and support to perform their duties protecting the wildlife and wild places of Africa.

a. Provide supportive networks for rangers across Africa
A ranger’s job is often done without recognition, in remote wilderness areas where communication is a serious challenge and resource support is often extremely scarce, leading to a feeling of isolation in the work place. The GRAA is thus committed to providing a collective identity for African rangers from all countries thereby enhancing their sense of community and belonging. The establishment of networks for Africa’s rangers to share their experiences, specialised knowledge and best practices, and form emotional bonds, is essential in maintaining rangers’ morale and ensuring an effective community of practice.

b. Enhance ranger support and capability
The GRAA aims to ensure that rangers are adequately supported, trained and equipped to carry out their primary responsibility of maintaining the integrity of wilderness, protected and natural areas in which they work. The GRAA is well placed to assess ranger needs, facilitate training, distribute equipment and provide advice to rangers and those wishing to support them. Improved ranger wellbeing and support is essential to a motivated and effective ranger corps which will have positive outcomes for conservation.

c. Promote the interests of rangers in Africa
The GRAA accepts the responsibility of highlighting the day to day challenges that Africa’s rangers face. We endeavour through our membership of the IUCN and IRF, and using other platforms, to raise these issues at the highest possible level and to ensure they receive the attention they deserve. The GRAA is able to provide thought leadership in terms of ranger related issues through its extensive and experienced ranger membership base who operate across the continent.


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