Lawmakers Build Connections with Forest Rangers to Help Protect Wildlife


A Malaysian Member of Parliament gets to know rangers from his jurisdiction. Photo: Freeland

In early December, 10 parliamentarians from Southeast Asia joined a three-day trip to Thailand to meet with rangers undergoing training and help strategize how best to support them in their work to protect wildlife in the region. The “Ranger Interaction, Field Mission and Networking Dialogue” initiative was organized by Freeland, the lead implementing partner of the USAID ARREST program. The event provided a unique opportunity for delegates to communicate with, observe and learn from the rangers while establishing relationships that will lead to greater cooperation and understanding when they create wildlife protection laws in future.