About ERC 2020
The European Ranger Federation (ERF) is a pan-European federation of park ranger associations. It is one of the 8 regional groups of the International Ranger Federation.
A ranger is a person involved in the practical management, protection and preservation of all aspects of wild areas, historical and cultural sites. Rangers provide recreational opportunities and interpretation of these sites whilst providing links between local communities, protected areas and area administration.
Currently there are 25 member ranger associations in the European Ranger Federation representing over 5,000 professional rangers.
The International Ranger Federation membership base is made up of:
1) existing Ranger Associations,
2) Ranger Associations that are currently being formed, and
3) conservation organisations and individuals who are involved in conservation. We actively promote and support the formation of Ranger Associations around the world to ensure Rangers are more adequately supported and represented.
The International Ranger Federation (IRF) was founded on 31 July 1992 in Peak National Park in the UK. An agreement was signed between the Countryside Management Association (CMA), representing Rangers in England and Wales, the Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA) and the U.S. Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR).
The goals of the agreement were to provide a global forum for Rangers from around the world to share their successes and failures in protecting the world’s natural heritage and to promote the exchange of information and technology from countries in which protected area management enjoys broad public and government support, to countries in which it is less supported.
65 Ranger associations from national, state and territorial entities have affiliated with the IRF, as well as several Rangers from around the world, who have Provisional membership status whilst they attempt to establish Ranger associations in their countries.
The German Ranger Association regards itself as the professional association of full-time rangers in Germany. Its aims are:
- Representing the interests of full-time rangers in Germany.
- Public relations work which aims at valorising the profession in the general public and with competent authorities.Participating in the development of specialist principles for the management of protected areas through rangers.
- Arranging internal training opportunities for rangers.
- Representing the German rangers in the IRF (International Ranger Federation) and ERF (European Ranger Federation).
- Cooperation with German and international nature protection organisations.
German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz)