IUCN WCPA International Ranger Awards

Developed through a collaboration between the IUCN WCPA, IUCN-US, the International Ranger Federation, Re:wild, and Conservation Allies, these awards, created in 2020, aim to highlight and felicitate the extraordinary work that rangers do in protected and conserved areas worldwide.

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Hosted by the IUCN and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, in collaboration with the International Ranger Federation, Re:wild, Conservation Allies, Universal Ranger Support Alliance, IUCN US and WWF Tigers Alive Initiative, these awards are intended to improve rangers’ capabilities, raise awareness about the critical role they play in conservation efforts, and help share rangers’ unique stories and perspectives.

In 2023 nine exceptional rangers and ranger teams (five rangers and four ranger teams) were recognized by the award partners. The winners were selected from a pool of more than 114 nominations from 52 countries and were chosen for their exceptional work in preserving and protecting natural and cultural resources. Winners were from South Africa, Colombia, Ethiopia, Mexico, Brazil, Bhutan, Malysia, Ukraine, and Philippines.

Winners will receive awards ranging from $25,000 to $10,000 to support the protected and conserved areas where they work, and a custom uniform patch to signify their achievement. 

Award funds can be used towards purchasing essential supplies or equipment, providing training, supporting the family of a deceased ranger, or other ranger welfare activities.

The International Ranger Award aims to recognize all types of rangers including Indigenous, community, and volunteer rangers as well as those employed in protected and conserved areas. Nominations are encouraged regardless of duties, gender, ethnicity, or geographic location.




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