Who We Are
URSA’s members share a vision of a healthy, thriving natural world, and an understanding that this cannot be achieved without taking the necessary steps to bring about positive and lasting change for rangers worldwide.
The vital role of Rangers
Now more than ever we are appreciating how much we need nature and wild places – for our health and well-being, and for our water, food and clean air. Rangers play a critical role in conserving nature, and the diversity of life. They are the men and women who work tirelessly for the greater good.
Their work varies widely, from conserving and restoring natural and cultural values to enforcing laws, from maintaining a safe environment for communities and wildlife to managing visitors, from developing trusting relationships with key stakeholders to empowering and supporting indigenous peoples and local communities, from providing education and awareness to monitoring and research.
A healthy future for people depends on rangers. Responsible rangers protect nature and safeguard the rights of people whose lives and cultures are inseparable from nature.
But despite their invaluable role, the ranger sector is relatively unrecognized and often neglected. A 2019 global survey of more than 7,000 rangers revealed that many are underpaid, inadequately trained and equipped, with sub-standard working conditions. Many get sick, are injured or killed, and many simply cannot afford to continue as rangers.
Rangers know better than anyone what they need to do their jobs well. At the 2019 World Congress in Nepal, more than 550 Rangers from 70 countries agreed to the Chitwan Declaration, which sets out a detailed list of needs and priorities for rangers. In response, eight international conservation organisations formed the Universal Ranger Support Alliance (URSA) to help implement the Declaration and address the issues and obstacles which rangers face.