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ENDORSEMENT BY KENTON MILLER AND OTHER RENOWNED CONSERVATIONISTS

"The future of our ecosystem services and our heritage depends upon park rangers. With the rapidity at which the challenges to protected areas are both changing and increasing, there has never been more of a need for well prepared human capacity to manage. Park rangers are the backbone of park management. They are on the ground. They work on the front line with scientists, visitors, and members of local communities. This initiative provides a solid mechanism to get support where it is most needed -- to the rangers, in the parks."
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Dr. Kenton R. Miller
Senior advisor IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, WCPA

"What a superb idea! While so many of us in the international conservation community write about the needs, plan great strategies, seek funding, influence policy, and in the process have endless meetings, the Rangers are the ones out in the field doing the day-to-day work, often against great odds and sometimes even putting their lives on the line. They deserve much better support and we need many more of them. This is the backbone of conservation on the ground --- this is where it happens! So the Adopt-a-Ranger Foundation is the right idea, at the right time, and for the right reasons. It deserves hearty support from individuals, from international organizations (both governmental and non-governmental), from foundations, and from the private sector. This is a simple, straightforward mechanism for getting the job done, where it counts, in the field, one protected area at the time!"
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Allen D. Putney, MSc.

Vice Chairperson for the World Heritage of the World Commission on Protected Areas, WCPA
President of the Global Natural Heritage Foundation for the World Heritage Sites.

"I have worked in Central America and particularly in Costa Rica for several decades now, and during my many years as a scientists, I have learned to value the importance of rangers for protected areas. I have seen them work in many different capacities, both socially and as research assistants. I am absolutely convinced that without rangers in a protected area, the areas cannot be durably managed and conserved. Most countries in my region are desperately understaffed, and less than have have any field staff at all. I warmly support the Adopt A Ranger initiative and hope that this effort will get the broad support from the conservation community, as well from the Climate change front that it deserves so that we can finally staff each one of the national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas of the region of Meso-America and the Caribbean."
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Dr. Maarten Kappelle

TNC scientific director for the Meso-American and Caribbean Region

"After having served the Honduran Forestry Institution for many years, many of which as the head of the Protected Areas Department, I have continuously struggled with the challenge of staffing our national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas. While in the mid 1990 we still had about 100 staff for more than 2,000,000 or about 17% of the territory of the country, we were able to raise our staff to about 250 with a donation of the Global Environment Facility GEF. However, this was not structural, and when the GEF funding ended in 2005, we had to discontinue the staff. As a result of the structural adjustment policy negotiated between the Government of Honduras and the IMF, like many other government institutions, COHDEFOR had to reduce its staffing level dramatically, and when the GEF project had ended, there was no more staff at all dedicated exclusively for the management of the protected areas. The current situation in Honduras is desperate. It is a country with a large number of plant species listed for Central America, it has the second largest surface of protected areas in the region, as well as the largest single protected area, but no staff to manage and protect the crucial biodiversity on the transition of Northern temperate to Southern tropical ecosystems. Adopt A Ranger may be our last chance to rescue the biodiversity of our country from being destroyed for ever"
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Ing. Victor L. Archaga

Protected areas specialist with TNC and former director of the Protected Areas department of COHDEFOR

"Over the last 37 years, I have worked in the engineering and development of the conservation movement in Costa Rica in a variety of functions, including and specially, in the building of the national system of protected areas, where I was its general director for almost two decades.

During this period, the system grew from just one very small area, to a representative system of integrated regional units called “Conservation Areas”, and close to 30% of the country’s land territory is under some kind of protected status. It is a well known fact, that Costa Rica has the responsibility to protect and manage, in perpetuity, around 4% of the planet’s biological diversity.

Costa Rica has made major sacrifices to bring this system under legal protection and public ownership, and we are working hard to continuously improve its management. Nevertheless, the “Achilles Heel” of the entire system, is the number of rangers in the field. Not a single one of our protected areas has the proper number of trained staff, and I estimate our staffing deficiency at around 50%. The Adopt A Ranger initiative is of great importance to Costa Rica and I hope that it will gradually help us and all nations, to bridge the ranger deficiency. Here, we are already raising and receiving funds from neighboring hotels and land-owners to finance rangers for specific parks, and we hope to expand our efforts with contributions from the many visitors to my beautiful country and its unique system of protected wild lands."

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Alvaro Ugalde, MSc.

The former director who initiated the famous conservation areas system of Costa Rica

"As a former director of the Protected Areas Service of Bolivia, I strongly support the Adopt A Ranger initiative. Bolivia has a very broad coverage of protected areas, which are all managed in strong collaboration with local communities. Unfortunately, the financing of field staff for all our protected areas has never been possible, and many of our nature reserves are abandoned. Adopt A Ranger is such an important initiative, because it focuses on the most dire needs for our protected areas: it helps us resolve our field staff deficiency!"
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Victor Hugo Inchausty, MSc.

Coordinator of Redes de Conservación,
Former director of the Protected Areas Service of Bolivia

"As the director of the Protected Areas Fund of Mexico, FANP, I have worked for more than 10 years with the National Commission of Protected Areas, CONANP on financing rangers and other field staff for protected areas. In Mexico, slightly more than half of our protected areas has permanent field staff, and many important protected areas merely exist on paper, as there is no staff to work with the local communities who in most cases own the land of the reserves. Mexico is does not stand alone in this problem, as all the countries in Latin America are struggling with an enormous field staff deficit. I very warmly endorse the Adopt A Ranger programme and FANP is collaborating with Adopt A Ranger in jointly financing more rangers in the field."
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Renée Gonzales Montagut
, PhD.

Director of the Protected Areas Fund of Mexico

"As a former director of the Directorate of Protected Areas of Peru (Intendencia de Áreas Naturales Protegidas" I strongly endorse the initiative of Adopt A Ranger. Less than half the national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas of Peru have any rangers in the field and thus far, it has been impossible for the Government of Peru to budget and assign enough field staff for all the protected areas of the country. Peru is blessed with incredible scenic beauty and is among the ten most species rich countries in the world. However, its economical situation is not strong enough yet to pay for the costs to protect all its protected areas and I am very pleased with the initiative of Adopt A Ranger to address the ranger deficiency worldwide."
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Ing. Gustavo Suarez de Freitas

Former director of the Directorate for Protected Areas of Peru

"We launched the Adopt A Ranger Initiative to help solve what we believe to be the most pressing problem in nature conservation worldwide: the absence of field staff in the national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas, particularly the absence of park rangers. When after year of trying to raise attention to this desperate situation, I decided to do initiate an organization that would specifically focus on this problem. I though it was the right thing to do"

Dr. Ir. Daan Vreugdenhil

Director World Institute for Conservation and Environment

President of Adopt A Ranger

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