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Feb 2, 2016

FCD Graduates Second Cohort of Rangers

On Monday, the second Friends for Conservation and Development Ranger training program concluded at the Chiquibul. The week long program was conducted in collaboration with the Institute of Archaeology and the Forest Department, with the successful participation of fourteen rangers from FCD, four from the Forest Department and two from the Institute. This is the second focused training which started in earnest following a telethon to raise funds for the body which monitors and manages the vast Chiquibul. Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director of the FCD, says that it is critical to maintain an enhanced presence.


Rafael Manzanero, Executive Director, FCD

“We need to have them prepared on how to handle any situation out here in the Chiquibul forest, so part of the training was First Aid and Rescue and also tactical interventions. They learned also about the green law which relates more to environmental protection and we also had somebody from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs who did more on confidence-building measures. This one is the second training. We did one last year in January also and then we concluded this next one. We need to run more training and it is something that we need to do more constant so that the rangers can be better prepared.”


Rafael Manzanero


“How do you think you could have better rangers?”


Rafael Manzanero

“The way how to have better rangers is to get those individuals who are really determined to do the kind of work. I think that is really one of the main aptitudes that we want. Living back here in the forest is not really easy particularly for our FCD rangers who have to go on patrols that can take them multiple days and also the area is quite rugged and extensive. What we want to inform the public is that in an area such as the Chiquibul Forest which is located in the Cayo District, the only way that we can protect it is by doing a sort of presence of rangers in the field and thus the training component for us is really critical in order for us to protect the Chiquibul. We also want to give our gratitude to all the people who supported us through the telethon program that was conducted more than a year ago because that was really what helped us to get the rangers in place.”


The training program was sponsored primarily by PACT and the US Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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