Our Story

RFA is a group of conservation-focused individuals who strive to further the standards of the profession and vocation of rangers throughout Asia.
The concept for the RFA came into existence at the 7th World Ranger Congress. We are an association of rangers, wildlife wardens, forest guards, foresters, scouts, watchers and other frontline field staff (collectively referred to here as “rangers”).

We promote and provide opportunities for members to gain and share their knowledge and experience in all aspects of wildlife conservation and protection work.
The RFA is a platform for discussions on matters of interest to rangers and provides opportunities for members to interact with other national and international ranger associations.

The team

Rohit Singh RFA President

Rohit Singh

President

Rohit Singh works daily to support rangers and protect wildlife from poachers all around the world. His passion for the profession saw him, along with colleagues, create the Ranger Federation of Asia in order to support rangers in the region.

Rohit began his conservation career rescuing bears in India. From there, Rohit moved to Cambodia in order to protect one of the largest intact blocks of forest in Southeast Asia, and the wildlife therein, from rampant poaching and illegal logging, working as a ranger in the tough terrain of Mondulkiri Province. Now, as law enforcement specialist for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) his mission is to strengthen enforcement levels in protected areas and to coordinate efforts among government officials, field staff, and wildlife conservation NGOs.

He continues to work tirelessly in the enhancement of wildlife law enforcement all over the world. He recognises that, as the frontline of conservation, rangers need all the support they can get, as these are the people putting their lives on the line to protect the natural world often in highly challenging environments.

Craig Bruce

Vice President

Craig Bruce is a highly-experienced conservation operations executive, wildlife protection strategist, personnel manager, and advocate for environmental issues. He has worked with a number of International NGOs in Asia and Africa, focusing on improving the effectiveness of protected areas to preserve wildlife.

Craig Bruce started out life as a ranger in South Africa and worked his way up to managing protected areas and their associated networks in several southern African countries. Since then, Craig has spent a decade working to protect Asia’s wildlife.

In total, Craig has spent close to 30 years working with, training, managing and supporting rangers in the field. He is committed to improving rangers’ lives and jobs and broadening the global understanding of the issues affecting them.

Crispian Barlow

Treasurer

Crispian J. E. A. Barlow is a Newfoundlander who has been involved in law enforcement for almost 40 years. After serving in the Royal Canadian Navy, Crispian followed a career with the Royal Hong Kong Police spanning thirteen years and covering marine, uniform branch, and the tactical unit.

He resigned as a Chief Inspector from the Bomb Disposal Unit to immigrate to South Africa where he pursued a career as a game ranger for the next seventeen years. His duties ranged from game reserve management to regulatory services with Limpopo Province’s Department of Environmental Affairs.

Crispian then spent two years in Vietnam to assist the Forest Protection Department to set up a national curriculum for their law enforcement rangers. Crispian presently works for WWF Greater Mekong as the regional law enforcement technical advisor. He has created and introduced several law enforcement monitoring tools and written ASEAN compliant training courses.

Crispian is also assisting WWF’s Wildlife Crime Initiative with the wildlife crime prevention framework, ranger welfare, and situational crime prevention.

Wayne Lotter

Honourary Board Member

Wayne Lotter was a former Secretary of the RFA, with his valuable contributions ending with his untimely death in August 2017.

Wayne was a prominent figure in conservation, with over 23 years of professional experience ensuring his integral role in the fight against wildlife crime.
His experience expanded across a vast array of topics including protected area management, ecotourism, restoration ecology and risk management systems, with his knowledge proving to be invaluable to conservation efforts internationally.

Wayne’s legacy will continue through his instrumental role in the education and training of field rangers. Wayne co-authored a module on management which was presented at the Southern Africa Wildlife College and lead the development of a best practice series document in collaboration with the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, which has become a benchmark for anti-poaching training across the globe.

To acknowledge Wayne’s valuable contributions to rangers not only in Asia but internationally, the RFA wish to honour him with an irrevocable position on the RFA board.

OBJECTIVES

  • To promote and provide opportunities for members to acquire and share knowledge and experience in subjects pertaining to the work of wildlife rangers and associations and facilitate consideration and discussion of matters of interest
  • To promote professional integrity, ethics and best practice standards for the ranger profession in Asia
  • To work with educational bodies and ranger training institutions and contribute to teaching syllabi in the interest of attaining the highest standards for ranger work
  • To promote the awareness of and commemorate World Ranger Day on July 31st and promote public awareness of the importance and value of rangers working nationally and internationally
  • To take any measures to further the interests of rangers, and persons positively associated with rangers
  • To affiliate, as the Steering Committee of the RFA board deems fit, with businesses or organizations whose interests and objectives are complementary to those of the Association and to represent the ranger profession both nationally and internationally
  • To promote and enhance professions that manage protected areas
  • To provide a forum for professional and social enrichment and foster professional exchange
  • To provide education and training to develop or improve the knowledge and skills of rangers