The president of RFA, Rohit Singh, gave “The Forgotten Heroes of Asian Forest” presentation to over 300 people at the ATBC (Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation) Asia Pacific annual conference. The three day conference took place from 30th March to 2nd April 2015 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and was attended by participants from 29 countries.
The main theme of the event was the future of biodiversity in tropical Asia with a focus on addressing local and global challenges. It provided the opportunity to present the issues faced by rangers in Asia and how RFA is improving ranger lives. “The Forgotten Heroes of Asian Forest” was centered around the story of a watcher in India, covering his daily life and the challenges he faces in the field. Since its establishment in July 2013, the RFA has been working tirelessly to connect rangers in Asia so that they can share their experience and learn from each other. The RFA also works on highlighting the plight of rangers to the relevant authorities in Asia.
RFA volunteers had a stall at the venue where they answered any queries participants had about the federation after the presentation. Upcoming RFA projects include a survey on rangers across Asia – the results are due to be released on World Ranger Day 2015.
During his visit to Phnom Penh, Rohit Singh met with Nhuy Vuykeo, a ranger from Virachey National Park. They discussed the Cambodia Ranger Association Plan and the possibility of introducing a ranger federation in Cambodia.