Protecting the remote area where the ARC lands are located presents a unique set of challenges for our ranger program. Unlike many parks around the world there is no road access; it takes two days by motor canoe to arrive at the lands under our care. Once there, the dense jungle and gruelling conditions found in the Amazon ensure daily patrols are an arduous, and often dangerous, undertaking.

 

This level of isolation doesn’t put off the gold miners, loggers or poachers. They are hardy individuals who are comfortable in the deep jungle. For them, the further away from civilization and authorities, the better. The governmental environmental police lack the resources to patrol and enforce the law in these remote regions, hence the need for Wild Protectors.

 

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The nature of the terrain and the methods employed by those we are there to stop inform the strategies of our Wild Protectors ranger program.

These include:

 

  • Establishing and manning self-sufficient (with permaculture food gardens, clean wells and sustainable power sources) ranger stations at choke points, in order to maintain a constant presence and monitor those coming in and out of the river systems where we are based.
  • Establishing sub-stations, with look-out towers/drone launching sites throughout the lands under our care.
  • Poachers to Protectors: recruiting rangers from the local area to give an alternative income to those who know the forest and river-ways best.
  • Establishing clear protocols on terms of engagement with illegal miners, loggers and poachers.
  • Delivering high-quality training and ongoing assessment to ensure the safety and efficacy of our ranger program.
  • Use of technology (GPS, cameras, drones and SMART program) to deter offenders, keep records and collect evidence to present to environmental police.
  • Liaising with environmental police to facilitate raids on the camps of large operations and repeat offenders in our region.
  • Use of lightweight, shallow-draft boats to patrol rivers and streams.
  • Maintaining and patrolling trails throughout the lands under our care.
  • Formalizing agreements with other land holders in the area in order to create cooperative support for our Wild Protectors.

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