An international team of experts and trainers have developed an anti-poaching training guideline for field rangers. This was done through an extensive consultation process include a series of workshops in Africa, Asia and at the IUCN World Parks Congress in Australia. The purpose of this document is educational. It describes how to improve job effectiveness and safety for field rangers who work in protected areas in which poaching and illegal trade of natural resources occur and need to be controlled. The publication provides a best practice benchmark on the scope, details and standard of training that syllabuses should cover in order to effectively equip field rangers whose mandate is to directly control wildlife poaching and to enable them to perform their jobs as proficiently and safely as possible. The educational message in this publication is not available elsewhere. It will assist with the development and refinement of field ranger training material in various countries and regions where illicit activities inside protected areas, such as illegal killing and trapping, are meaningful problems.
In recognition of the fact that the poaching scenarios as well as laws and roles of the field ranger (or their equivalents who undertake the anti-poaching function) differ markedly in different parts of the world, a number of the modules are included as electives. Only the appropriate parts of the document should be used, as is applicable in each case, because some parts of it will not be appropriate for all cases.