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Closing ceremony for the retraining of 102 rangers

November 12, 2018
Closing ceremony for the retraining of 102 rangers

With 300 rangers patrolling Salonga National Park, capacity building is an important field of work. Two 45-day training camps were organized by the Management Unit of SNP (UGPNS)  and 102 rangers were newly retrained. They participated in a closing ceremony under the supervision of Deputy Director Lucien Lokumu on November 10th, 2018 . Speeches, review of ranger units, demonstrations of techniques and a parade have marked this celebration day. Representatives from other executive forces like the national Army (FARDC) and National Police Department, the Territorial Administrator, and one of Salonga’s major donor, USAID, as well as several other local and provincial authorities participated in this event. This training covered several subjects: discipline, anti-poaching techniques, physical exercises, data collection and accurate recording, and environmental law. Special attention was given to human rights and the correct use of the ecoguards’ executive powers on respecting the laws and procedures when arresting and investigating alleged poachers. Trained rangers, who were highly motivated at the end of their training, were then sent off on a long-distance patrol to put in practice their training and ensure Salonga’s surveillance.

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