INDIGENOUS WOMEN RANGERS’ ENVIRONMENTAL KNOWLEDGE NETWORK (WREN)
Thanks to the significant support of philanthropic partners, WWF-Australia works with women rangers to run the Women Ranger Environmental Network (WREN).
WREN is a keystone program in our mission to create a world in which people in nature live in harmony. Working with our partners and stakeholders to build and support the complex professional, social, and environmental challenges we face.
As we know, it is essential for conservation work to include and be led by Aboriginal people. Not only for access, permission, and respect, but to learn from them, to evaluate and implement land management techniques which have proved successful and which our country has evolved with for thousands of years.
Indigenous women work in Aboriginal Land Councils, Aboriginal Corporations and other conservation partners. Their work on threatened species, fire, feral animals and plants, revegetation, and other projects are vital to conservation. They are also mothers, community leaders and role models living in some of the most remote, challenging parts of Australia.
WREN is led by Indigenous Australian women and supports the rangers, coordinators and cultural advisors to discuss the challenges that face female rangers, identify solutions and push for policy changes and more jobs. Generous people have enabled significant progress in reaching our shared goals, including:
- The creation of dedicated Women Ranger Development Officer positions in the Kimberley and Queensland to support women rangers and provide training and capacity building opportunities;
- Women ranger knowledge exchange programs and
- Women ranger forums.
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