Posted: Friday, November 2, 2018. 5:06 pm CST.
By BBN Staff:Rangers of Friends For Conservation and Development (FCD) participated in a ten-day intensive training.
The training was conducted by the Specialized Infantry of the British Army.
The training which took place in the Chiquibul Forest combined an entire set of skills including Search, Capture Person, Patrol Writing, Patrol Logistic, Navigation, Reconnaissance and Medic among other subjects.
FCD shared with the British, bushcraft skills, wild medicinal plants, tropical conservation and methods used to operate in the Chiquibul.
To undertake the training, three separate units of the British Army taught the subject materials through theory, demonstration and practice. Park Rangers were then tested on the skills taught and at the end of the course, a combination of the subject matter taught were practiced and assessed.
At the end of the course, Park Rangers obtained their Certificates.
Due to the richness of the resources found in the Chiquibul Forest, there are constant threats to this biodiversity.
To control the illicit activities, FCD Park rangers on a daily basis are found across the range, mostly operating with BDF and Police with the aim of protecting the wild plants and animals.
The skills learned by FCD Park Rangers, therefore, will better enable FCD staff to work safer and more effectively in protecting the Chiquibul National Park, which is a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Site.
The assistance to FCD was made possible through the coordination between the British High Commission Office in Belize and BATSUB.
Funds for the training were provided through the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) and the Environmental Management Fund, through the Chiquibul Forest Investment Initiative (CFII).
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