Important phone numbers
Parking free throughout the city for the duration of the congress.
Parking spaces reserved for congress only:
- Vojtesske square - 10. 5.
- Komenskeho street - 9. 5. and 10. 5
Registration deadline is April 21, 2017
The event is held under the patronage of the International Ranger Federation.
The event is held under the patronage of the Ministry of the Environment.
The event is held with the grateful support of Jitka Sachetova, councillor of Ústí Region.
The event is held under the patronage of the Mayor of Litomerice.
The International Ranger Federation (IRF) is a non-profit organization established to raise awareness of and support the critical work that the world’s park rangers do in conserving our natural and cultural heritage.
Founded in 1992, the IRF has a membership of more than 70 ranger associations from more than 50 countries, on six of the seven continents.
The role of the IRF is to empower rangers by supporting their national or state ranger organizations, or assisting in the establishment of local ranger associations in countries where they do not currently exist.
The IRF exists to
- Further the professional standards of rangers throughout the world.
- Advance the aims of the IUCN’s World Conservation Strategy.
- Share knowledge and resources.
- Establish global communications with ranger organizations.
- Foster professional exchanges between rangers.
- Arrange regular international meetings, including a World Congress every 3 years.
- Undertake joint activities to directly support each other’s operations where necessary and feasible.
- Work with our charity arm The Thin Green Line Foundation to train, equip and support rangers and widows of rangers killed in the line of duty
- Represent rangers interests through close co-operation with other international organisations.
The International Ranger Federation (IRF) was founded in 1992 with a signed agreement between the Countryside Management Association (CMA), representing rangers in England and Wales, the Scottish Countryside Rangers Association (SCRA), and the U.S. Association of National Park Rangers (ANPR).
The goals of the agreement were to provide a forum for rangers, from around the world, to share their successes and failures in protecting the world’s heritage and to promote information and technology transfer from countries in which protected area management enjoys broad public and government support, to countries in which protected area management is less supported.
More than 70 associations from national, state and territorial entities have affiliated with the IRF, and rangers from other countries have applied for provisional membership in IRF while they attempt to establish ranger associations in their countries.
What IRF does
Park rangers, their ranger associations, and the IRF ensure the world’s terrestrial and marine parks, and the flora and fauna that live in them, are protected from vandalism, poaching, theft, exploitation or destruction.
As guardians of our natural and cultural resources, rangers are first on the scene of illegal or unsustainable exploitation of these resources, often at great personal risk.
Regional conflict, civil war and political unrest also greatly impact protected areas and the rangers that manage them.
Our rangers require special support structures, training and equipment to carryout their jobs.
IRF provides training, capacity building and exchange programs to its members in order to ensure park rangers are well trained and properly equipped to manage the world’s most precious wildernesses.
The IRF also advocates for good governance and the enactment of enforceable laws that protect rangers from assaults while performing their duties.
The IRF is the voice of park rangers, in the international community, in calling for greater support for rangers in carrying out their vital role in the protection of our parks.
The International Ranger Federation collaborates with a number of organisations to encourage the sharing of information, expertise, opportunities and enthusiasm, to benefit rangers and the natural and cultural treasures that they protect.
The IRF is proud to recognise the following partners who work with us to help us to achieve our goals.
- The Thin Green Line Foundation
- International Union for the Conservation of Nature – World Commission on Protected Areas
- EUROPARC Federation
- Equipe de Conservação da Amazônia
The European Ranger Congress is held all three years in another country and friendly hosted by the Ranger Association of that country.
The 4th IRF European Ranger Congress in Litomerice will be attended by approximately 150 Rangers from more than 20 European countries and Ranger Associations.
About Czech Republic
Basic Information about ČR
The Czech Republic is a medium sized country located in the heart of Europe.
Its history dates back to the early Middle Ages with the creation of the state of Great Moravia.
The Czech state followed during the Middle Ages and has always been an area of great strategic significance. But in this restless period, the Bohemian estates elected a new sovereign, the Habsburg family‘s Ferdinand I, thus coming under Hapsburg rule. The Czech lands became part of a large combined state, which also included Austria and Hungary.
The state with its own constitution, government and state symbols was created in 1918 and the first President of the Czechoslovak Republic was Thomas Garrigue Masaryk.
In 1939 it was occupied by the Nazis whose rule ended on May 9th 1945.
After the war it came under totalitarian Communist rule during which time the democratic values of the country were suppressed. This situation culminated in 1989 in the Velvet revolution with the overthrow of this totalitarian government and a new government was formed with Vaclav Havel becoming Head of State.
In 1993 the Czechoslovak Republic was divided into the Czech Republic and Slovakia and Vaclav Havel was re-elected president.
Currently the Czech Republic has an area of approximately eighty thousand sq.km and a population of 10.5 million. The capital city is Prague and the President Miloš Zeman.
In the Czech Republic there are 25 protected landscape areas, 4 national parks, and hundreds of areas which are included in NATURA2000. In addition there are hundreds of national natural monuments and national nature reserves with more than 50 endemic plants and more than 10 endemic animals.
Thanks to its varied history, the Czech Republic has many historic towns, castles and other monuments. In addition there are 12 UNESCO monuments, with the capital Prague widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. In addition to Prague – other notable sites include Český krumlov, Telč, Olomouc, the castles of Hluboká, Karlštejn and Konopiště plus the historic area of Lednice and many others.
The Slovak Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It occupies 50,000 sq. km. with a population of 5.5 million and the capital city of Bratislava. It is notable for its mountain ranges such as the High and Low Tatras with their wide-ranging and abundant nature.
Litoměřice is the old royal city whose history dates back to prehistoric times. Traces of its settlement were left even by the Celts who settled here in the 3rd Century BC.
The area was occupied first the Germanic tribes followed by a huge migration of Slavs.
In the tenth century Přemyslovci fort was built at the top of the Dome hill by the ruling family dynasty in the old Czech state.
At that time Litoměrice was an important administrative centre in the region. Its Importance was recognised by the foundation of a canonry at St. Stephen's eponymous church, which today is the oldest stone building in the city. During the Middle Ages the importance of the city grew as the city expanded.
Litoměřice became even more important when in 1359 Charles IV made a visit and gifted to the city Radobýl hill. Litoměrice had to go through the crisis of the Thirty Years War and the Hussite wars, but it has kept its role as a centre of both education and commerce. Especially notable is its agricultural production, for which the area around Litoměrice is well known, the region being called the Garden of Bohemia.
Those visiting the area will be rewarded not only with the beautiful nature of the Protected Landscape Area Czech Central Mountains but also by the old city itself. The city was significantly influenced by the Broggio brothers who left many Baroque buildings. In addition there are 6 churches, an old and new town hall with the historical Peace square. And from recent history we have to mention the “RICHARD” secret underground factory which was built in a former limestone quarry by the Nazis in Second World War.
Litoměrice is also active on the international scene, especially in the area of Fairtrade and in educational development.
Ferdinand Blumentritt was a teacher inLitoměrice, and the author of articles and books on the Philippines and its ethnography. He worked closely with a Philippines national hero Jose Rizal in the nineteenth century and good relations between that country and Litoměrice are still kept.
Parking will be provided if you fill mode of arrival: by car. (In the registration)
Highway permit card you can buy on petrol station. It cost 310 CZK / 11.50 EUR.
Highways: 130 km/h
Out of town: 90 km/h
In town: 50 km/h
All prices are indicative only!
Prices of fuel
|Fuel||Price in CZK||Price in EUR|
Prices of food and drink
|Food, drink||Amount||Price in CZK||Price in EUR|
|Beer (Pilsner Urquel)||0.5l||25||0.93|
|Alcohol-free beer||0.5 l||22||0.81|
Visa and Passport information for visitors to Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union (EU) and of the Schengen area, therefore most EU citizens do not require a visa , just a valid passport (or ID card). Further information can be found on Ministry of Foreign Affairs website: http://www.mzv.cz
Euro and Dollar exchange rate
EU residents should remember to bring their free European Health Insurance Card which gives access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries. These cards are provided by your national health provider as shown in the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=563&langId=en#nationalinfo
Important telephone numbers
Health Rescue: 155
Fire emergency: 150
Emergency central: 112