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Our Mission:
To facilitate and support the conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems for the benefit of the environment and the community.

Our aims:
- To educate people about invasive plants, the impact of invasive plants on the natural environment and man, and to encourage sustainable land practices.
- To develop and assist in projects aimed at conserving natural areas and restoring degraded ecosystems for the benefit of man and the environment.

IEWF, registered 19 June 2003, is based in Sydney Australia. In February 2007 we were accepted onto the Australian Government's Register of Environmental Organisations which means that donations made to us are tax deductible within Australia. In January 2007 we also became the co-ordinators of the RNC Alliance in the Pacific region and also run and manage the RNC Alliance website with the assistance of our sponsors eCorner Pty Ltd.

In October 2007 we were accepted as signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, which commits us to ethical practice and public accountability. We have since resigned however still commit to a professional code of conduct. In keeping with this commitment our annual financial accounts and annual report are available to any member of the public on written request to IEWF, PO Box 635, Gladesville, NSW, Australia 1675.

Our Directors are Bev Debrincat, Louise Brodie and John Debrincat. Between us we have extensive expertise in bushland management, conservation, the environment and information technology. See mini CVs below.

Our principal purposes are to:
(a) protect and enhance a significant aspect of the natural environment by carrying out on-ground projects, monitoring and research; and
(b) facilitate and support the conservation and restoration of degraded ecosystems; and
(c) create a web based invasive plant identification system which will be available to the community on the internet to assist the average non-scientist to identify weeds and obtain current information regarding weed control techniques; and
(d) provide community information and education in relation to various aspects of ecological restoration and sustainability.

IEWF was for many years the co-ordinator for the RNC Alliance for the Pacific region, networking local scientists and practitioners with those from overseas.

For more information about possible involvement or making a donation please email us at [email protected].

All technical information published on our websites is validated by professionals from the Botanic Gardens Trust in Sydney, XID Services in USA or by the Directors of IEWF or project supervisors, as appropriate.

Follows are links to download our Constitution and policy documents:
Constitution updated 1 February 2021
IEWF Employment Policy last updated January 2020
IEWF Ethics Policy last updated November 2023
IEWF Policy for Protecting Children and Young People last updated January 2020
The Habitat General Work - Health, Safety and Environmental Risk Assessment 03 October 2018

Our accounts are audited in October each year. Our Financial and Annual Reports are public documents and are available to interested parties upon request. Follows are links to download the last few year's Annual Reports also see our News page which we keep up-to-date with our activities.
Annual Report June 2022 (440 KB)
Annual Report June 2021 (440 KB)
Annual Report June 2020 (371 KB)
Annual Report June 2019 (371 KB)
Annual Report June 2018 (710 KB)
Annual Report June 2017 (445 KB)
Annual Report June 2016 (496 KB)
Annual Report June 2015 (417 KB)
Annual Report June 2014 (355 KB)
Annual Report June 2013 (433 KB)
Annual Report June 2012 (239 KB)
Annual Report June 2011 (237 KB)
Annual Report June 2010 (330 KB)
Annual Report June 2009 (251 KB)
Annual Report June 2008 (80.1 KB)
Annual Report June 2007 (259 KB)

Mini CVs for Directors:

Bev Debrincat Bev DeBrincat is the Founder and Executive Director of International Environmental Weed Foundation (IEWF) since June 2003, runs the Habitat Network (established 2008), and is co-founder and a coordinator of The Habitat community native plant nursery and food garden since November 2012.

Bev is a practical organiser, with a background in the computer industry and bushland management. Her education and experience encompasses systems development and management, marketing, bushland management (formerly an on-ground supervisor with the National Trust).

Bev was responsible for forming the Volunteer Bush Regenerators’ Network which instigated the bushcare program within City of Ryde. She is also a founding member Greater Sydney Landcare (incorporated November 2014), Chair (2017) and (2020-on-going), treasurer (2014-2017), representative for Greater Sydney on the Landcare NSW Council (since February 2015) and on the Landcare NSW Executive (November 2016-November 2021).

As one of a world-wide network of scientists and practitioners interested in Restoring Natural Capital (RNC), Bev runs projects which focus on environmental restoration where people matter.

IEWF, Bev, the volunteer network and with other partners has been successful in winning and managing grants for projects, such as, coastal dune restoration, littoral rainforest restoration, urban bush regeneration, creek and corridor restoration (with a focus on habitat), establishing The Habitat and environmental education programs.

Louise Brodie) is a director of International Environmental Weed Foundation (IEWF) and has qualifications in agriculture and horticulture. She has held a number of senior positions during her career including having been a member of the Board of Greening Australia (NSW). Her background is in bushland restoration and vegetation management. Louise is also an active member of the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators and carries out a variety of functions for the organisation.

More recently Louise worked with funding programs which assist landowners in managing and restoring their land for biodiversity. Louise has now retired from the Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Premier and Cabinet where she put in place agreements with landholders to manage their land for natural and cultural heritage.

As a landholder on the NSW South Coast, Louise carries out weed control, revegetation and habitat creation. Louise works in her local area as a volunteer with Landcare and at a local community nursery propagating native plants for the local area.

John Debrincat has over 45 years experience in business and the Information and Communication Technology Industry he is semi-retired and is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.

John is a Director of IEWF, focused on environmental restoration and management. He is a director or eCorner Pty Ltd an Australian specialist eCommerce solutions provider. John is chairman of the board of the ACS Foundation a charity that provides scholarships and research funds to assist students to enter the information technology industry. He is an Honorary Life Governor School of Information Technology, Sydney University and member of the Information Technology Advisory Board. He is also on the industry advisory board of Health Language Analytics LLC which specialises in Natural Language Processing of clinical prose documents.

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