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Check out the Conference Photos!


Check out the photos from the conference:

The videos and presentations will also be available next week.

That's a Wrap! AELERT-INECE Conference 2020


What an amazing joint conference we had with INECE last week! Adelaide put on a show with wonderful blue skies and stunning scenery, while inside people from all over our environmental regulation sector got together to network and share their knowledge and experience.

We were also lucky that we just got in before the COVID-19 started shutting down large groups and travel.

If you were unable to make it or you would like to have a refresher course, please hold tight as we add the videos, recordings and presentations which will be availble around 25/3/2020.

In the meantime don't forget we have a feedback survey that we'd love to have you fill out:


Register for AELERT Conference


Have you registered for the AELERT-INECE 2020 Conference yet?

Environmental regulators from around the world will come together in Adelaide, South Australia 10-13 March and we want you there too! The conference caters to pollution, wildlife and conservation, marine and other environmental practitioners and leaders. By engaging a wide-range of stakeholders working on these issues, the conference strikes a balance between technical and operational topics and broader policy and strategic discussions.

AELERT and INECE Secretariat look forward to welcoming you to Adelaide in March 2020! 

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AELERT Member Returns from Southeast Asia


I take this opportunity to introduce myself as a returning member.

Over the last decade, I have worked directly for the Government of Lao PDR and Cambodia covering areas that include forest and wildlife law enforcement, risk assessment and gap analysis; and under projects in Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.  

Over this period, with the last five being full time, I have focused efforts on building links and closer ties across agencies to deliver more effective and active enforcement responses. I have also planned and facilitated the operational implementation of transnational enforcement operations targeting organised networks. In 2019 this included two operations each involving over 120 officials from 9 agencies, 3 countries and 8 provinces.  

In 2017 I received a Lao PDR Ministerial Award for Services, recognising my contribution to strengthening forest and wildlife law enforcement at a national and provincial level.  

So, after working in Southeast Asia on improving, strengthening and supporting forest and wildlife law enforcement, how does one measure success?  

  • Is it building capacity that has resulted in 3,000 investigations and 72 imprisonments;
  • It is the issuing of US$2.8 million in fines, confiscating over $2 million in African ivory, 240,000m3 timber and 850 trucks?
  • Is it an 85% reduction in illegal logging and the closure of open trading in CITES products?
  • Is it the development and implementation of cloud-based enforcement tools?
  • Is it the development and implementation of risk assessment, planning and reporting systems?
  • Or is it the fact that I was not expelled from any of these countries and still maintain strong friendships in all?    

While these are indication of activities, they do not really indicate success. To me, I will be happy to be assessed against my capacity to transfer knowledge, skills and ethics, and support personal development of future leaders, because they will influence future enforcement successes. The personal growth exhibited by my counterparts in many of the countries I have worked in is something I am proud of. It is these people who are likely to become future leaders.  

So, when I look back on my success, I can point to Mr Khamphet KEOSOUVANH, a Lao official who came from a minority group in one of the poorest provinces, who now represents the Government of Lao PDR at international events. He has the confidence of ministers, and the confidence to act on this. He understands the need for accountability, transparency and professional application of duty, and promotes these.  

However, Khamphet is not the only success story. The confidence, knowledge and professionalism of many of the motivated young people whom I have supported has also improved and should be celebrated.

And finally, no success is ever achieved without the support (and great depth of tolerance) from one’s family.  

In conclusion, I encourage you to carefully consider how we measure success, and how we judge our success.  

PS – I look forward to sharing my experiences and contributing to the knowledge bank that is AELERT.

Aidan Flanagan.

Sponsorship & Exhibition opportunities available for the 2020 AELERT-INECE Conference


Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities are now available for the 2020 AELERT-INECE Conference - “Environmental Collaboration: Shaping the future of regulation, compliance and enforcement together”.

The Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators neTwork (AELERT) and the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) Conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 10-13 March.

The Conference provides an excellent opportunity for your organisation to:

• Gain face-to-face exposure to decision-makers and conference delegates

• Maintain a high profile with your target marketing, showing support for continuous improvement and innovation

• Network with delegated and evaluate market needs to generate new business opportunities

• Launch new products and services

• Be recognised for your commitment to environmental regulation

Visit to find out more!

New webinar available!


You can now watch the latest AELERT Webinar: Regulating the Reef – Innovative approaches to protecting a natural wonder.

This webinar has been added to our Resources section.

You can watch it here:

Sydney and Brisbane air quality plummets


Source: ABC website

The Sydney CBD is barely visible from much of the city as a thick smoke haze from the bushfires chokes large parts of NSW, with health experts warning those with medical conditions to stay inside.

Key points:

  • Sydneysiders woke to a thick blanket of smoke on Tuesday morning
  • It is from a bushfires at Gospers Mountain, north-west of Sydney
  • The Rural Fire Service is on high alert today, amid hot, dry conditions

The Department of Environment said the smoke had pushed air quality beyond "hazardous" levels in Sydney's north-west, the northern tablelands and the north-west slopes.

The smoke is spreading from the Gospers Mountain fire, which has burnt more than 120,000 hectares north-west of Sydney and remains an out-of-control fire.

Read more.


South-east Queensland has again been shrouded by smoke from the bushfires, raising air pollution levels.

State government data shows the air quality in Southport, South Brisbane and Woolloongabba is "very poor".

It is ranked as "poor" in nine other locations, including the Brisbane CBD, Rocklea and Springwood.

According to a global index of air pollution, that puts the current air quality in Southport on par with that in Beijing and worse than in Mumbai.

Read more.

New VIC AELERT Representative


Greg Elms joins the AELERT network as the new Victorian Jurisdictional Representative. Greg is the General Counsel to the Environment Protection Authority Victoria, heading up the Legal Services and Major Investigations Units.

Greg has extensive experience in all aspects of public sector legal work including military and civilian

policing, with a strong background in investigations and court and tribunal hearings in prosecutions and disciplinary proceedings.

After spending 9 years at Victoria Police in general duties and criminal investigations, Greg spent a further 7 years with Victoria Police as a prosecutor and discipline advisor. Following that, he spent 8 years with the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office providing specialist advice and advocacy to a broad range of government regulatory clients both directly and as a team leader.

Greg is a military police investigator and is still an active Reservist with the Australian Army, involved in investigations as well as acting as prosecuting or defending officer in administrative and disciplinary matters. A highlight of Greg's military career was his deployment to East Timor in 2007 where he provided peacekeeping and criminal investigative capacity-building assistance to the East Timorese authorities.

New Chair of the Water Compliance CoP


AELERT would like to welcome Grace Mang to the role of Water Compliance Community of Practice (CoP) Chair. Grace is the Director of Compliance Strategy at the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.

Grace has worked with not-for profits and government for over 15 years to promote stronger relationships and multi-sector dialogues to support better protection and sustainable management of rivers around the world.

Grace has worked as International Rivers’ Director of Programs and oversaw its China Program from Beijing, China and the United States.

Free Live Stream Webinar


Regulating the Reef – Innovative approaches to protecting a natural wonder

When: Thurs 14 November 10-11:30am (QLD AEST time)


Managing the health of a system as complex as the Great Barrier Reef requires an approach that recognises and responds to that complexity.

In this webinar, learn how Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science is approaching its role in preserving the health of the Reef for future generations. From voluntary programs, through education and capacity building to behaviour change programs and traditional regulation, the department has brought the full range of modern regulatory interventions to this challenge.
We will hear perspectives from both the policy and programs and operational on-ground sides of the department about the successes and challenges of this uniquely Queensland, but still very Australian, regulatory scheme.