The Arid Lands Environment Centre (ALEC) is a community-based environment organisation in Alice Springs. For more than 36 years, ALEC has been a strong voice for the conservation and responsible management of the arid lands, and has been developing and delivering environmental sustainability initiatives to the region. Our vision is 'healthy futures for arid lands and people' and we work hard to ensure that future generations will enjoy clean air, water, a healthy environment and a safe climate.
ALEC works regionally with projects in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia and connects in with national environmental campaigns and initiatives.
ALEC works on a wide range of issues; climate change, renewable energy, sustainability, biodiversity conservation, food and water security, fracking, nuclear issues, mining, urban development and has it’s own social enterprise Arid Edge Environmental Services.
ALEC also works in range of ways; regional representation on working groups and government committees, policy submissions and reviewing environmental impact statements, project management, program development, advocacy, community events, public meetings, and driving innovation and new initiatives.
ALEC has approximately 300 financial members, and has strong support from the local community. This saw ALEC survive funding cuts in 2014 where the organisation was entirely dependent on donations and fundraising. Funding for a Policy Officer was re-instated at the end of 2016 by the new NT Government, however the organisation still requires significant public support to remain operating at the same capacity.
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