The Environmental Defender’s Office of Western Australia (EDOWA) is a not-for-profit and non-government organisation that specialises in public interest environmental law.
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News & Current Matters
South Western Australia has been identified as one of 35 of the World’s major biodiversity hotspots that are currently threatened by habitat loss and degradation, with our biodiversity being in decline. This is not just due to the changing climate, but is also being caused by human activities such as land clearing, land fragmentation, invasive... Read more »
Thank you to everyone who attended our Carbon Budgets Seminar on 10 October 2017. In particular we would like to thank our speakers, David Ritter (Greenpeace), Professor John Chandler (UWA) and Michael Bennett (UWA / EDOWA) for their interesting presentations, which certainly generated a lot of debate and discussion at the end. In case you... Read more »
The EDOWA is excited to announce the launch of its first online art auction – an important fundraiser to support both EDOWA as well as Western Australian artists. The auction will run for the month of November and will include spectacular Art from artists from across the State. We hope that you will be able... Read more »
“Empowering the community to protect the environment through law”
Protection of WA’s environment by providing individuals and community groups with environmental legal services including advice, education, representation and opportunity to participate in reform of laws affecting the environment.
Hi, I am Declan
Declan commenced with the EDOWA on January 9 2017 and is one of Western Australia’s most respected environmental lawyers with a distinguished record of service to community and civil society organisations. Through his professional legal experience, Declan has a detailed understanding of all aspects of environmental law, including environmental impact assessment, water management, biodiversity conservation, climate change, Aboriginal heritage, mining and land access, and human rights.
Hi, I am Victoria
“I began studying law with the hope that I would eventually be in a position to affect environmental change. EDO happens to be the place where this kind of ambition is a tangible reality. While volunteering at EDO I have found that fellow volunteers and staff members are incredibly dedicated, friendly and hard-working. Teamwork comes naturally because everyone involved wants to be here.”
Hi, I am Isaac
Isaac was admitted in the Supreme Court of WA on November four 2016 and commenced his role as a Restricted Practitioner with EDOWA from Jan 2016.
He has experience working with Native Title, Planning and Environmental Law including reviewing the Quinlan Report in response to the Supreme Court’s invalidation of the EPA’s decisions to approve the Roe 8 highway extension. He is also a member of the National Environmental Lawyers Association.
Isaac St Clair-Burns
Hi, I am Mia
Mia is an outstanding young campaigner who for the past six years has led the successful campaign to prevent uranium mining in WA. She has done remarkable work in building alliances across all community sectors and in the most remote communities of outback Western Australia. She has also led the preparation of detailed technical submissions against proposed uranium mines for input to state and federal processes.
EDOWA Committee Member
Hi, I am Jonathon
“Volunteering at EDOWA has given me a real-world taste of media and communications roles inside a community driven office and workplace. Working with a mix of lawyers, paralegals, events staff and communications staff – as well as rubbing shoulders with respected conservationists – I have been positioned to think more carefully about the exact meanings of my words, and to preemptively engage with my co-workers in creating cohesive and meaningful pieces of writing and research.”