International Environmental Weed Foundation (IEWF)

International Environmental Weed Foundation (IEWF)

Our Mission:

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


To educate the community about invasive plants, the impact of invasive plants on the natural environment and man, and 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 in July 2003, is based in Sydney Australia. In February 2007 we were accepted onto the Australian Register of Environmental Organisations. 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.

IEWF is involved in a number of projects. Currently we are focused on a demonstration Urban RNC project - the Habitat Network - see

In May 2011 our Habitat Network project won a regional Innovation Award (joint 1st) and a Highly Commended for Urban Landcare through the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority.

For more information about IEWF visit our website

IEWF Directors:

Bev DeBrincat is the founder and Executive Director.

Being a practical organiser, with a background in the computer industry and bushland management, Bev undertakes a wide range of projects. Her education and experience encompasses systems development and management, marketing, bushland management (formerly an on-ground supervisor with the National Trust). She is active in both city Bushcare and country Landcare. As a landholder, in the Macleay Valley Coast (Northern Rivers CMA) of NSW, for the past 30+ years she has co-managed the regeneration and restoration of her 22.92 hectare property of which 22.8 hectares are under a Voluntary Conservation Agreement under the National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1974. This property includes Littoral Rainforest, Coastal Wetlands and Dunes. Bev has also been responsible for starting a bushcare program within her local city council by networking local volunteers to obtain funding and support.

IEWF, Bev, networks and other partners have been successful in winning grants for projects such as coastal dune restoration works, bush regeneration, creek restoration and education in both Sydney and the mid-north coast, New South Wales.

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. More recently Louise has worked with funding programs which assist landowners in managing and restoring their land for biodiversity. In this role Louise was working for what was NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water and now called Office of Environment & Heritage putting in place agreements with landholders to manage their land for natural and cultural heritage.

John Debrincat is a director of IEWF and has extensive experience in the Information Technology Industry. He is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. John is the founder, Managing Director of eCorner Pty Ltd, which specialises in offering eCommerce solutions throughout Asia Pacific and which sponsors a number of websites for various environmental organisation. He has been a senior executive in various information technology companies for over 20 years.

He is Chairman of the Australian Computer Society Foundation. This is a non-profit organisation that has raised over $8 million dollars for scholarships since 2001, and has funded over 550 scholarships for Information Technology students to universities in Australia and New Zealand. He is an Honorary Life Governor of Sydney University Foundation for Information Technologies. The Foundation provides guidance and advice on the issues related to Information and Communications Technology research and development. It provides linkage between industry and the university.

For more information about IEWF please visit

To see one of our Australian bushland restoration and regeneration projects visit

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