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Australian Network for Community Eco-Governance

A movement of people building community driven, local/place based, Earth centred governance in Australia


About the Australian Network for Community Eco-Governance (ANCEG)


The Australian Network for Community Eco-Governance (ANCEG) was created by AELA in October 2020, to support and connect place-based community groups and organisations, who wish to:

    • strengthen their capacity to protect and actively care for their local ecosystems, catchments and bioregions,
    • strengthen their capacity to manage and control their own economic future and support members of their local community, and
    • advocate for long term systems change in Australia's law and governance, so local people have a greater role in managing their own ecological and economic health.

What is Community Eco-Governance?

  • Local communities leading the creation and management of sustainable ecological and economic governance for their local ecosystems, catchments and/or bioregions.
  • Community groups, not-for-profit organisations and local businesses working together in a region, to:
    • create their own, culturally and environmentally unique governance structures (rules, institutions and citizens assemblies) to Care for Country and Care for Kin (care for each other), and
    • advocate to all levels of Australian government, for permanent systems change and structural reform, to strengthen and embed community eco-governance into Australian law and governance systems.


AELA's Community Eco-Governance Toolkit

Groups who join the Network, work with AELA to explore different elements of the 'Community Eco-Governance Toolkit', which includes a range of community building and advocacy 'steps' and tools. Participating groups:

  • Connect – interested community members, groups and organisations in the local bioregion or catchment
  • Work in solidarity - if initial place-based members of the ANCEG are non-Indigenous, developing strong relationships with local Aboriginal peoples and organisations is a critical step
  • Explore - the flaws in the current legal system, and decolonise and explore the positive opportunities that Earth Laws, Earth jurisprudence, and First Laws can offer
  • Redesign - community based rules and governance, based on unique place-based approaches nd First Nations' peoples' leadership
  • Strengthen – relationships between groups
  • Declare/Assert – positive intentions and goals, including Community Declarations for Ecological Health and Draft Laws for the Rights of Ancestral Beings & their Custodians
  • Assess – the ecological health of local ecosystems and the bioregion, and create scenarios for the future, based on Earth centred values and approaches. AELA works in partnership with multiple conservation and other organisations and draws on its own programs:
    • The Greenprints Initiative, including: New Economy Network Australia – assessing economic transitions
    • Peoples’ Tribunal – to investigate specific issues, eg logging, other
  • Keep building - the local network – invite new groups, organisations, local businesses and the Local Council to explore scenarios and objectives
  • Refine the redesign! Keep exploring and refining community based rules and governance, based on unique place-based approaches and First Nations peoples' leadership
  • Prioritise - scenarios, transitions, core values and objectives
  • Quantify - what new economic transitions might look like, to ensure long term bioregional eco-sustainability
  • Hold Citizens Assemblies to assist with community discussions and decisions about ways forward
  • Advocate together for change - including system reform of laws and institutions
  • Begin implementing - all those measures that can implemented

Members of our Network (so far):

Communities who are part of ANCEG since it was created in late 2020 include:

  • Sunshine Coast Greenprints Working Group, Queensland
  • Bellingen Earth Laws Advocates, NSW
  • Clarence River Earth Advocates, NSW


Contact Us

If you would like further information about, or express interest in joining, the ANCEG, please email us -