Urban Ecology Australia Inc is a community based, non-profit, educational association with an Australia-wide and international membership. UEA is accredited as an NGO with the United Nations. It has the following objectives and purposes: (a) To educate, inform and facilitate the exchange of information about the evolution of ecologically integrated human settlement through conferences, lectures, published papers, newsletters, participation in expositions and fairs, maintaining a library, and through other appropriate means; (b) To sponsor, undertake and encourage research to be carried out in relation to the evolution of ecologically integrated human settlement. (c) To provide an independent, community-based focus for co-ordinating and advocating action to transform existing human settlements in the direction of ecological integration, health, and social vitality and equity; (d) To participate in building new ecologically integrated, healthy, socially vital and equitable new human settlements. (e) To do all such other things as are conducive or incidental to the attainment of any or all of the above.