Aila Keto

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Aila Inkeri Keto AO (born 14 March 1943) is founder and President of the Rainforest Conservation Society in Queensland, Australia, now known as the Australia Rainforest Conservation Society. In 2005, Keto was a recipient of the Queensland Greats Awards.[1]

Born in Tully, Queensland, Australia,[2] Dr Keto originally studied biochemistry and worked at the University of Queensland.[3]

Keto was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1994 and was nominated as Queenslander of the Year in 2000. In 2001 she was awarded the Centenary Medal, "for service as an expert on wet tropics and as a leading conservationist and academic".[4]

In 2005 Dr Keto was awarded the Volvo Environment Prize for her work which, led to the protection of more than 15,000 km² of Queensland's rainforest.[5] This is only one of a series of awards that have been given to her for her environmental and conservation work[6] which has resulted in three successful nominations for world heritage status: Wet Tropics, Fraser Island and the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia (now Gondwana Rainforests of Australia).[6]

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  1. ^ "2005 Queensland Greats recipients". Queensland Government. Archived from the original on 31 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Keto, Aila Inkeri (1943 - )". Bright Sparcs Biographical entry. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
  3. ^ Williams, Christine (2006). Green power: Environmentalists who have changed the face of Australia, Lothian Books, pp. 87-96.
  4. ^ "It's an Honour". Australian Government. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
  5. ^ "Volvo awards protection of biodiversity". Volvo Environment Prize. Archived from the original on 2008-01-08. Retrieved 2008-02-28.
  6. ^ a b "Aila Keto Selected as a "Queensland Great" 2005". Australian Rainforest Conservation Society. Archived from the original on 21 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-28.