Professor Aila Keto has worked since 1982 as President of the Australian Rainforest Conservation Society to build support for the conservation of the natural heritage of Queensland. As a research scientist, she has identified numerous natural value in the rainforests of Queensland. She has made important contributions to at least three World Heritage Sites in north-eastern Australia. Professor Keto’s work led to the protection of more than 1.5 million hectares of Queensland's rainforest.
Her most recent achievement is the negotiation of a historic agreement signed by the Queensland Timber Board, the Queensland Government, and three major conservation groups that will ensure the conservation of the native forests of Queensland, serving as something of a national precedent for work of this kind.
Professor Keto’s achievements were honoured with the award of the Volvo Environment Prize in 2005.