To encourage and facilitate networking and communication among member groups in order to advance their work to protect the Earth and to promote ecologically sound ways of life, and to strengthen the environmental movement in New Brunswick.

Who We Are

The New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN), established in 1991, is a communication network that links together over 90 non-profit environmental organizations.

The role of the NBEN is to improve communication and co-operation among environmental groups and between these groups, government and other sectors. The NBEN provides educational opportunities for its member and associate groups and encourages the growth of the environmental movement in New Brunswick. The NBEN is not an advocacy group and does not take positions on any issue.

The NBEN is governed by a Steering Committee that is elected by member groups, at the annual general meeting. The Steering Committee consists of eight representatives. Two representatives are chosen from each of the following groups: Youth, First Nations, Francophone and Anglophone.

Our Approach

The NBEN’s approach is that of catalyst, facilitator, and leader, providing:

  • Facilitation – Facilitation of consensus-based processes in which diverse partners are able to find common ground and work toward common goals.
  • Strategic advice – With its extensive experience in the environmental movement, the NBEN is provides input and advice to its partners and to assist its partners in the strategic directions of their initiatives.
  • Networking & communications services – The NBEN provides access to on-line tools and teleconferencing services.
  • Administrative support – The NBEN organizes and schedules meetings and teleconferences, develops outcome-oriented meeting agendas, synthesizes meetings and teleconferences through minutes or reports, maintains up-to-date participant lists including contact information, which is available in the Eco-Directory.
  • Engagement –The NBEN is always mindful of potential gaps in participants in any given initiative, and continually works broaden its reach and increase involvement.
  • Bilingualism – The NBEN provides all of its services in both official languages.

Caucuses and Collaborative Efforts

The NBEN’s main communication and collaboration mechanisms include issue-based caucuses and collaborative efforts.
  • Caucuses facilitate communications among member groups and can provide relevant and expert input on specific environmental issues of importance to provincial policy-making and broader public education. Currently, the NBEN facilitates active caucuses on watersheds, Crown Lands, shale gas, and the Energy East pipeline.
  • Collaborative efforts are an innovative and unique model of collaboration developed by the NBEN over the last decade that provide an opportunity for agencies that share a common goal to advance the development of policy and programming that is relevant, broadly supported, and implemented on a cross-sectoral basis. The NBEN serves as secretariat for four active collaborative efforts on sustainability education, children’s environmental health, climate change adaptation, and biodiversity.
As a responsive and flexible organization, the NBEN initiates new caucuses and collaborative efforts and sunsets others depending on the changing needs of citizens’ environmental groups and other partners. The NBEN is always on the lookout for new partnerships and collaborations, and seeks new, improved, and innovative ways to facilitate communications among grassroots environmental groups and with other sectors.

Action Alerts

ACTION ALERT: Reinstate funding to the Canadian Environmental Network

Friday, 03 February 2017
by Raissa Marks
The Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks need your help!

Historically, the Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks including the NBEN received annual core funding from the Government of Canada. This was used to facilitate networking on environmental issues across the country, coordinate national and provincial issue-based caucuses, coordinate ENGO participation in federal public consultation processes, and maintain open lines of communication between ENGOs and the federal government.

In 2011, as part of the across-the-board cuts to civil society organizations by the previous federal government, all federal funding to the RCEN and its provincial affiliate networks was cut. This left the national network and most of the affiliates with functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work.

There is hope that the current government will provide for renewed funding in its upcoming budget. This funding is crucial for the survival of the national network and many of the provincial affiliate networks. A proposal has been submitted. It now needs strong and immediate support from environmental groups and individuals across the country.

This is where you come in!

Please take a few minutes to write to Prime Minister Trudeau and your MP telling them why you value the RCEN, your provincial affiliate network, or environmental networking at the national level in general. Feel free to use the template letter provided below. You can personalize it based on your experience or simply copy and paste.

Trudeau’s email is justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca and you can find your MP’s email here: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members

Let’s show our federal politicians that a strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada!

Draft Template Letter:

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

I am writing to ask that annual core funding to the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) be reinstated.

Historically, the RCEN provided a crucial link between environmental groups across the country, both large and small. This link was vital in helping communities address environmental issues right across the country and ensuring a robust approach to the development of environmental policy in Canada.

Since funding was cut in 2011, the RCEN and most of its provincial affiliate networks have been functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work. This is not acceptable. A strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada. I urge you to reinstate core funding for this crucial work immediately.

Sincerely,

Still Time to Submit Comments - Snowmobile Trail Development up Mount Carleton

Monday, 21 November 2016
by Roberta Clowater, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - New Brunswick Chapter
You can still send in your comments until end of day Nov 21 (Monday) on the environmental assessment report about the proposed snowmobile trail at Mount Carleton Provincial Park. If you're not sure what to say, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - NB Chapter has summarized some of our key messages here: http://cpawsnb.org/images/upload/key_messages_EIA.pdf

Please send comments or questions to: lynn.white@gnb.ca or mail to: Lynn White, Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1.
Mission du RENB