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Who we are

The New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN) is an active communication network of non-profit, citizens’ groups working towards environmental goals in the province. Formed in 1991, the Network today comprises 72 member groups and 21 associate groups. The NBEN is a non-advocacy organization, which means that the Network itself refrains from taking positions on any particular issue.

Joining the Network
By joining, your group gains access to unparalleled support and an ability to help advance your and others’ causes in the environmental movement. The NBEN works to enhance your communications with other environmental groups, government departments, other non-government organizations and other sectors. We:

  • create opportunities for collaboration and mutual support;
  • coordinate and facilitate province-wide and regional meetings;
  • help identify groups’ needs and provide resources for building their capacity and influence.
No groups near you? Think about starting one. The NBEN can help you to get started. 

Caucuses and Collaboratives

Caucuses are issue-based mini-networks that offer groups an opportunity to stay informed and work together on issues of common concern. Joining a caucus can mean anything from receiving and sharing information to participating in campaigns, contributing to caucus planning, and meeting with government departments.

Collaboratives differ in that they involve not just member groups, but a wide variety of organizations and agencies.

For details on each active caucus and collaborative click on Groups in Action on the top menu bar.

Government Consultations and Workshops

The Network is often asked by federal and provincial governments to select or invite representatives or delegates from our member and associate groups for various consultations and workshops. 

Meetings in Local Areas

Local meetings bring together environmental groups, other organizations, and concerned citizens to discuss local issues and plan for actions. 


Annual General Assembly

An opportunity to network with people from around the province, to plan for the year, to learn more about hot issues, and see a little more of New Brunswick’s places to know. 


Online

The NBEN’s On-line Eco Community is for your group to connect, access resources and information, post news, and more. 


Members and Associates

Member status in the NBEN shall be open to non-profit organizations or associations who agree with the mission and the goals of the NBEN and that have as one of their prime objectives:

  • enhancing or furthering of environmental quality;
  • protecting the environment;
  • carrying out environmental education.

Associate status in the NBEN shall be open to groups that have as one of their objectives the enhancing or furthering of environmental quality, protecting the environment, or carrying out environmental education, who agree with the mission and the goals of the NBEN and are either:

  • non-profit, non-governmental organizations;
  • non-profit environmental multistakeholder group;
  • environmental committee of another organization such as a business or labour union, First Nations government or municipality.


Membership Fees

$40 For groups with budgets less than $1000

$50 For groups with budgets $1000 - $50,000     

$75 For groups with budgets up to $50,000 - $125,000

$100 For groups with a budget greater than $125,000

For Mi'kmaq, Wəlastəkwey, Peskotomuhkati, or other indigenous organizations, the membership fee is waived.

 

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Action Alerts

Have your say on Draft Water Strategy!

Wednesday, 15 November 2017
by Conservation Council of New Brunswick
A Water Strategy for New Brunswick

On October 6, 2017, the department of Environment and Local Government released a draft water strategy for comments. The draft strategy is available on the government website. Comments can be submitted by email to: waterstrategy-strategiedeleau@gnb.ca or by mail to: Department of Environment and Local Government, Policy and Planning Division, P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5H1. Comments will be accepted until November 20, 2017.

In order to help groups with their submissions, the Conservation Council of New Brunswick, in cooperation with watershed groups, has put together key elements of a watershed strategy and a sample letter to send to the Department.

Summary​ ​of​ ​8​ ​Key​ ​Elements​ ​of​ ​a​ ​Strong​ ​Water​ ​Protection​ ​Strategy

New​ ​Brunswick​ ​deserves​ ​a​ ​water​ ​protection​ ​strategy​ ​that:
    1. is​​ ​​science-based;​ ​(involving​ ​baseline​ ​data,​ ​tracking​ ​and​ ​taking​ ​into​ ​consideration cumulative​ ​impacts,​ ​environmental​ ​flows)
    2. sets​ ​water​ ​quality​ ​standards​ ​within​ ​a​ ​working,​ ​legal​ ​mechanism;
    3. conserves​ ​all​ ​water​ ​within​ ​​watersheds​ ​including​ ​surface​ ​waters​ ​(lakes,​ ​streams,​ ​rivers) and​ ​groundwater,​ ​by​ ​developing​ ​good​ ​conservation​ ​plans,​ ​policies​ ​and​ ​practices,​ ​and uses​ ​the​ ​precautionary​ ​principle​ ​as​ ​a​ ​guiding,​ ​legally​ ​enforceable​ ​tool;
    4. protects​ ​our​ ​marine​ ​coastal​ ​areas​ ​in​ ​law;
    5. has​ ​a​ ​meaningful​ ​form​ ​of​ ​​co-governance​ ​with​ ​First​ ​Nations;
    6. includes​ ​the​ ​development,​ ​implementation​ ​and​ ​enforcement​ ​of​ ​watershed​ ​protection plans,​ ​developed​ ​in​ ​a​ ​transparent​ ​manner,​ ​involving​ ​government,​ ​businesses,​ ​watershed organizations,​ ​farmers,​ ​municipal​ ​officials,​ ​and​ ​citizens;
    7. is​ ​accountable,​ ​which​ ​includes​ ​ongoing​ ​monitoring​ ​and​ ​annual​ ​reporting​ ​to​ ​the​ ​public​ ​on the​ ​progress​ ​of​ ​goals​ ​and​ ​objectives​ ​outlined​ ​in​ ​the​ ​water​ ​protection​ ​strategy;​ ​and,
    8. is​​ ​enforceable​ ​through​ ​a​ ​modern​ ​legal​ ​framework
Sample Letter
 My name is ______, and I am writing to express my support for a strong Water Strategy in New Brunswick.

I live near ______ OR I live in ___________ watershed

Describe your favourite spot to fish/swim/paddle etc.

Share your favourite water memory.

Clean, healthy water is important to me because _____________.

Have you recently experienced a boil water order? Blue-green algae? Extreme weather? Describe what is of concern to you.

I applaud the provincial government for moving forward on its commitment to protecting our water; however I believe the draft strategy does not go far enough to ensure healthy water for my watershed.

We need a water protection strategy that (Insert one or multiple key elements).

I am afraid that if left unattended, my watershed will face ongoing and increasing treats from (pollution, wetland and coastal estuary loss, loss of adequate environmental flow to sustain aquatic life, and increasing climate change impacts such as floods, droughts, and high temperatures.)

Please protect my watershed by implementing a strong water protection strategy with modern legislation that (note key element(s)) to ensure the health of our water and people.

Thank you,
Your name.

For more information, visit the CCNB's website.

Call for nominations for the NBEN Awards - 2017

Monday, 31 July 2017
by Annika Chiasson
Every day people and environmental groups take action to protect and restore New Brunswick’s environment.  

Over this past year, who stands out in your mind? 

We invite you to nominate a group or individual deserving of one of the NBEN awards which will be presented in style at Eco-Confluence 2017.  Send an e-mail to nben@nben.ca describing your nominee’s work.  Nominees must be members or associates of the NBEN*.

Nomination deadline is September 13, 2017.

*Current NBEN Steering Committee members are not eligible for awards.
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