The CEN coordinates the work of national caucuses made up of participants drawn from its affiliated member groups.
These caucuses address essential environmental issues such as atmosphere and energy, biological diversity, biotechnology, environmental planning and assessment, environmental economics, environmental education, agriculture, forests, health, mining, toxics and water.
Furthermore, CEN’s youth caucus has partnered with other Canadian youth organizations in setting up the Youth Environmental Network. In addition, the CEN Forum on the World Summit on Sustainable Development organized ENGO activities in the weeks leading up to, during, and following the Summit in Johannesburg.
The CEN also encourages Canadian ENGOs to form close bonds with ENGOs in the South by supporting mutual cooperation and partnerships. CEN’s member groups participate with Southern partners in promoting practical approaches to environmental health and sustainable ways of life.
Working groups are often formed to support the participation of CEN members in specific public consultations which focus on critical issues.
Examples include: the development of “best practices” in environment; the establishment of legislative reforms; the development of the Harmonization Accord; and bringing representatives to official Canadian delegations for international meetings such as the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
The consulting, support and networking services, originally developed for Environment Canada, are now being used by other ministries and government organizations.
The growing list includes: Canadian International Development Agency, Natural Resources Canada, Human Resources Development Canada, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, International Development Research Centre, Health Canada , and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
The CEN’s egalitarian working practices have also engendered partnerships with unions, private business, and universities.
Environmental groups wishing to join the CEN can do so by applying to the regional network in their province or territory.
Organizations or partners interested in our publications, our services, or who wish to get more information about how to fill a position on a committee or delegation should contact the CEN’s national office directly.
The CEN keeps members up to date with important developments by maintaining a national data base of ENGOs and partners working in the environmental field.
Moreover, CEN compiling and publishing the green list directory which lists more than 2000 environmental groups, international networks, industries associations and governmental contacts. CEN also establishing links between Canadian ENGOs and others working on environmental issues around the world.
The selecting delegates who will participate in working groups, official Canadian delegations and consultations at home and abroad coordinating the Annual Conference on the Environment, an assembly of people from across the country working on environmental issues
- sharing information among ENGOs through discussion documents and a weekly electronic bulletin distributed to all CEN members.
- CEN providing research, logistics and promotional activities to support the work of the caucuses. The CEN or one of the Regional Affiliates can help organizations to develop links, create new alliances, and foster the support needed to sustain their members’ efforts in pursuit of their vision for a more sustainable and healthier environment.