Black Environment Network is a unique
organisation working for ethnic
participation within the built and
natural environment. We use the word
'black' symbolically, recognising that
the black communities are the most
visible of all ethnic communities. We
work with both black and white ethnic
Our work is recognised nationally and
internationally. We are seen in the UK
and abroad as the leader and the pioneer
in the field of ethnic environmental
participation, which we have created. BEN
has projects in England, Scotland and
BEN takes a unique position with regard
to inclusion. We believe that alongside
fighting racism, there is an enormous
untapped force for change that rests
within people of goodwill who far
outnumber racists. Alongside stimulating
ethnic participation, we work to inspire
and enable organisational personnel to
gain skills to work effectively with
ethnic groups, thereby creating a climate
and a framework within which ethnic
participation can take place.
We work with major players such as
English Heritage, Greenpeace, Heritage
Lottery Fund, the Ramblers' Association,
Groundwork, the National Trust,
Development Education Association, the
Wildlife Trusts, English Nature, the
Council for National Parks, Victoria and
Albert Museum and many others, acting as
adviser on policy and strategy, providing
training, and playing a key role in
promoting the organisational culture
change which lays down the basis for
effective work with ethnic groups.
We are instrumental in groundbreaking
work with ethnic communities, promoting
all developments in the context of
Our influence can be demonstrate by
the wide ranging engagements in which we
play a key role:
Governance and Civil Society. British
Council Conference. Invitational
participation as one of the 100 most
significant individuals in civil society.
Culture Society and
Environment. 7th International Symposium
on Society and Resource Management. USA.
Keynote Speaker May '98
Dircon. The Wildlife
Trusts Directors' Conference. Ulster.
Speaker June '98
3rd European Congress
for Outdoor Adventure and Experiential
Keynote Speaker. Sept' 98
Education Network Conference.
Keynote Speaker. Dec '98
The Year 2000 Art and
the Landscape Symposium.
Keynote speaker. Mar '99
Where are the Black
Leisure Managers? ILAM.
Speaker. May '99
Council for National
Parks 50th Anniversary Conference.
Keynote Speaker. Jun '99
Speaker and workshop. Nov '99
Speaker. Lancaster University Nov '99
House of Commons Welsh
Evidence on Social Exclusion. April
Government Review on
Policies relating to the Historic
Environment. Steering Group - Urban
Habitat Network Conference.
Speaker. May '00
Whose National Trust?
National Trust and Ethnic Communities.
Speaker. London Jun '00
Lancaster University. Paper. Jul '00
Arts and the
Keynote Speaker. Herts Arts Forum Nov '00
Equity and the
Environment. Royal Geographical Society.
Paper. London Nov '00
Forward to Action.
London Biodiversity Partnership.
London. Speaker Jan '01
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