Who we are.
The Irish Environmental Network is a network of individual environmental Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) that work individually and, as appropriate, jointly to protect and enhance the environment, and to place environmental issues centre stage in Ireland and internationally. The IEN works to promote the interlinked principles of environmental, social and economic sustainability. In representing the environment its Members represent a common good and not self interest. As a network, IEN is greater than the sum of its parts, with synergies developing from working together and sharing knowledge, skills, strengths and experience. The Network acts on behalf of its Members to secure core and other funding for their activities.
What we do
Raising public awareness and education
How we work
1 The IEN supports its members by distributing core funding to member groups annually. These funds come through the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Groups apply for funding and their application is reviewed by independent assessors and the funding distributed accordingly.
2 The IEN offers training and support to members particularly in the areas of communication, fundraising, and governance. Media training is provided to groups on a quarterly basis. Special training programmes have also been arranged. For example with the implementation of the Charities Act special training has also been offered to environmental groups in the area of governance.
3 The IEN provides funding to environmental groups to attend international NGO conferences and intergovernmental meetings. Funding is also provided for the preparation of submissions to national plans or policies. These funding lines give environmental groups the extra capacity needed to have an impact on important policy decisions in Ireland and internationally.