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Levels of engagement

We have three levels of engagement, each with different levels of benefits and expectations

N-EWN Stakeholders

Stakeholders include government, non-government, public, private, and media sector supporters who are not actively engaged in work with the Network but who are committed to the mission of EWN and to promoting N-EWN products and activities.

Stakeholder-level activities can include, but are not limited to:

  • Signing up for the NEWN newsletter and email distribution list via the NEWN website.
  • Keeping abreast of N-EWN research and activities by, for example, attending N-EWN webinars, reviewing the latest N-EWN news on the website, or perusing N-EWN materials.
  • Promoting the work of N-EWN informally through your own professional network.

N-EWN Collaborators

Collaborators are typically individuals who want to take a more active role in the N-EWN. Collaborators are expected to engage in 1 to 2 activities per year (not including the stakeholder-level activities) and provide a summary of those activities for the N-EWN Annual Report.

Collaborator-level activities include all stakeholder-level activities and also include, but are not limited to:

  • Actively and regularly participating in one or more of the four N-EWN research groups (
  • Using (and crediting) N-EWN research to inform the implementation of nature-based solutions (NBS), natural infrastructure (NI), or natural and nature-based features (NNBF).
  • Hosting a N-EWN event at your organization’s premises.
  • Collaborating with a N-EWN research team on specific research, as an investigator or through activities such as serving as an outside advisor, reviewing reports, or sharing relevant datasets.
  • Providing access to an EWN project site for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
  • Providing access to data on their EWN project.

N-EWN Partners

Partners typically engage at an organizational level rather than as an individual due to high-level of expected engagement. Partners are should engage in a minimum of 3 to 4 activities each year and provide a summary of those activities for the N-EWN Annual Report. Partners may also choose to select one representative to serve on the N-EWN advisory committee (see the governance document for more information on this committee).

Partner-level activities include all collaborator-level activities and also include, but are not limited to:

  • Contributing staff time and financial resources to develop and conduct research.
  • Developing N-EWN educational materials.
  • Providing access to facilities, models, data, or other resources that can advance NEWN research.
  • Providing access to a demonstration, field, and test sites for data collection and monitoring or other kinds of research, education, and communication activities.
  • Providing internships or other work experience opportunities to the N-EWN community.
  • Hosting a N-EWN career fair.
  • Share NBS, NI, or NNBF lessons learned with N-EWN via a webinar series or similar.
  • Provide opportunities for N-EWN researchers to participate in the implementation process of NBS.
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How to join

Become a…

N-EWN Partner

Organizations interested in becoming a N-EWN Partner should submit a membership inquiry to the N-EWN Operations Committee. Interested parties are also encouraged to communicate with existing N-EWN partners about their potential role within N-EWN and seek recommendation from an existing partner. Partner requests will be reviewed by the N-EWN Operations Committee and submitted to the Executive Committee. Interested organizations will also be asked to submit a letter of interest.

Admission will be decided by the Executive Committee. The path to becoming a N-EWN Partner typically takes 3-6 months. If accepted, a welcome letter and N-EWN certificate will be provided. Membership to N-EWN will be reviewed and, if applicable, renewed every two years or at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

N-EWN Collaborator

Potential collaborators who may work with existing N-EWN partner on a specific project or research topic will be considered in an ad hoc process, and acceptance is at  the discretion of the relevant project lead and the N-EWN Operations Committee.  No letter of interest is needed to become a collaborator. Please reach out directly to the N-EWN researcher that you wish to collaborate with or reach out to a member of the N-EWN Operations Committee for more information.

N-EWN Stakeholder

Organizations and individuals interested in becoming stakeholders can learn more about N-EWN projects and events by joining the newsletter and email distribution list through the N-EWN website, which will include opportunities to attend webinars, information about the latest N-EWN research, and other ways to stay abreast of the latest in the EWN field. The “Partner Membership Flow Chart ” below shows a visual representation of the process used by N-EWN for reviewing and admitting new members. You can also download the flow chart here.