Black Environment Network

Meeting: 
MQT on 2003-07-16
Session date: 
July 16, 2003
Reference: 
2003/1438
Question By: 
Noel Lynch
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The Black Environment Network concentrates on enabling ethnic environmental participation in the built and natural environment. They are anxious that the legal duty of environmental and heritage organisations to promote race equality will extend to equality of opportunity to participate in all the organisations' activities, information, expertise, resources and facilities.

1. What is being done to monitor whether statutory and voluntary sector environmental and heritage organisations are taking action to comply with the legal duty to promote race equality?

2. Is there any support being given to enable statutory and voluntary sector environmental and heritage organisations who are taking action to comply with the legal duty to promote race equality?

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Answer

Answer for Black Environment Network

Answer for Black Environment Network

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is not my job to monitor how others are complying with their legal obligations to promote race equality but I am taking steps to increase opportunities for participation of black and ethnic minority groups across the environmental field.The GLA has taken action through its equality action plans to not only ensure that race equality is addressed within the GLA's internal procedures but also through links with other bodies. In developing all the environmental strategies, we have carried out equality appraisals and I am glad that organisations like the Black Environment Network have had an input through our consultation process. I hope that this model can be a beacon for other organisations to follow to ensure that race equality issues are addressed across all aspects of environmental work in London.I am also taking steps to investigate the current barriers which may prevent individuals from black and ethnic minority backgrounds from training and working in the environmental professions. Discussions are already underway and I hope that this work will identify appropriate action that can be taken by the GLA to enable environmental organisations to promote race equality more effectively. .