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“The ability of the planet’s ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted. The loss of biodiversity, caused by habitat destruction, pollution, invasive species, illegal hunting, overexploitation, and more, is occurring at rates unprecedented in human history—at the global, regional, and local levels. Humanity is, in essence, impairing the very foundation of our health and prosperity. Governments have a key role to play in reversing these trends and in protecting our natural heritage. So do environmental auditors.” “The ability of the planet’s ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted. The loss of biodiversity, caused by habitat destruction, pollution, invasive species, illegal hunting, overexploitation, and more, is occurring at rates unprecedented in human history—at the global, regional, and local levels. Humanity is, in essence, impairing the very foundation of our health and prosperity. Governments have a key role to play in reversing these trends and in protecting our natural heritage. So do environmental auditors.”  

– 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

Environmental auditing, which examines the sustainability of an organization’s actions and their effect on the environment, is an important part of the work of SAIs in developing countries. These audits provide information and guidance to governments and society on a wide range of issues, from land use and extractive industries management, to tourism, wildlife conservation, and climate change. They also allow SAIs to contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Ensuring SAIs in developing countries have the capacity to conduct effective and timely environmental audits is a high priority for donor organizations around the world. The SAI Capacity Development Database features a number of projects where donors and SAIs are cooperating on local, regional, and global levels to improve environmental auditing capabilities of SAIs around the world. Explore one of our highlighted projects below, explore more projects in the SAI Capacity Development Database and if you know of a project that should be listed here but isn’t, then please submit it here!

 

Project Highlight

Strengthening External Audit in the Environmental Sector – Latin America

This regional project, currently being implemented by GIZ, has two interlinked components: bilateral cooperation with TCU Brazil regarding developing instruments and processes for environmental auditing (incl. mainstreaming, sustainable development auditing); regional roll-out and strengthening of environmental auditing via cooperation with OLACEFS.

Besides strengthening TCU Brazil’s capacities in environmental audit, it is the project’s goal that the OLACEFS network provides services and audits in the environmental sector. Furthermore, TCU Brazil and other OLACEFS members shall improve its communication with internal and external stakeholders.

You can learn more about this and other projects in our SAI Capacity Database