The Special Technical Commission on the Environment (COMTEMA) was created in November 1998 during the 8th Ordinary General Assembly of the Organisation of Latin American and Caribbean Supreme Audit Institutions (OLACEFS).

The mission was defined as follows: “To contribute to the development of environmental audits by OLACEFS member Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs), promoting the control of environmental management and ensuring the strengthening and integration of the SAIs in the organization”.

COMTEMA was chaired by the Court of Accounts of the Union (Brazil) for its initial nine years. On April 24, 2009, the Republic of Argentina took over the chairmanship at the Committee’s 7th Annual Meeting held in Buenos Aires, in a decision backed by the unanimous vote of the members at that time, namely Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Paraguay and Peru.

The interest of countries in the region to belong to COMTEMA has increased significantly over the years. Indeed, over the past seven years 17 of the 22 OLACEFS country members have actively participated in activities, these countries being Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay. This has allowed the Commission to evaluate matters of regional and global interest, performing, for example, four coordinated audits on Climate Change, Water Resources, Biodiversity and Environmental Liabilities, as well as collaborating and participating with the Working Group on Environmental Auditing of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI-WGEA);and contributing to the development and strengthening of environmental capacities through the introduction of working methods, guidelines and sharing lessons learned from organisational meetings.

The Chair of COMTEMA for the period 2015 – 2017 is held by the Office of the Comptroller General of Paraguay.

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