On October 15 and 17, 2019, the federal auditor Adriano Juras, of the Court of Accounts of the Union (TCU) of Brazil, presented the talk “Audit Institutions facing Aichi Goals and the 2030 Agenda” in the III Conference of Protected Areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Lima from October 14 to 17, 2019.

That Conference, whose previous editions were held in 1997 and 2007, was an initiative of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), through the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), and aimed to provide a space for exchanging experiences and discussing public policies for protected areas, seeking solutions for current issues for the conservation of protected areas in the region.

More than 2,000 people will participate in the Conference, including academics, government authorities, park rangers of protected areas, multilateral organizations, leaders of local communities, traditional and indigenous peoples, representatives of civil society, as well as the private sector.

On behalf of OLACEFS, 16 auditors from 9 member SAIs will participate in the Conference, with partial support of the project “Strengthening External Control in the Environmental Area,” carried out by OLACEFS and the German Cooperation for Sustainable Development, through the GIZ.

In his talk, the TCU auditor explained the work carried out by SAIs for the evaluation of governmental action in the environmental area under the aspects of effectiveness, efficiency and efficacy, by means of performance audits. He also described the INDIMAPA method, created by the TCU for the evaluation of the implementation and management of protected areas, and the first edition of the Coordinated Audit on Protected Areas of Latin America, carried out in 2014 with the participation of 12 SAIs of the region, and that resulted in a systemic analysis of 1,120 protected areas, as well as an evaluation of the progress in meeting Aichi’s Goal 11.

The speaker then informed those present about the second edition of this Coordinated Audit (2019-2020), which seeks to evaluate whether there were advances or setbacks with respect to the management of protected areas, as well as to evaluate their contribution to the achievement of SDG 14 and 15 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Finally, he stressed the importance of independent and systematic technical analyses of SAIs for the fulfillment of international agreements and for the improvement of environmental governance towards sustainable development.

This talk, which was followed by a panel discussion with experts, provided a rich opportunity for dialogue between relevant actors in the region on the subject of protected areas and the auditors present. It is hoped that this dialogue initiated at the Conference will open the way for effective communication between SAIs and the people and institutions that work for the conservation of biodiversity in Latin America and the Caribbean, for the promotion of government accountability, public transparency and continuous improvement of public policies.