With the active participation of more than 900 people, the ninth and last session of the Cycle of Webinars of Committees, Commissions and Working Groups of OLACEFS was held this Wednesday, September 2.

The session entitled Auditing Disaster Management in Latin America and the Caribbean, began with the speech of Dr. José Sarukhán, Doctor in Ecology at the University of Wales, who highlighted the importance of ecosystems and biodiversity for the well-being and health of the human species. He then spoke about the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity – CONABIO and the mechanisms generated and implemented by it to determine and evaluate the existing risks in Mexico’s biodiversity, the ways in which these risks should be addressed, and the way in which people attend to and implement the strategies that should be complied with to mitigate them. He also told us about Enciclovida, the consultation web platform created by CONABIO to learn about the species that live in Mexico and that could become a tool that all the countries of the world could use to control the biodiversity of the regions and give an adequate use to natural resources.

At the end of his presentation, Dr. Sarukhán highlighted the importance of auditing disaster management and that this auditing be meticulous in order to evaluate the conservation policies of ecosystems, since we humans depend on them. Precisely, the central theme of his speech was based on the relevance of caring for habitats, as an essential part of human welfare and health, the effect generated by the disturbance or imbalance of ecosystems on the emergence and growth of infectious diseases and pandemics. He insisted on the need for us to become aware of the relevance of natural ecosystems and how human activity affects them, as well as how we can protect, recover and restore them.

Continuing with the webinar, we had the participation of Mr. David Rogelio Colmenares Páramo, Superior Auditor of the Federation of Mexico and President of the GTFD of OLACEFS, who reflected on the change that has occurred as a result of the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in our region. Similarly, he highlighted the importance of properly managing disasters and pandemics as a social and ethical duty of national governments. He also emphasized the importance of governments adapting their regulatory frameworks and developing different prevention, mitigation and preparedness measures, as a way to mitigate disaster risks. Proper disaster risk management can save lives and promote the general welfare of citizens.

Continuing with his presentation, Mr. Colmenares highlighted the importance of the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) in the processes of accountability, transparency and improvement of public management, especially in relation to building better capacities of prevention, containment and reaction by governments.

This webinar was developed with the support of the Working Group on Disaster Auditing (GTFD) of the Latin American and Caribbean Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions OLACEFS, led by the Superior Audit of the Federation of Mexico, and whose objective is to promote cooperation among SAIs for the development of standards and good practices in auditing disaster management.

Next, we share the web pages presented and the recording of the webinar:

The National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity

Enciclovida

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Regional actions in times of COVID-19