Within the development of the Coordinated Audit of Mining Environmental Liabilities – MEL, the second webinar was held at the facilities of the Comptroller General of the Republic of Chile on December 10, which aimed to provide background information on regional initiatives that address the treatment of MEL, in addition to a general evaluation of the governance structures available for its management, identifying deficiencies in the management implemented to date.
The webinar was mainly aimed at SAIs of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, the Dominican Republic, as well as the Honorable Court of Accounts of the Province of Buenos Aires and of the Court of Accounts of the State of Bahia of Brazil, which will perform their functions within the framework of the coordinated audit during the 2020 year, evaluating the actions oriented towards the integral management of the MELs and that tend to correct the alterations in the environment and recover the natural conditions of the sites that are affected by these polluting structures. Also participating were SAI officials interested in the topic and the general public.
The activity was attended by panelists Greece Pérez de Arce, trilingual Energy Mechanic, MSc, expert in energy conservation efficiency, quality and energy management, with an outstanding track record in the area, both in public service and consultancy, and who has promoted various regulations regarding the closure of mines, as well as the bill on mining liabilities.
In addition, Achim Constantin, Senior Project Manager for the cooperation of the program for the sustainable management of mineral resources in the Andean countries, from the German Federal Institute of Geosciences and Natural Resources BGR of the German Geological Service, with extensive knowledge on the subject and the situation of the Andean region, working with ECLAC and GIZ on the MINSUS – Sustainable Mining project.
This audit is developed within the OLACEFS’ Public Works Audit Working Group, GTOP, which will be executed during the 2020 year and is framed in the strengthening of the role of SAIs in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, specifically with Sustainable Development Goals No. 12 (Ensure sustainable consumption and production methods) and No. 15 (Life of terrestrial ecosystems), promoting governance structures that favor the integral management of MELs.
It should be noted that this initiative has the technical and financial support of the German Cooperation through the OLACEFS-GIZ Project for strengthening of external control in environmental matters.
Below, you can watch the video and the presentations of the session: