ALSAI participates in the Conference on Biodiversity and the 17th Meeting of the EUROSAI Working Group on Environmental Audits in Luxembourg

30.10.2019

On October 22 - 24, 2019 in Luxembourg was held the conference on Biodiversity, organized by the Estonian Auditor General, the President of the EUROSAI Working Group on Environmental Audit (WGEA) and the President of the European Court of Auditors (ECA). The focus of this Conference was on various aspects of biodiversity and primarily the concern for its destruction. This concern has also been recently reflected by the IPBES inter-governmental science policy platform in its global assessment report, which highlights Europe-s gloomy future in the matter. The conservation and use of biodiversity must be well managed in order to prevent the deterioration of natures contributions to humans and the preservation of its values. The joint conference was developed to offer an opportunity to learn about the latest trends in European biodiversity policies, as well as the opportunities and challenges of auditing for biodiversity.

The ALSAI was represented in this meeting by Mr. Alfred Cako, Chief Auditor and auditors Ms. Eva Kasmi and Ms. Eneida Seraj.

During the three days of the conference, there were presentations by representatives of different SAI-s, group discussions, and exchanges of best practices.

On the first day, the opening remarks were given by Mr. Klaus-Heiner Lehne, President of the European Court of Auditors and Mr. Janar Holm, Chairman of EUROSAI WGEA, Auditor General of Estonia, where after expressing their thanks they emphasized the main issues and negative impacts on biodiversity. From the first day's discussions, the importance was placed on the status and key threats to biodiversity, policies, outcomes and strategies in the European Union, as well as improving the situation in Europe as a whole.

On the second day were developed presentations by different SAI-s attending the conference, which served as an exchange of experience on various audits related to the issue. The ALSAI representatives brought the performance audit as a good practice on the Marine Protected Areas, a parallel audit conducted during 2018 between SAI-s of Cyprus, Malta, Greece, Portugal and Spain. During this presentation, the participants were introduced to the general situation and deficiencies regarding the management of protected areas in Albania, as well as the challenges encountered in managing them well. During the presentations, the participating SAI-s developed discussions in the form of questions about their benefits from these collaborative audits.

On the third and final day, discussions focused on waste management, climate change, and on the “Polluter Pays” principle. Also, there were developed group works in the brainstorming form, on the measures needed to implement the EUROSAI WGEA 2020-2023 Strategy.

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