Auditoría Coordinada sobre Pasivos Ambientales de la OLACEFS
Report ID: 222

La gestión de los residuos sólidos y peligrosos, por ejemplo los mineros, como resultado de las actividades económicas, es de gran relevancia, dados los efectos negativos que su falta de gestión o manejo inadecuado pueden ocasionar en la población, los recursos naturales y los ecosistemas; lo que aumenta el riesgo de producir pasivos ambientales,

En el marco de las actividades de la Comisión Técnica de Medio Ambiente (COMTEMA) de la Organización Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Entidades Fiscalizadoras Superiores (OLACEFS) se  realizó una Auditoría Coordinada sobre Pasivos Ambientales para abordar la referida temática.

Esta auditoría contó con la participación de las Entidades de Fiscalización Superior (EFS) de Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, México, Paraguay, Perú y República Dominicana; así como de las Entidades de Fiscalización (EF) de las Provincias argentinas de Buenos Aires y Santa Fe; estando la coordinación de la misma  a cargo de las EFS de México y Perú. Además, la auditoría contó con el apoyo de la Cooperación Alemana a través de GIZ

Durante esta auditoría se evaluó la gestión estatal para la prevención y el manejo integral de los pasivos ambientales. La auditoría evaluó las acciones realizadas por las entidades gubernamentales responsables de la gestión (prevención/control y/o restauración) de los pasivos ambientales y su efecto en la en la mitigación de los daños que ocasionan en el ambiente.

Como resultado de esta evaluación, fue posible analizar los resultados de las acciones realizadas por 88 instituciones públicas responsables de los pasivos ambientales en 9 países de América Latina y el Caribe y en 2 Provincias argentinas.

Los hallazgos de la Auditoría Coordinada muestran que la política de atención de pasivos ambientales, diseñada e implementada por las instituciones evaluadas, no está consolidada, lo que ha provocado una contribución limitada a la preservación del ambiente, de las acciones de prevención y control de la generación de pasivos ambientales y la remediación de los existentes.


Pacific Regional Report of the Cooperative Performance Audit: Managing Sustainable Fisheries
Report ID: 237

This report provides a regional overview of the process and outcomes of the third Cooperative Performance Audit in the Pacific region. At the aggregate level, it reports the significant findings about managing sustainable fisheries (in particular the tuna fishery) in the nine Pacific island countries, which were the focus of the audit. The report also records the achievements against Pacific Regional Audit Initiative (PRAI) objectives, including building performance auditing capacity within PASAI.

Nine PASAI member audit offices took part in the audit: PICT 1, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, PICT 2, Palau, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu. Owing to confidentiality reasons, the reports of two SAIs are not identified in this regional report, as they have not yet been made public within their jurisdictions. As a result, these Pacific island states are referred to as Pacific Island Country and Territory (PICT) - PICT 1 and 2. Of the SAIs participating in the third cooperative audit, the majority had participated in either the first or the second cooperative audit. The Solomon Islands SAI was new to the cooperative performance audit approach.

Key Findings

The main findings from each of the three lines of enquiry are presented below:

  1. The overall finding for the first line of enquiry is that, while government objectives are set out in legislation, these objectives need to be reflected in sector planning arrangements.
  2. The overall finding for the second line of enquiry is that, while there have been important sub-regional developments, it is difficult to provide assurance that economic returns to the Pacific island states involved in this audit, are uniformly fair and reasonable.
  3. The overall finding for the third line of enquiry is that the accuracy of fishery data collection and analysis procedures as the basis for good decision making are less than optimal.

Report ID: 307

The performance audit on the audit of public revenues from the exploitation and production of oil and natural gas in Brazil, Colombia and Peru was carried out by the Supreme Audit Institutions of these countries. This audit was carried out in the coordinated audit modality, within the framework of the activities of the OLACEFS Capacity Building Committee, and was supported by GIZ.

Hydrocarbon production is a highly relevant economic activity for many Latin American countries because, in addition to its strategic energy importance, it generates significant impacts on public revenues, mainly through the receipt of government contributions. As a result, the correct control of these resources by the State is a sensitive issue.

The objective of the coordinated audit, under the performance approach, was to assess the regulatory, institutional and operational conditions in which the government agencies and entities responsible for controlling the measurement of oil and natural gas production and for controlling the calculation and payment of government shares from this production, identifying possible obstacles and opportunities for improvement, as well as good practices that contribute to the improvement of management. 

In addition, the audit included an analysis of the experience of the coordinated audit, based on a) the perspectives and main results of the audit for the countries; b) the perspectives and main results of the audit for the SAIs; and c) the opinion on the experience of the coordinated audit.


Report available in english and also in spanish.

2019 Final Report Transboundary movement of waste according to Basel Convention
Report ID: 328

The European Union has incorporated the Basel Convention into the Waste Shipment Regulation. It applies automatically and uniformly in the Member States of the European Union without the need for transposition into national law. The regulation is binding to all Member States in its entirety.

Partly based on the results of the 2008 cooperative audit performed on compliance of international obligations in the management of hazardous waste across the borders of their states, the SAIs of Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine agreed to re-conduct the joint international audit.

The purpose of the international audit was to establish the facts and assess the degree of compliance with the provisions of the Basel Convention for the cross-border movement of waste between Ukraine, Slovakia and Poland.

The audit was performed as performance with compliance elements. In addition, in defining the tasks of individual bodies in terms of the relevant legislation, it was evaluated how and to what extent the individual activities were performed. The audit therefore assessed not only the legality of procedures in transboundary movements of waste but also the efficiency of the activities performed and the overall effectiveness of the management system of waste transboundary movements.


Joint information on the results of transboundary movement of waste between Ukraine, the Republic of Slovakia and the Republic of Poland, 2004 - 2007, in the light of the Basel Convention
Report ID: 342

In  2007, the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) of Poland, Ukraine and Slovakia carried out a cooperative audit on transboundary movement of waste between their countries. The audit was aimed to evaluate the degree of implementation by Ukraine, the Slovak Republic and the Republic of Poland of the provisions of the Basel Convention,  relevant regulation of the European Union and National Legislation in particular:

  • Regularity of delivering the decisions permitting for transboundary movement of wastes and regularity and effectiveness of checks in this field.
  • Regularity and effectiveness of control activities aiming at detection of incidents of illegal transboundary movements of waste.

The audit was a common initiative of the Supreme  Audit Institutions of  Poland, Slovakia and Ukreine within the framework of the activities of EUROSAI environmental working group. The audit  was launched on the basis of cooperative agreement among the three SAIs.