Capacity Building on Environmental Auditing

Title: Capacity Building on Environmental Auditing

Environmental Auditing of Environmentally Sustainable Rural Infrastructure Construction and Monitoring

Key words: Sustainable Environment, Infrastructure Development, Livelihood Improvement, Rural Development, District, Sri Lanka, Empowerment, Security and Social Inclusion

Client: Ministry of Economic Development, Government of Sri Lanka

In Collaboration with the Empowerment, Security & Social Inclusion Project of North and East of Sri Lanka project (Reawakening Project) and the Gemi Diriya Project (Environmental Evaluation of Community Development and Livelihood Improvement Project), Ministry of Economic Development of Sri Lanka

Number of Water Practitioners Trained (Direct Beneficiaries) – 7 Environmental Officers from the Monitoring staff from the Reawakening Project and from the Gemi Diriya Project

Indirect Beneficiaries: Community recipient stakeholders in the respective districts

Duration of Each Training – Intensive training of 4 weeks at the University of Moratuwa and Gemi Diriya Office at Kotte, Sri Lanka, followed by supervised auditing and unsupervised auditing of community livelihood enhancement projects in 12 Districts (period 2011 -2013)

Spatial Coverage – 12 Districts Northern, North Western, North East, North Central and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka – Putlam, Mannar, Vavunia, Kilinochchi, Jaffana, Mullativu, Trincomalee, Baticaloa, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Ampara, Kandy.

(The course participants after the training conducted an actual audit in the areas listed above to fulfill the World Bank requirements – the list of projects audited are in the Table below.)

Course Team: Professor N.T.S. Wijesekera and UMCSAWM staff

Course Brief: Lectures on environmental sustainability, environmental requirements during infrastructure development work, adaptation and mitigation measures, operation and maintenance plans, documentation requirements during planning, designing and construction, EMP, monitoring formats, stakeholder consultations and data collection. Concerns with respect to physical, biological and soci0-econoimc environments. Evaluation and available practices to identify, efforts taken to avoid an environmental hazard, attempts taken to ensure wildlife sustenance, efforts taken to ensure vegetation sustenance, efforts taken to ensure sustenance of aquatic life, efforts taken to minimize pollution, community participation & ownership of the developed infrastructure to assure sustainability. Assessment of the situation with respect to the Gemi Diriya and Re awakening Projects, development and testing of environmental auditing guidelines, field testing, supervised audit, blind audit, and preparation of audit reports.

Districts covered by the Environmental Audit – Spatial areas of Direct and Indirect Beneficiaries