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NEPA improves in investigating environmental threats – Auditor General report

Published:Thursday | September 29, 2016 | 2:48 PM

A performance audit of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has showed a significant improvement in response of the body to environmental threats reported by members of the public.

In a follow-up audit of the agency, the Pamela Monroe Ellis-led Auditor General’s Department found that NEPA investigated 90 per cent of complaints during the period April 2010 to March 2015.

This compares with 42 per cent reported in a previous audit.

The Auditor General’s Department had conducted a performance audit of the environmental agency in December 2010.

The department says in addition to conducting more investigations, NEPA also increased its enforcement activities during the period under review.

The Auditor General reported that enforcement activities for the period April 2010 to March 2015 totalled 3,604.

This compares with 922 for the previous period of assessment.

NEPA also prepared two State of the Environment reports detailing the condition of the country’s natural and environmental resources, the issues that threaten the conservation of environmental assets and the actions to be taken to ensure sustainable development.

However, one of the reports covering the period 2011 to 2013 is yet to be published.

The agency told the Auditor General that the document was not published owing to inadequate funding support from the Government.

The 2010 State of the Environment report which covered the period 2008 to 2010, was published in 2011.