INTOSAI – Working Group on Environmental Auditing

Focus on Water

Freshwater is essential for the environment and for people all over the world. However, there are ongoing concerns about the quantity and quality of water resources. They include the lack of access to freshwater and sanitation, water pollution from agricultural and industrial activities, flooding, desertification, and the loss of biodiversity. Safeguarding water resources in a sustainable way—one that enables future generations to meet their own needs—a public responsibility.

Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) all over the world have chosen to audit water issues to increase the authorities' awareness of and responsibility for freshwater, to enhance the quality of water management, and to improve public health and the environment.

The Working Group on Environmental Auditing (WGEA) adopted water as the central theme of its work plan for 1996-2001, and extended it for the 2005-07 plan. The WGEA has decided to make information accessible and available to all INTOSAI members and the general public. The "Focus on Water" home page provides information on how to audit water and water management and may be a useful starting point for SAIs that are planning audits of water issues.

The following are links to other relevant home pages on water issues. We do not guarantee the quality of the information the links provide.

How to audit water issues

INTOSAI WGEA seminars and workshops on water

Environmental audit reports on water

International organizations and websites on water