Earlier this year Sustainability East Asia (Sustainability) under the Australia-Mongolia Extractives Program 2 (AMEP 2) project collaborated with the Environmental Auditors’ Association of Mongolia (EAAM) to develop an Environmental Auditing ‘’Theory to Practice” training development program for selected Mongolian auditors to become globally recognised.
As a part of the larger project, Sustainability conducted a gap analysis review of international and Mongolian environmental auditing materials to develop a competency-based training module to ensure local relevance for local auditor training.
Sustainability’s scope was to train the auditors to become trainers themselves, who would then go on to train more auditors. The aim was to create an international standard of environmental auditors and increase the quality and prestige of the service provided.
Sustainability’s Environmental Consultant Nyamdorj Barnuud said, “the Gap analysis revealed the high quality of training modules that have been implemented by the Mongolian Ministry of Environment and Tourism. In particular, the knowledge-based part of the training module has been strong.”
Based on the comparative analysis reports, Chris Coutinho, Sustainability’s Principal Auditor, developed a 12-series environmental training curriculum for EAAM.
Chris Coutinho stated, “Core competency can be developed by improving auditors’ skills and adopting right attitudes toward environmental auditing. This result-based training module is based on theory to practice and designed to teach systemic knowledge to environmental auditors.”
Read about the full project in the AMEP newsletter here: Newsletter 8_Eng.pdf (amep.mn)
Since then, EAAM has gone on to to become the first professional association to introduce international certification standards in Mongolia.