Course #3: Smarter Monitoring and Auditing for More Effective Implementation




The IAIA20 theme explores the scientific, technological, and governance advancements towards efficiency and effectiveness in ESIA and decision-making.
Questions about the increase in the volume of data and the development of new tools and techniques in collecting data relating to the ESIA process are even more relevant for the post-ESIA phase of project development and satisfactory environmental and social governance through project implementation. Without having a thorough understanding of the baseline environment, supported by scientific and evidence-based data, it is extremely difficult to a) determine project impacts, b) determine ESMP effectiveness, and c) develop meaningful monitoring and auditing programs. By definition, monitoring and auditing activities require the collection and analysis of large volumes of data, which need to be interpreted and analyzed to provide useful information for project managers and government authorities to make informed decisions. This is a frequently overlooked but crucial aspect of the whole process.

The aims of the course, therefore, are to improve participants’ understanding of the different roles and responsibilities of environmental and social monitoring and auditing; explain how to set up a systematic, robust monitoring and auditing system following the Plan – Do – Check - Act Model; and demonstrate how to translate monitoring and auditing data into useful information for project managers. The course facilitators will offer lectures and case studies, stimulate discussions, and activate group work. We expect the participants to achieve these learning outcomes:

• Understand how to put in place effective monitoring processes in order to verify whether the predicted project outcomes and related mitigative measures are being realized, and to improve performance;

• Ensure the effective implementation of environmental and social management plans to protect communities and the environment through robust auditing systems;

• Improve reporting skills

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Participants must have knowledge of the ESIA process including the formulation of Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) and some experience with project monitoring or auditing.

Language: English
Duration: 2 days (24-25 May)
Price: US$575
Min/Max: 10-35

Charlotte Bingham, Consultant (USA)

Bryony Walmsley, SAIEA (South Africa)

Defne Arisoy, E&S Manager, Themis Energy (Morocco)


Charlotte Bingham has more than 40 years’ experience in ESIA, starting in the US in 1977.  For 18 years she prepared EAs for US and international infrastructure projects as part of a multi-disciplinary team and managed these teams for an A&E consulting firm. From 1994 through 2010 she administered EA processes and conducted EA review with USAID (Senior Regional Advisor at regional office in Nairobi), the World Bank (Africa Safeguards Coordinator and Lead Environmental Specialist) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC Senior Director and Practice Leader).  As a consultant from 2010 through the present, she provides technical assistance on Involuntary Resettlement as well as ESIA and has served on expert panels.  

Her training experience includes:

  • 1973-1976:  Wheaton College. Massachusetts. Urban Studies and Field Work Program Instructor.
  • 1980: Responsible for two-week Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Training for Transportation Planners, Ministry of Transport, Guyana.
  • 1982: Co-developed and delivered West Africa Regional USAID Seminar in Techniques of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment hosted by Ivory Coast Ministry of Environment. 
  • 1989-1994: Instructor in Environmental Assessment Training Course, Centre for Environmental Management and Training, U. of Aberdeen.
  • 1991-1994: Developed and delivered (6 times per year) NEPA modules for Executive Enterprises Environmental Regulation Course.
  • 1994-1999: Designed USAID Environmental Documentation Manual for PL 480 Cooperating Sponsors Implementing Food-Aided Development Program, adopted agency-wide; developed training and delivered to 180 individuals of NGOs in five week-long courses. Developed the Africa Regional Environmental Assessment Training Course in English and French to enable USAID partners to prepare environmentally and socially sound, small-scale activities; led trainings for  more than 400 participants representing over 100 institutions in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania, Madagascar, Mali, Kenya and Rwanda.
  • 1999-2009: At the World Bank and MCC, training courses developed and delivered in safeguards consistent with the policies of each institution.
  • 2013-2015: IAIA Integrated Environmental Management course in Calgary, Vina del Mar and Florence.  
  • 2014-2017:  Technical assistance to World Bank to establish the Vietnam Learning Center.  Guided, prepared and helped deliver Training of Trainers courses in ESIA, Involuntary Resettlement, EIA Review, Biodiversity and Health Impacts plus shorter courses for PMUs in ESIA and Involuntary Resettlement.
  • 2019: Course on Effective Implementation of Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs): How can we Improve? at the IAIA19 conference in Brisbane.

Bryony Walmsley has 40 years’ experience in environmental consulting, starting in Canada in 1980.  She has lived and worked in southern Africa since 1983.  After 24 years as an EA consultant, she moved to the Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment where she specialises in capacity building and training, development of reference materials, external review of large projects, environmental compliance auditing and development and research of environmental tools.  She has extensive experience in all aspects of EIA practice, including participating and managing large EIAs for infrastructure and mining projects throughout southern Africa.  More recently, she has participated in multi-disciplinary teams for several Strategic Environmental Assessments on a diverse range of policies, programmes, sector and regional developments.  She has developed and conducted many training courses for a wide variety of clients, including the World Bank, UNDP, many African governments, IAIA (CBBIA project) and other private clients.  She developed and presented a course on Managing the EA Process at IAIA08, co-presented a course with Peter Tarr on Quality Assurance in EA at IAIA11 and IAIA12 and co-presented a course with Charlotte Bingham on Integrated EIA for three consecutive years (2013-2015) at the annual IAIA conference.  She was one of the trainers for the course on Effective Implementation of Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs): How can we Improve? at the IAIA19 conference in Brisbane.


Defne Arisoy has 21 years’ general experience in Environmental Management and Monitoring since 1998. She has been in the oil and gas industry for 19 years conducting training, environmental management, monitoring and auditing. After 13 years of experience in a refinery, Defne started her role in the TANAP Project as an EIA expert and continued with Environmental Monitoring, Inspection, Auditing and Compliance Reviews as Senior Environmental Engineer during the construction of the pipeline. She presented some lectures at the local well-known universities as a guest lecturer on Environmental Management and Monitoring, including HS. She has been serving as a mentor since 2015 in the project, which has been started by LIMAK Foundation, “The Engineer Girls of Turkey (EGT)” that attracts schoolgirls from all over the country having engineering education. The project is being carried out in partnership with the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Family and Social Policies and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) since June 2016.  She was one of the trainers for the course on Effective Implementation of Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs): How can we Improve? at the IAIA19 conference in Brisbane. Since June 2019, she is working as an E&S Manager in Themis Energy for Renewable Energy Infrastructure Projects carried out in Africa.