Course #9.  Create confidence in IA by effective and socially inclusive monitoring and auditing based on ESMPs





The theme of the 2022 IAIA Conference invites IA practitioners to evaluate how IA can create confidence

for all the stakeholders in the ESIA process. Within this perspective, the conference will focus on policies, partnerships and participation in IA. One of the valuable outputs of an ESIA is the ESMP. ESMPs enhance the IA process by providing the framework for effective monitoring and auditing using the baseline data gathered. One of the ways to strengthen the confidence in IA is to involve local stakeholders in the monitoring and auditing phases, to ensure that the avoidance and mitigation measures outlined in the ESMP are being properly implemented and are effective in mitigating impacts. There are still gaps and deficiencies in the proper understanding, follow-up and close-out of the key impacts identified in the ESIA, which has inspired the course instructors to present this two-day course on compliance monitoring and auditing.


The aim of the course is to improve trainees' understanding of the different roles and responsibilities of environmental and social monitoring and enforcement and explain how to set up a systematic, robust monitoring and auditing system following the Plan – Do – Check - Act Model and how to translate monitoring and auditing data into useful information for all stakeholders in the ESIA process. 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 predicted outcomes are being realized;

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

  • Understand the requirements and methods of compliance auditing; and

  • Improve performance as well as reporting skills.


Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Participant Prerequisites: Participants must have knowledge of the ESIA process and some experience with project monitoring or auditing.

Language of Delivery: English

Duration: 2 days (2-3 May)

Price: US$475

Min/max: 10/35

Instructors: Bryony Walmsley, Director, SAIEA (South Africa); Defne Arisoy, E&S Consultant, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (Turkey); with video inserts by Charlotte Bingham




Bryony Walmsley


Bryony has more than 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


Defne has 23 years' general experience in Environmental Management, Monitoring and Auditing. She is currently working as an Individual Consultant for World Bank financed public sector Infrastructure Project. She worked as an E&S Manager in Themis Energy for Renewable Energy Infrastructure Projects carried out in Africa last year. 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 included as 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.



Charlotte Bingham


Charlotte 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, spanning from 1973 to present, includes:


  • Urban Studies and Field Work Program Instructor - Wheaton College. Massachusetts.

  • Responsible for two-week Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Training for Transportation Planners, Ministry of Transport, Guyana.

  • Co-developed and delivered West Africa Regional USAID Seminar in Techniques of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment hosted by Ivory Coast Ministry of Environment. 

  • Instructor in Environmental Assessment Training Course, Centre for Environmental Management and Training, U. of Aberdeen.

  • Developed and delivered NEPA modules for Executive Enterprises Environmental Regulation Course.

  • 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.

  • Taught training courses developed and delivered in safeguards consistent with the policies of each institution – World Bank & MCC

  • IAIA Integrated Environmental Management course in Calgary, Vina del Mar and Florence.  

  • 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.

  • Course on Effective Implementation of Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs): How can we Improve? at IAIA19 in Brisbane.