The Special Technical Commission for the Environment (COMTEMA) was created in November 1998, during the VIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Latin American and Caribbean Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (OLACEFS).

The mission that was defined is that of “contributing to the development of environmental audits by the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) members of OLACEFS, promoting the control of environmental management and guaranteeing the strengthening and integration of the Organization’s SAIs”.

The interest of the countries of the region to belong to the COMTEMA has increased significantly over time. In fact, during the last six years, 18 SAIs of the 22 full members of the Organization have actively participated in the activities of the Commission, namely: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Ecuador , Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Uruguay. This has allowed the Commission to address the evaluation of issues of regional and global interest, carrying out coordinated audits on Climate Change, Water Resources, Protected Areas / Biodiversity, Environmental Liabilities, SDG 2.4, in addition to collaborating and participating with the Audit Working Group Environmental of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI-WGEA); and contribute to the development and strengthening of capacities in the field, based on the introduction of work methodologies, guides and sharing lessons learned after each of the organizational meetings.

The Presidency of the COMTEMA for the period 2018 – 2020 is exercised by the Court of Accounts of the Union (TCU) of Brazil.