A review of environmental monitoring and auditing in the context of risk:Unveiling the extent of a confused relationship

Viegas, Cláudia V., Bond, Alan ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3809-5805, Duarte Ribeiro, José Luis and Selig, Paulo Maurício (2013) A review of environmental monitoring and auditing in the context of risk:Unveiling the extent of a confused relationship. Journal of Cleaner Production, 47. pp. 165-173. ISSN 0959-6526

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Monitoring and auditing are regarded as essential activities for process control and follow up, which contribute to improving performance in organizations and provide a key role in preventing or reducing environmental harm. However it is not unusual to find them confused with each other in the academic literature. This paper provides a detailed literature review of theoretical and review papers in order to clarify concepts and characteristics of environmental monitoring and auditing; and to suggest ways forward which can overcome this confusion. It was found that confusions stemmed from considerations of: similarities, hierarchy, overlaps, scope, risk issues and timeliness. The development of accounting and auditing over time was found to have led to a flexible understanding of follow up practices, and the disregard of adaptive management as originally understood in the impact assessment field. It is suggested that adaptive management, recovered from impact assessment and recent specific literature, can be applied to improve environmental monitoring and auditing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: environmental monitoring,environmental auditing,accounting,impact assessment,adaptive management
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2013 01:26
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 04:45
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/43648
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2012.12.041

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