Our colleague Alyona Vandysheva took part in the 2022 Transparency School on Integrity as one of the speakers.
Together with the founder of Finance Uncovered Nick Mathiason, Alyona Vandysheva from Transparency International Russia conducted the plenary session How dare you? Let’s talk environmental corruption.
Alyona presented TI Russia’s case on countering environmental corruption which took place during the reconstruction of water treatment facilities in Baltic region. Our investigation uncovered many corruption violations, while monitoring provided by the civic activists confirmed that after a reconstruction plagued by these violations the facilities were causing damage to the environment. The publication of our investigation led to an official reaction and responsibility for the offenders.
In 2022, Transparency International Russia, together with the partners, conducted the Environmental Corruption: From Detection to Effective Storytelling webinar. Our experts and international partners shared with the participants of the webinar their knowledge on working with reliable sources of information and on the techniques of storytelling which help develop compelling stories of environmental corruption for the audience.
Corruption as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain in a form of action or omission negatively affects the ecological effectiveness and leads to the inefficient allocation of
resources, particularly natural resources. Studies have found the link between the increase in the number of corrupt officials leads to decrease of effectiveness, weakening of the environmental legislation, and underestimation of ecological standards.
Alyona also spoke of the ways in which civil society can help reduce environmental corruption, such as:
- educational programs
- public events and actions
- legal amendments
- monitoring and investigations
- ecological and legal expertise
- thematic web resources
- Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres (ALAC)
Transparency International School on Integrity established in 2010 is an annual anti-corruption and accountability training for future leaders which exposes its participants to the latest developments in the field of anti-corruption and accountability. School on Integrity offers its participants real opportunities to learn from leading anti-corruption and accountability professionals in a peer-to-peer learning environment and try and implement their ideas in practice. In 2019, Transparency International Lithuania received the Amalia anti-corruption award for the impact of the Transparency School.