Who We Are
The Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) is a member-driven organization that provides national governments the opportunity to work collectively to achieve their sustainable mining goals.
It is devoted to optimizing the benefits of mining to achieve poverty reduction, inclusive growth, social development and environmental stewardship.
The IGF serves as a unique global venue for dialogue among its 55 member country governments, mining companies, industry associations and civil society.
It emerged from the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa where delegates recognized the challenges and opportunities related to mining and sustainable development.
The IGF’s overarching objective is enhancing capacities to achieve sustainable development objectives through good governance in the mining sector.
We provide a number of services to members including:
- in-country assessments;
- guidance documents;
- capacity building training on critical mining and sustainable development issues and;
- individualized technical assistance to developing country governments requiring training or guidance on particular topics.
Our efforts are largely framed by IGF’s flagship policy guidance and assessment tool, the Mining Policy Framework (MPF), which sets out concrete objectives and processes for good governance. The MPF focuses on the following areas:
Legal and Policy Environment
A mature, modern legislative regime is one that provides clear lines of responsibility and accountability for governments and companies. Such a regime should provide the foundation of good governance and contribute to sustainable development in all aspects of social and economic life.
Financial Benefit Optimization
Taxes and royalty revenues derived from exploration, mine development and production should reflect the value to society of the resources mined. They should be collected and put to work in support of the sustainable development of the nation.
Socioeconomic Benefit Optimization
The conversion of natural capital into human capital holds the greatest promise for sustainable outcomes from mining activities. Maximizing the social and economic development contributions of mining with the host state, especially in developing countries, is a key goal of IGF members.
A mining operation that is considered consistent with sustainable development is one where planning for the environmental, social and economic transitions to mine closure must be undertaken throughout the entire life cycle of the mine.
Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining
Artisanal and small-scale mining is a complex and diversified sector that ranges from informal individual miners seeking to make a subsistence livelihood, to small-scale formal commercial mining entities that can produce minerals in a responsible way that respects local laws.
The management of a country’s natural resource base and ecosystems is the ongoing responsibility of any society seeking to become more sustainable, and any company seeking to act responsibly. How are a country’s ecosystems and natural resources – the country’s water, soil, air and biodiversity – protected and supported by existing legislation and policies?