In order to expand on the direction provided by the IGF’s Mining Policy Framework (MPF), IGF members identified the need for more concrete guidance on managing key issues.
The IGF Executive Committee therefore prioritized the elaboration of specific guidance documents for governments as a means to augment the direction provided in the MPF and assist member countries in their implementation of the Framework.
Beginning with Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM,) guidance documents will be developed across the six areas of the Framework (legal and policy environment; financial benefit optimization; socio-economic benefit optimization; environmental management; post-mining transition; and artisanal and small-scale mining).
The ASM guidance document will be presented to members at the Annual General Meeting in Geneva which will be held October 24-28, 2016.
Work has also begun on a guidance document titled “Government Measures to Reduce and Eliminate Illicit Flows of Money in Mining – Base Erosion and Profit Shifting.” It is currently in the early research phase.
The IGF is partnering with three organizations to conduct a comparative analysis of Sustainable Development Goals against its flagship Mining Policy Framework (MPF). This builds off previous work done by the United Nations Development Program, the World Economic Forum, and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment. The completed report will be presented to members in October 2016 at IGF’s Annual General Assembly and will be used as the basis for a proposal to update the MPF.