The IGF’s overarching objective is enhancing capacities to achieve sustainable development objectives through good governance in the mining sector. This effort is largely framed by its flagship Mining Policy Framework for Sustainable Development (MPF), which sets out concrete objectives and processes for good governance. It focuses on the following areas:
As a non-binding policy guidance tool, the MPF lays out current international best practice in these six key pillars of mining law and policy. The members are committed to reviewing and updating this tool on a regular basis to ensure it stays state of the art.
- Mining Policy Framework – Revised October 2013 (PDF)
- Summary of the Mining Policy Framework: French (PDF)
- Summary of the Mining Policy Framework: Russian (PDF)
- Mining Policy Framework: Spanish (PDF)
The Framework was tabled over the course of the nineteenth session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD19) that was held in May 2011 in New York. It was presented as a compendium of best practices for governments to best deal with the full range of issues related to mining. Delegates to CSD19 recognized the work of the Forum, including the Policy Framework for the mining sector as a way to provide a systemic approach for developing mining in a way that promotes sustainable development.
The Legal and Policy Environment
A mature, modern legislative regime provides clear lines of responsibility and accountability for governments and companies, and as such is a foundation for good governance and sustainable development in all aspects of social and economic life. Is such a regime in place?
Financial Benefit Optimization
Do the taxes and royalty revenues derived from exploration, mine development and production reflect the value to society of the resources mined? Are they 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. How do existing laws and policies maximize the social and economic development contribution of the mining sector in the host country?
Are mining operations required to plan for the environmental, social and economic transitions to mine closure? And does this take place throughout the entire life cycle of the mine?
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?
Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining
How does existing legislation and policy support artisanal and small-scale mining to maximize its contribution to local development, minimize its environmental impact, and ensure that the rights, health and security of men, women and children are protected?