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 Secretariat was asked to develop guidance documents in order to augment the direction provided in the MPF in order to 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; socioeconomic benefit optimization; environmental management; post-mining transition; and artisanal and small-scale mining).
The ASM guidance document was presented to members at the 12th Annual General Meeting and formally released in January 2017.
Work has also begun on IGF Guidance for Governments: Countering Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting in the Mining Sector. It is currently in the early research phase.