Mining Indaba, ASM Guidance Released, Assessments in Rwanda and Mauritania, PDAC forum
The IGF Secretariat team is enjoying the opportunity to meet with stakeholders and representatives from member governments at Mining Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa, this week. We hope many of you will be able to attend our Sustainability Roundtables on Tuesday or stop by our booth.
Our assessment teams received warm welcomes in Mauritania and Rwanda last week while performing field visits for Mining Policy Framework assessments.
We are also looking forward to co-hosting a Sustainability Forum on the sidelines of the 2017 PDAC Convention with our partners, the World Economic Forum and the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada.
See below for more details.
Find us at INDABA
We hope many of you will be able to attend our Sustainability Roundtables on Tuesday at 2 pm in suite 1.41 at Mining Indaba in Cape Town, South Africa.
Please also take the time to stop by booth 1303 to learn more about how IGF helps governments leverage mining for sustainable development.
IGF Director Greg Radford will be moderating a panel discussion on making the mining industry more transparent Thursday at 10:40 am in Auditorium II.
IGF Deputy Director Matthew Bliss will be speaking on a panel about how artisanal and small-scale (ASM) mining can be a catalyst for socioeconomic development Thursday at 11:55 am in Auditorium II. He also spoke Monday at a World Bank session on promoting responsible ASM development.
Governments struggling to manage the complex and sometimes chaotic ASM sector have a new toolkit: guidance developed by IGF. The guidance includes direction on how to ensure effective, inclusive strategy development and implementation, as well as effective governance of the process overall.
IGF Guidance for Governments: Managing Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining presents a step-by-step process governments can employ to develop, implement and monitor an effective ASM Management Strategy. The guidance includes direction on how to ensure effective, inclusive strategy development and implementation, as well as effective governance of the process overall.
MPF Assessment in Rwanda
The IGF assessment team was in Rwanda in early February for a field visit.
Rwanda’s small-scale mining sector integrates women and men into the mining and processing workforce, which was evident during a tour of an underground tungsten mine in Northern Rwanda, close to the famous gorillas of Volcanoes National Park.
New Bugarama Mine personnel showed IGF their entire operation from the mine face through to processing, drying, bagging and tagging. They use a combination of hand mining of the wolframite mineral as well as mechanization. Investing in further mechanization will be decided based on metal prices, license renewal, and new mining standards coming into effect.
Watch your inbox for a full field report in the coming weeks.
MPF Assessment in Mauritania
The IGF assessment team was in Mauritania in early February for a field visit.
During meetings with government representatives, civil society and other stakeholders, one area of concern was the ASM sector. A gold rush that began last year is posing significant challenges for Mauritania, where efforts are underway to formalize the sector
The MPF team was able to visit the site of the gold rush, during which up to 20,000 artisanal miners descended upon on a concentrated area of the country in the hopes of striking it rich. Camps were set up nearly overnight, and were abandoned just as quickly without any restoration. Mauritania does not have a history of ASM, and as such, the rush took many by surprise. Controlling and formalizing these activities, in the hopes of reducing their negative social and environmental impacts, is now a key area of focus for the government.
We will share more details and insights in the coming weeks.
PDAC Sustainability Forum
IGF will be co-hosting a Sustainability Forum on the sidelines of the 2017 PDAC Convention with our partners, the World Economic Forum and the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada.
Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 will require unprecedented cooperation and collaboration among governments, the private sector, communities and non-governmental organizations. The mining sector has the opportunity and potential to positively contribute to all 17 SDGs. Many of the minerals produced by mining are also essential building blocks to technologies, infrastructure, energy and agriculture.
If you are interested in attending this invitation-only event please contact the IGF Secretariat at Secretariat@IGFMining.org