The IGF’s flagship policy guidance and assessment tool is the Mining Policy Framework (MPF). The MPF lays out international best practices in six key pillars of mining policy and law: the legal and policy environment; financial benefit optimization; socioeconomic benefit optimization; environmental management; mine closure and post-mining transitions; and artisanal and small-scale mining.
MPF Pillar 4: Environmental Management
Alec Crawford, IGF Associate:
“Environmental management is the fourth pillar of the MPF and it’s focused on four things, typically. So it is focused on water management; it’s focused on biodiversity; it’s focused on waste management; and it’s focused on emergency preparedness plans. And really helping governments ensure that, in their mining codes, in their mining policies and in their mining regulations, that they have the standards that are needed to ensure that the mineral sector contributes the least amount of harm when it comes to environmental management. (So) the environmental, natural resources and ecological resources, ecosystems are managed in such a way that the impacts of mining are reduced and minimized, as great as possible.”