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 6: Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining
Alec Crawford, IGF Associate:
“The final pillar of the Mining Policy Framework is artisanal and small-scale mining [ASM] and this is a big issue for a lot of our member states. A lot of them struggle with informal ASM that has wide ranging implications for human rights and for environmental protection.
The MPF is really focused on trying to formalize those processes. So, how do you bring the ASM sector into both formal economics systems and formal legislative systems? So how do you include artisanal mining and small-scale in mining codes and mining regulations, and then how do you also bring it into the formal system—so that they are paying taxes and they are contributing to the society and they can be trained on environmental protection and those sort of things? So that’s really the focus of our final pillar.”