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To expand on the direction provided by the IGF’s Mining Policy Framework (MPF), IGF members requested the Secretariat develop guidance documents to support member countries in their implementation of the framework. These documents provide more concrete guidance on managing key issues in the mining sector.

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.

Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining

Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is a complex and diversified sector across much of the developing world. The guidance outlines a step-by-step process includes measures to ensure effective, inclusive strategy development and implementation, as well as effective governance of ASM management.

Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS)

The IGF helps governments address sector-specific tax base erosion and profit-shifting (BEPS) challenges to facilitate financial benefit optimization.

Local Content Policies

This guidance document identifies policies to encourage: local procurement of goods and services; direct employment of locals or disadvantaged persons; downstream and horizontal linkages; and building domestic capacity in the mining sector.

Environmental and Social Impact Assessments

This guidance is a tool to support policy-makers in developing new legislative regimes for ESIA and Environmental management. It includes a summary of international best practices and examples, strategies, and tools to aid in evaluating and improving such legal frameworks.

Environmental Management

This guidance looks at the role of governments in ensuring effective and sustainable management of the environment, specifically: water, biodiversity, waste, and emergency preparedness and response.