Delegates to the 14th Annual General Meeting of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) convened in Geneva, Switzerland, for a one-day pre-meeting workshop and training event. IGF Chair Alexander Medina Herasme, Director General of Mining, Dominican Republic, opened the workshop, and Greg Radford, Director, IGF Secretariat provided an update on the Secretariat’s work, noting progress made on engagement and outreach, the Mining Policy Framework (MPF) assessment methodology, and capacity building and technical support. Matthew Bliss, Deputy Director, IGF Secretariat, highlighted the success of the Secretariat’s work within the regions and with regional organizations.
Staff of the IGF Secretariat and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) briefed delegates on improvements to the MPF assessment methodology, and the recently-completed policy guidance on local content. They invited feedback on the draft guidance document on Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA).
Workshop participants from several developing countries expressed interest in how the MPF assessment methodology could help them to better explore their mining resources, attract stable investment, and add value for local communities. On ESIA, they welcomed assessments that integrate economic, social and environmental concerns. Other issues raised included the need for periodic reporting over the course of long-term mining projects, establishing multi-stakeholder monitoring mechanisms, and possible compensation of local communities affected by mining.
At the end of the day, delegates took part in a facilitated discussion of regional priorities, and posed for a group photo.
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