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Regional Initiative against the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources

About the six tools

The Initiative operates six specific tools in its effort to curb the illegal exploitation of natural resources in the Great Lakes Region. This   approach   was   designed   by   the   ICGLR   Conference Secretariat and thereafter officially approved by the eleven Heads of   State   of   the   ICGLR   Member   States.   The   considerable successes that the Initiative has achieved since then are evidence of the utter utility of these tools which are hereafter described in detail.

Regional Certification Mechanism

This tool main focus is currently on four minerals, namely Tin, Tantalum, Tungsten and Gold referred to as “Conflict Minerals” under the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act (1502)...

ASM Formalisation

Formalization is a process that seeks to integrate the Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM) Sector into the formal economy. Effective formalization increases transparency...

Harmonization of National Legislations

The harmonization approach comprises the identification of key differences between legal frameworks governing the mineral sector in the different Member States and the legal provisions of the Protocol.


The ICGLR was mandated to foster EITI implementation in its Member States through the promotion of peer-learning. The EITI is an international standard that promotes worldwide revenue transparency...

Regional Database

Member States will capture mineral data from their respective mineral chains and store it in national databases, which will then be then transferred up to populate the Regional Database ... 

Whistleblowing Mechanism

The tool relies on the capitalization of first-hand knowledge about the illegal exploitation and trade of minerals through the collection and monitoring of information about these activities.

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