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Geological Survey Department  (GSD) is a Government department under the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining.  The department was established in 1922 after having recruited the first geologist in 1918.

The department has 2 Regional Offices located in Lilongwe the central region of Malawi and another in the northern region, in the City of Mzuzu. The department also has six stations across the country namely; Bangula in Nsanje District, Chileka in Blantyre District, Feremu in Neno District, Linthipe Ceramic’s station in Dedza District, Kanengo Coal Analysis Laboratory in Lilongwe District and Mponela station in Dowa district. The department has also 12 seismic stations across the country.

VISION

To be a dynamic institute of excellence that is innovative, self-motivated, development oriented and responsive to the clients’ needs for geo-scientific development.

MISSION STATEMENT

To acquire, monitor, update, archive and disseminate geo-scientific information of Malawi in order to foster socio-economic development and contribute to poverty reduction through the utilisation and management of minerals and other geological resources.

MANDATE

To collect, assess, disseminate and archive all geo-scientific data related to geology and minerals resources of the country.

To be a dynamic institution of excellence that is innovative, self-motivated, development oriented and responsive to the clients’ needs for geo-scientific development. 

 CORE FUNCTIONS:

·         Systematic mapping of the geology of Malawi.

·         Carry out mineral exploration programmes to unveil the mineral potential of the country.

·        Provide laboratory services for geological samples to the general public, other government institutions and the private sector.

·         Map and document geological hazards for proper land use planning and instituting possible mitigation measures.

·         Collect, update, curate and disseminate geo-scientific data.

·         Provide extension services to artisanal and small scale miners in prospecting, mineral identification and utilisation.

·         Participate in collaborative geo-scientific research work with local and international institutions.

·        Provide advisory services to the general public, other government institutions and the private sector on geo scientific matters

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