This Department's responsibility is to promote and manage mineral resource exploration and exploitation and to manage, exploit and preserve Vanuatu's Water Resources with the aim of improving the well-being of Vanuatu's people.
The department also works closely with numerous regional and international organizations such as SOPAC that provide assistance in various programs and projects mainly of a nature.
1. To promote and manage mineral resource exploration with the prerogative of improving the well-being of Vanuatu's people.
2. To improve research and development, of mineral resources, mineral and hydrocarbon development to sustain the country's economic base.
3. To preserve Vanuatu's natural heritage and undertake geological survey, natural hazard and risk resource investigations.
4. To maintain a database for efficient access to mineral and water resources data.
5. Require/request/provide assistance for geoscientific research projects from/to Scientific Institutions such as SOPAC, CSIRO, IRD and JAMSTEC that are involved with the Geology, Mines and Water Department to implement these projects.
The Department of Geology, Mines and Water is comprised of two main sections:
Mines and Minerals - In charge of managing and controlling all Mining and Quarrying Activities in Vanuatu.
Water - In charge of ensuring the sustainable use and development of Vanuatu's Water Resources.