Realizing and understanding the role of meteorological services for socio-economic planning and the development of the country, the Department of Meteorology was established on 1 July 1980 as an independent office reporting to the President’s Office. The Department of Meteorology remained functioning under the Head of State’s Office until November 1993.
Among the key activities of the MRD are providing geoscientific information on Fiji, developing policies on mining and providing other relevant information and assistance for investors in the mining sector. MRD furthermore facilitates the exploration and development of the mineral, petroleum and other related non-living resources of the country.
The ARGV is responsible for implementing a programme of geophysical and geochemicl studies, within the IRGM. This structure focuses on natural hazards, and structural, geodynamic, and geological prospection.