National / International Collaborative Projects

The Geological Survey of Pakistan, besides its regular field programme, undertakes a number of collaborative projects, with both national and international agencies. On the request of provincial and federal departments/agencies, quite a few projects are undertaken in the field of mineral investigation, engineering geology and groundwater studies. The collaborative programs with the following national and international agencies are likely to be undertaken in 2020-21 after approval of work deposit/contractual work rules.

  1. Geological Mapping of KPK.
  2. Geological survey of Pakistan & China Geological survey collaborative project.
  3. MoU GSP-Quaid e Azam University Earth Sciences Department.

The collaborative programmes with the following national and international agencies are previously done.

NATIONAL AGENCIES

  • Directorate General of Mineral Development (DMD), Baluchistan.
  • Directorate General of Mineral Development (DMD), Punjab.
  • Irrigation Department, Government of Baluchistan.
  • National Disaster Management Authority Pakistan (NDMA).
  • Saindak Metal Ltd. (SML).
  • Askari Cement Limited.
  • Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco).

INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES

Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO):

Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) is an intergovernmental regional organization encompassing countries from Europe, Caucuses and Central Asia, Middle East and South Asia with more than 460 million inhabitants and over 8 million square kilometers connecting Russia to the Persian Gulf and China to Europe. The overall objective of the Organization is the sustainable economic development of its Member States and the Region as a whole. Pakistan being an important country in the region is playing an active role in ECO. ECO has launched different projects relating to Geosciences. GSP as a National Organization in this field provides its technical cooperation to the ECO ongoing project especially on ECO Seismic Hazard Reduction Program (SHARP).ECO-SHARP is a regional forum for collaboration and exchanges the experiences and knowledge and challenge in seismic hazard reduction in the ECO Member States, with an objective reduce the threat to public safety and to minimize the loss of life and property through the ECO Member States region.

China Geological Survey (CGS):

A collaborative project between Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) and China Geological Survey (CGS) was initiated during the 2015-16 under an MOU between two countries. With an objective to geochemically map the country and to collect the geochemical stream sediments from all over the Pakistan. Under this project a training program for capacity building of 48 geoscientist from GSP was also arranged. Uptill now More than 3,500 stream sediment samples were collected from 350,000 sq.km. area on 1: 1,000,000 scale from Punjab, Sindh, KPK, Balochistan, AJK and Gilgit Baltistan. The potential anomalies will be chosen for further work on 1:250,000 scale to extend the investigations. The collected samples are being analyzed for 69 elements.

GSP and University of Savoie, France:

Technical cooperation between the Geological Survey of Pakistan and University of Savoie, Chambery & Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France was initiated after the 2005 earthquake. After the earthquake, a GPS network was installed to monitor the post-seismic displacements in earthquake-affected areas and in other areas of Northern Pakistan.

Initially 2005 earthquake affected areas were selected for quantification of post-seismic deformation and Neotectonics and afterward research areas were extended to the Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu & Kashmir, Potwar Plateau including Islamabad, Salt Range and Kirana Hills in the Punjab Plains. GSP and France have been in technical collaboration from 2005 to 2012. Under the project, 70 GPS-Geodesy Network Stations have been installed for monitoring of active faults in northern Pakistan.

The monitoring strategy was defined in such a way as to identify the spatial and temporal evolution of the post-seismic displacements and other areas. GSP and the University of Savoie, France have again agreed to the upcoming research activities for 2017-18 in continuation of Neotectonics and Quantification of Seismic Deformation in Northern Pakistan. The Nepal working model will be included in the upcoming research. One GSP officer has been sent to Nepal for training. The upcoming collaborative phase will largely contribute to providing GSP a leading role for solving the problems of Neotectonics and Seismology in Pakistan.