The CCOP-GSJ/AIST-NAWAPI Groundwater Project Phase III Meeting was held on 16-18 March 2016, in Hanoi, Vietnam. It was attended by 19 (nineteen) participants from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam and the CCOP Technical Secretariat. Dr. Youhei Uchida presented the progress of the Project from 10 February 2015 to 11 March 2016. During the period, the report of the CCOP-GSJ/AIST-DGR Groundwater Phase III Project Kick-Off Meeting held on 10-12 February 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand has been published, circulated to all the participants of the meeting, and uploaded to the CCOP website, http://www.ccop.or.th/download/GW5.pdf. The CCOP Geoinformation Sharing Infrastructure for East and Southeast Asia (GSi Project) portal is under development and is accessible by the project members from http://ccop-gsi.org. The compiled groundwater data of Japan, Thailand and Vietnam from the Project Phase II temporarily available from http://jcbwebgis.com/ccop_water/, will soon be made accessible from GSi Portal.
On the CCOP Groundwater Sub-Project: Development of Renewable Energy for Ground-Source Heat Pump System in CCOP Regions, two installations have been made during the period, (1) Installation of GSHP Horizontal Heat Exchanger at Chulalongkorn University, Saraburi campus, Thailand on June 2015 and (2) Installation of Ground Source Heat Pump System at Golden Jubilee National Geological Museum, Department of Mineral Resources, Thailand on March 2016.
Country reports on “Recent Groundwater Issues and Their Action Study” were presented by CCOP participants. Project report with the country papers will be published within 2016.
Group discussions were held on the actions taken according to the 2015 Workplan and the plan for 2016. DB Group I - China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea (Group Leader) and Thailand will submit groundwater data in excel format provided, by the end of May 2016. For 2016 Workplan, China, Indonesia, Korea and Thailand will update these data, while Japan will provide Groundwater data in Ishikari plain, and Kumamoto Plain. DB Group II – Indonesia (Group Leader), Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam plans to compile groundwater data of some specific areas. For the Public Policy Group – Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, PNG, Timor-Leste (absent), CCOP TS (Group Leader). In 2016, the group plans to continue availing the relevant training courses and workshops offered by CCOP and its member countries. The group requests more on-the-job training and participation of Web-GIS training courses. For enhancing policy of data sharing, the countries suggested official approach the governments for permission, and more assistance/support for survey & data collection. Dr Kyoochul Ha of KIGAM recommended that members of this group participate KIGAM’s ISGeo Regular Training Courses on Groundwater. Updates on the courses offered by KIGAM’s International School for Geoscience Resources (IS-Geo) can be found at IS-Geo’s website, http://isgeo.kigam.re.kr/. The meeting agreed that CCOP issues letter to all the permanent representatives of CCOP member countries requesting nomination of groundwater data coordinators for the GSi project, with attachment of participants list of the CCOP-GSJ/AIST-DGR Groundwater Project
A visit along the Red River were made during the field trip.