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The CCOP-ASEAN Seamless Geology Project Meeting


The CCOP- ASEAN Seamless Geology Project Meeting was held simultaneously with the 52nd CCOP Annual Session (31 Oct-3 Nov 2016), on the 2nd of Nov 2016 (9am-12.15pm), at Jubilee Ballroom A, 11th Floor, Berkeley Hotel, Bangkok. The meeting was chaired by Dr Yasukuni Okubo from the Geological Survey of Japan AIST. The CCOP- ASEAN Seamless Geology Project was initiated in 2013 with the goals of standardization of the geological legend, compilation of 1:1 million seamless geology maps and to be operated by the web-GIS system.

The meeting was attended by 19 delegations representing Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam & the CCOP TS. The meeting started with progress report presentation by DrYasukuni Okubo, followed by Myanmar field survey report by Dr Yutaka Takahashi from the Geological Survey of Japan and presentation on Harmonization over cross-border areas, by Mr Sompob Wongsomsak from the Department of Mineral Resources, Thailand. Further presentations on the future plan of the project were deliberated, again by Dr Yasukuni Okubo, and for Lao PDR by Mr Kuangnuvong Telpvongsa from the Department of Geology and Minerals. The tentative schedule for next year plan is capacity building in IT training and field survey in Japan and Laos, respectively, September-November 2017.

The discussions that had taken place came up with many significant points that include:

  • Seamless map produced by simple harmonization should be provisional maps demonstrated on the web. The provisional maps could be revised when a finding is achieved.
  • Malaysia and Indonesia: Bilateral survey between Malaysia and Indonesia was reported. The documents will be distributed.
  • Myanmar: Paper on classification of I-type and S-type granitic rocks in Myanmar has been published.
  • Vietnam: Persons from right organizations should be nominated by country ASOMM Leader for trainees.
  • Vietnam: Senior scientist(s) should be invited to participate to the field excursion of the training only.
  • Japan: Japan will update the ASEAN mineral resources database including remote-sensing data two years later, if JICA approves the fund.
  • Laos: Concerning the field for seamless geology, southern part of Laos is a candidate.
  • Myanmar: The field trip in 2016 was at Myanmar side of the Golden Triangle area. The field area in 2017 should be Lao side of the Golden Triangle area.
  • Thailand: Thailand requests of Japan that a young geologist from DMR, who was recommended by Mr. Sompob to keep and update the provisional maps of the project, is invited to the training course held next year.






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