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Technical Seminar on Jurassic – Cretaceous Boundary of Southeast Asia

The Technical Seminar on Jurassic – Cretaceous Boundary of Southeast Asia jointly organized by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) Thailand and the CCOP Technical Secretariat, was successfully carried out on 1 September at the Sukosol Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand with  98 participants from various agencies in Thailand.  The Seminar started with welcoming remarks by Dr Adichat Surinkum, Director of the CCOP Technical Secretariat and opening address by Dr. Tawsaporn Nuchanong, Director General of DMR, President of Geological Society of Thailand and Permanent Representative of Thailand to CCOP.


The 5th Asia-Pacific Coastal Aquifer Management Meeting (APCAMM)

The 5th Asia-Pacific Coastal Aquifer Management Meeting (APCAMM) was held at University of Da Nang. Da Nang, Vietnam, July 17-19, 2017. The meeting was partly sponsored by MONRE and co-organised by Hanoi University of Natural Resources and Environment and the University of Danang. A total of 130 participants from Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Korea, Thailand, USA and Vietnam attended the meet. There were 31 oral presentations and 16 posters exhibited. CCOPTS had attended the meeting to expose and advertise CCOP as future partner of the activity.


CCOP-KIGAM-UNESCO-MME Workshop on Transboundary aquifer-surface water management in Mekong basin

The CCOP-KIGAM-UNESCO-MME Workshop “Transboundary aquifer-surface water management in Mekong basin” was held in Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia,25-26 July 2017.The workshop forms part of the activities programmed in the CCOP-KIGAM project “Groundwater-Surface Water Interaction and Comparative Study of Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems in the Mekong Basin: Application to Transboundary Aquifer Management”. The objectives of the workshop are to promote the sharing of information and best practices among Mekong countries in transboundary aquifer management. The key players of each country in the Mekong River Basin are invited to address major issues and status of the groundwater management. Strategy to enhance collaboration to adapt to future challenges between neighboring countries is also discussed. A total of 22 participants from CCOP Member Countries (represented by Cambodia, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Thailand, Vietnam), UNESCO Bangkok and CCOPTS attended the workshop.


COP-KIGAM Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources Project: The 8th National Coordinators Meeting and Technical Workshop (UCM8)

The 8th National Coordinators Meeting or UCM8 was conducted at the Grand Inna Malioboro Hotel, Yogyakarta on 18-20 July 2017 with 30 participants. In attendance were the national coordinators / technical staff from Cambodia, China, Korea, Lao PDR, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Vietnam and  Indonesia, the host country. Technical staff from LEMIGAS and Geological Agency - Indonesia (GAI) represented the host country at the Meeting.  Also present are staff from CCOPTS and Dr Erica Greenhalgh of the British Geological Survey (BGS), as the main resource person on shale oil & gas resource assessment.  

Present at the Opening Ceremony were Dr Young-Jo Lee (Director of Global Cooperation Division - KIGAM), Dr Mohd Wafid Agung (Deputy Permanent Representative of Indonesia to CCOP and Head of Center for Geological Survey - GAI), and Dr Adichat Surinkum (Director of CCOPTS).  Dr Wafid delivered the opening address and officially opened UCM8 on behalf of Dr Ego Syahrial, the Permanent Representative of Indonesia to CCOP and Head of GAI.


Workshop on Tropical Sandy Beach Processes and Morphodynamics under the Thailand-China Marine Cooperation

The Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP) with the Royal Thai Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and the Third Institute of Oceanography, China (TIO); Island Research Center, China (IRC); and State Oceanic Administration, China (SOA); under the Thailand-China Marine Cooperation, has co-organized a technical workshop on coastal management and geological survey techniques at the Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort, Chanthaburi province, Thailand, 8–20 May 2017. The Workshop programs include 2 days of seminar on “Geological Coastal Management in Eastern Thailand” held 8-9 May 2017 and 15 days of on-boat and on-shore training at the coastal zone in Chanthaburi province, eastern Thailand. There were 168 participants, which include 14 participants from CCOP member countries (10 from China, 2 from Malaysia and 1 from Philippines) and 2 from the CCOPTS.


Regular Training Course on Exploration and Development of Mineral Resources

Within a series of regular training courses provided by KIGAM/ISGeo in collaboration with CCOP for member countries, the KIGAM/ISGeo training course on Exploration and Development of Mineral Resources was conducted from May 22- June 14, 2017 in the International School for Geoscience Resources of KIGAM, Daejeon, Korea, with total 22 participants including 12 participants from CCOP Member Countries.

The training course aims to enhance capacity building of professionals from all over the world in the fields of mineral resources and to foster familiarization with KIGAM and related organisations in Korea. The nearly 4-weeks training course provided participants a learning opportunity from basic to applicable level of mineral exploration and development and of related techniques in the field of geology, geophysics and geochemistry. The contents of this course comprised an overview on principles and genetic concepts of mineral deposit systems, mineral resources and their exploration and assessment, mining engineering and brief overview on mineral processing and extractive metallurgy. A total of seven instructors were involved in the course.


CCOP-CGS Workshop/Training on IGDP-II and Compilation Technology for the CCOP Member Countries, 22-24 May 2017, Beijing, China

The phase II of the CCOP-CGS Project on Integrated Geophysical and Geochemical Data Processing (IGDP) was kicked-off by a Workshop/Training on IGDP-II and Compilation Technology for the CCOP Member Countries, held on 22-24 May 2017 in Beijing, China.  This was hosted and funded by China Geological Survey (CGS) through its Development and Research Center (DRC). 

There were 18 participants in the workshop/training from CCOP Member Countries, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam including the staff of CCOP Technical Secretariat.


About Funding Delegates from Developing Countries to Participate in the 5th APGN Symposium

The 5th Asia Pacific Geoparks Network Symposium will be held from September 19 - 22, 2017 in the Zhijindong Cave UNESCO Global Geopark, China. In order to promote the development of UNESCO Global Geoparks in developing countries, the organizing committee has decided to support 10 delegates from developing countries (preferably 6 from Africa, the rest from other regions) to participate in the Symposium.


CCOP - KIGAM Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources Project: National Coordinators Meeting & Workshop (UCM7)

The 7th National Coordinators Meeting or UCM7 was conducted at Holiday Inn Silom Hotel, Bangkok on 28-30 March 2017 with 26 participants. In attendance were the national coordinators / technical staff from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Korea, Lao-PDR, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Thailand, and the CCOPTS.

The objectives of UCM7 are to apply the Guideline Methodology for the assessment of oil and gas shale resources - looking into the assessment parameters, data to use, and work flow. Workshops on shale basin mapping using QGis software and resource assessment exercises were included in the agenda. The Workshop on QGis software was conducted to complete / update the shale maps of some of the participating countries. The KIGAM team of Dr. Byeong Kook Son and Dr. Tae Hoon Lee guided the QGis workshop.


GSJ-CCOP-GA Groundwater Project Phase III Meeting, 21-23 March 2017, Bali, Indonesia

The CCOP-GSJ-GA Groundwater Project Phase III Meeting was held on 21-23 March 2017, in Bali, Indonesia.  It was attended by 31 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.

The Opening Ceremony started with the Welcome Remarks and Addresses delivered by Dr. Adichat Surinkum, Director of the CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOPTS), and Dr. Youhei Uchida, Groundwater Project Leader, Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ, AIST). The Opening Speech was made by Dr. Ego Shyarial, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to CCOP & Head of the Geological Agency of Indonesia (GA). 



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54th CCOP Annual Session and 71st Steering Committee Meeting
Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2018 Busan, Republic of Korea




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