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The 2nd GSi Project International Workshop

Co-funded by the Geological Survey of Japan, AIST and the Department of Geology and Minerals under Laos’ Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Second International Workshop of the CCOP Geoinformation Sharing Infrastructure for East and Southeast Asia (GSi) Project was held on 5-7 December 2017 at Sunway Hotel, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. Twenty (20) participants the member countries (Cambodia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) including the staff of the CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOP TS) attended the workshop.

Mr Khoune Phetsengsy, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Geology & Minerals of Laos’ Ministry of Energy and Mines, and Dr Adichat Surinkum, CCOPTS Director welcomed all the participants to the workshop. Dr Shinji Takarada, GSi Project Leader from the Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ) introduced the progress of the project to  all the participants and Dr Joel Bandibas of GSJ presented the status of the GSi system development.


The 69th Steering Committee Meeting, 20-21 Oct 2017, Bohol, Philippines

The 69th CCOP Steering Committee (SC) Meeting was held at The Bellevue Resort, Panglao Island, Bohol, Philippines on 20-21 October 2017.  The Meeting was attended by delegates of the following Member Countries (MC): CAMBODIA, CHINA, INDONESIA, JAPAN, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, LAO PDR, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR, THAILAND, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, PHILIPPINES and VIETNAM. Also present were  Dato’ Yunus Abdul Razak, Honorary Adviser, representing the Chair of the CCOP Advisory Group (AG), and the Director and staff of the CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOPTS).

Welcoming remarks were delivered by Atty. Wilfredo G. Moncano, the Permanent Representative of the Philippines to CCOP, and Acting Director, Mines & Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippines,and Hon. Edgar Chatto, Governor of the Province of Bohol. Mr. Shahar Effendi bin Abdullah Azizi, Vice-Chairperson of the CCOP Steering Committee, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to CCOP and Director-General of Malaysia’s Minerals and Geoscience Department,officially opened the 69th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting.


ECF2017 2nd Oil and Gas Tech Innovation Award

Diversification has become, and will remain the main trend of global oil and gas industry. Under the current and lingering energy price downturn, cost reduction and efficiency enhancement has been inevitably placed on the top list for petroleum companies’ management priorities. The implementation of new material and multidisciplinary cooperation has been widely recognized among the most effective tool to achieve this goal. The result for this year’s ECF Oil and Gas Tech Innovation Award proves this trend.

ECF2017 2nd Oil and Gas Tech Innovation Award Ceremony took place during the evening of October 11th, 2017 at Jianguo Hotel, Shanghai, China. Organized by Shanghai United Institute for Unconventional Resources (SUI) and the Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP), this year a total of 7 technical entries have been awarded this honor, as introduced below.


The 53rd CCOP Annual Session, Cebu City, Philippines

The 53rd Annual Session of the Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP) was held at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, Cebu City, Philippines on 16 – 19 October 2017.  It was organized by the Philippine Government through the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Energy Resource Development Bureau (ERDB) of the Department of Energy (DOE) and other relevant Philippine agencies with the CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOP TS).

The Session was attended by representatives of the following Member Countries: CAMBODIA, CHINA, INDONESIA, JAPAN, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, LAO PDR, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, PHILIPPINES, THAILAND and VIETNAM.  MONGOLIA attended as an observer.  From theCooperating Countries, CANADA, DENMARK, FINLAND, GERMANY, UNITED KINGDOM and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA were in attendance.  From theCooperating Organizations,Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and UNESCO-Bangkok attended the session.  Energy China Forum (ECF)attended as an observer organization.  Also present at the Meeting were the Honorary Advisers of CCOP and the staff of the CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOPTS).


CCOP-SEADPRI-ANCST Workshop on Disasters and Heritage Areas

CCOP-SEADPRI-ANCST Workshop on Disasters and Heritage Areas on 15 October 2017 was the second of the workshop series held jointly with Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP), SEADPRI and Asian Network on Climate Science and Technology (ANCST) during the CCOP Annual Session. The first series, CCOP-VIETADAPT-SEADPRI Workshop on Geoscience supporting risk management, water and food security, was held on 30 October 2016 at The Berkeley Hotel Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand with the collaboration of Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), the Vietnamese Sub-Institute of Hydro-Meteorology and Climate Change (SIHYMECC), and the Vietnamese Centre for Water Resources Warning and Forecasting (CEWAFO).


Energy China Forum 2017: 7th Asia-Pacific Shale Gas Summit

Energy China Forum (ECF) 2017: 7th Asia-Pacific Shale Gas Summit was held 11-13 October 2017, at Jianguo Hotel, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. ECF is the largest leading forum for public-private dialogue on energy development, serving leaders and professionals especially for shale gas industries. Seven ECF summits had been successfully held since 2011. The aim of the 7th ECF Summit was to gather professionals and experts from all around the world to explore policy trends, discuss latest shale development, classify and study industry chain, access to business partnering and project matchmaking, to learn both market 101 and advanced business strategy in China Oil & Gas industries and having a face to face communication with Chinese partners as well as global investors. ECF 2017 was organized by the Shanghai United Institute for Unconventional Resources (SUI) and the Shanghai Energy Economy Committee of Shanghai Economist Association, with support from the China Petroleum Enterprises Association (CPEA) and the Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP).


Regular Training Course on Carbon Resource Recycling Appropriate Technology at IS-Geo KIGAM, Korea

The training course on “Carbon Resource Recycling Appropriate Technology” forms one of the regular training courses of KIGAM International School for Geoscience Resources (IS-Geo), in collaboration with CCOP. It was conducted at IS-Geo KIGAM, Daejeon, Republic of Korea, from 8-15 September 2017, with 10 trainees participation; 8 trainees from CCOP Member Countries, 1 from CCOPTS and 1 from Ethiopia.

The training course aims to foster professionals from all over the world in the fields of climate change, carbon capture, utilization and sequestration (CCUS) as well as to enhance the capabilities of the cooperating countries/organizations with Korea/ KIGAM. The course provides an introduction to the carbon resource recycling appropriate technology, and related technological innovations for CO2 utilization and sequestration. More practically, utilization of carbonated minerals for mine backfill, assessment of mine hazards and mineral extraction process from mine tailings are also covered.


2nd BGR-CCOP International Training Course on Risk-Sensitive Spatial Planning

The ‘2nd BGR-CCOP International Training Course on Risk-Sensitive Spatial Planning for CCOP Member Countries’ was held from 18 to 28 September 2017 in Quezon City/Philippines and was organized by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR, Germany)in cooperation with CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOPTS), the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB, Philippines), and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).

The BGR-CCOP Training Course is funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)and implemented into three training activities conducted by two BGR experts Dr Dirk Balzer and Dr Dirk Kuhn. The training courses represent a capacity building measure for professionals of mandated authorities in the fields of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Spatial Planning. It aims to support the requirements and future challenges of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), to strengthen disaster risk governance to manage Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and to promote the dialogue and cooperation among the relevant authorities. During the course, the participants are familiarized with the concepts and dimensions of disaster risk and the crucial role of risk-sensitive spatial planning as a non-structural measure to mitigate risks. Considerable effort is made to intensively train the participants in the practical sessions of pre-disaster risk assessments particularly with regard to the practical benefits to their daily work.


The 5th Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network Symposium

The 5th Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network Symposium was held in Zhijin International Conference Centre, Zhijin, China, September 19-22, 2017. The Symposium was organised by Zhijindong Cave UNESCO Global Geopark and supported by Global Geoparks Network (GGN), Asia Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN), Chinese Geoparks Network (CGN), Bijie Municipal Government, Provincial Department of Land and Resources of Guizhou, and the Zhijin Government. A total of about 800 participants from many countries attended the meet. CCOPTS had attended the meeting with the aim to expose, advertise and invite GGN/APGN as partner for geopark capacity building programmes.

The symposium opening ceremony and keynote speeches were mainly held on the morning of the first day, 19th September. Many oral presentations and some keynotes followed suit throughout the event duration. Many geoparks booths were opened and had attracted large crowd of interested participants.


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.



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IS-Geo Regular Training Course on Unconventional Oil & Gas Hydrate
Jan. 22 - Feb. 9, 2018 IS-Geo of KIGAM, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
CCOP-GSJ Groundwater Project Meeting
Mar. 5 - 7, 2018 Siem Reap, Cambodia
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70th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting
Mar. 14 - 16, 2018
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Third BGR-CCOP International Training Course on Risk-Sensitive Spatial Planning for CCOP Member Countries
Apr. 9 - 19, 2018 Hanoi, Vietnam
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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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