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CCSM Indonesia Case Study Workshop (C1W2) on Public Engagement of CCS Projects

The Case Study Workshop, C1W2, was organised in Surabaya, Indonesia on 4-6 November 2015 in cooperation with the Geological Agency of Indonesia and LEMIGAS, both with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. The CCS-M is financially supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs thru the Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE) - Jakarta and Global CCS Institute.

The public and society at large are key players in the development and implementation of CO2 capture, use and storage (CCS) technologies, and the planning for public engagement and outreach is critical to the acceptance CCS. In recognition to this, strategies for outreach and public engagement in CCS Projects have been identified as crucial elements of government policies regarding the implementation of CCS Projects.

Dato' Yunus Abd Razak has retired as Director General of JMG

Dato' Yunus Abd Razak, Permanent Representative of Malaysia to CCOP, has retired as Director General of the Department of Minerals and Geoscience Malaysia (JMG) on the 11 September 2015. He is succeeded by Mr. Mior Sallehhuddin Bin Mior Jadid.

Dato’ Yunus is Chairman of the Malaysian National Committee for International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) and President of the Institute of Geology Malaysia (IGM), and in the past he has served as chairperson of the Steering Committee of the Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programme in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP) and Geological Society of Malaysia (GSM). He is also an Honorary Fellow at Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), UKM.

Dr Oystein Berg received an Honorary Doctorate

Dr Oystein Berg, Honorary Advisor of CCOP, and former representative of PETRAD to CCOP, received an "Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Engineering' from Petronas University of Technology on Sunday, 25 October 2015.  The presentation was done by Prof Chancellor Tan Sri Sidek Hassan, Chairman Board of Directors of Petronas, on behalf of Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, Former Prime Minister of Malaysia who was not able to come to the occasion. The presentation of the 'Honorary Doctorate' was part of the Convocation Ceremony for 1150 graduating students (PhD, MSc and BSc) and witnessed by approximately 3000 people in the Hall.

CCOP - KIGAM Unconventional Oil and Gas Project: Mapping of black shale formation for the prediction of shale resources - 3rd Meeting

The 3rd Meeting or UCM3 was conducted in Chiangmai, Thailand on 22-24 September 2015 with 28 participants from the member countries of CCOP.  The objectives of UCM3 are to use a geology-based assessment methodology to assess the potential of oil and gas shale resources in the CCOP member countries. The technical sessions looked deeper into the various methodologies used in the assessment and included presentations from member countries, sharing the methodologies and workflow of their own assessments. Invited resource persons where from the British Geological Survey (BGS), KIGAM, Pertamina (Indonesia) and LEMIGAS (Indonesia).

CCOP - DMF Workshop on Maximizing the Value of Oil and Gas Resources (CCSM-S5)

The 3rd Workshop of the CCOP-DMF Project on Petroleum Resources / Reserves Classification and Reporting System was successfully conducted at the Grand Mercure Hotel in Bangkok on 8-10 September 2015.  The CCOP - DMF Project is conducting a series of capacity building workshops related to petroleum resources and reserves classification system and reporting.  The workshops are participated by representatives from the Government oil and gas upstream regulators, national oil/gas companies, research organizations, academia, and serves as a forum for CCOP member countries to share their experiences and best practices in the overall oil and gas resource management system - the workflow, data analysis, capacities developed, planning and reporting system used.  The activities also leveraged on the United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources (UNFC 2009) and availability of the Expert Group on Resource Classification (EGRC) where the CCOP Technical Secretariat, Thailand, China, Vietnam and some of the member countries are actively participating.  Topics on the use of UNFC 2009 for Injection Projects such as CO2 geological storage were also presented and discussed in the workshops.

CCOP Geoinformation Sharing Infrastructure for East and Southeast Asia (GSi) Project Kick-Off Meeting

The Kick-off Meeting of the Japanese-funded CCOP Geoinformation Sharing Infrastructure for East and Southeast Asia (GSi) Project was held on 1-2 September 2015 at Holiday Inn Hotel Silom, Bangkok, Thailand.  Twenty-three (23) participants from the member countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) including the staff of the CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOP TS) attended the meeting.

Action Planning Meeting for the CCOP Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020

The CCOP Action Planning was organized on 19-20 August 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand with attendance by Chairman of CCOP Steering Committee, Chairman of Advisory Group, members of the Working Committee and representatives of 11 member countries. The meeting aimed to come up with practical action plans that are based on SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Agreed upon, Realistic and Time-based). 

The 2nd CCOP-DMR-UNESCO Symposium on Developing Geoparks within East & Southeast Asia Region

The CCOP Technical Secretariat, in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Bangkok and the Department of Mineral Resources of Thailand (DMR), has successfully co-organized the 2nd CCOP-DMR-UNESCO Symposium on Developing Geoparks within East & Southeast Asia Region-Geoparks in Mekong Countries on 22-24 July 2015 at Sima Thani Hotel in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.  The meeting was attended by 65 participants from CCOP Member Countries, including 1 from Cambodia, 5 from Republic of Korea, 1 from Lao PDR, 1 from Myanmar, 2 from Philippines, 1 from Vietnam, 3 UNESCO resource persons, 48 local participants in Thailand and 3 CCOP TS staff.

Aiming to bring together sub-regional, national and international geopark experts for a common sense of geoparks, geoheritages and sharing national issues/experiences of geopark application and development, the technical seminar was held with a two-day seminar in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand and one full-day field trip to visit geosites and non-geosites with potential to develop geoparks in the region.

CCOP Book Project Best Practices on Mine Rehabilitation and Decommissioning - Regional Meeting on the Production of CCOP Coffee Table Book

The CCOP Technical Secretariat, together with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), DENR, Philippines organized a Regional Meeting on the Production of CCOP Coffee Table Book on the “Best practices on mine rehabilitation and decommissioning” on 22-25 June 2015 in the Philippines, with attendance by 19 national coordinators from CCOP Member Countries and CCOP Technical Secretariat. Part of this meeting is a three-day fieldwork/site visit in Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation and Coral Bay Nickel Corporation in Bataraza, Palawan on 23-25 June 2015.

GTK - CCOP - DMR Workshop on Geohazards and Climate Change

The CCOP Technical Secretariat, in cooperation with the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK) organized a Technical Workshop on Geohazards and Climate Change on 15 June 2015 at DMR Conference Room in Bangkok, Thailand. The objective of this workshop is to have an interactive exchange of ideas as well as insights by CCOP member countries on aspects related to geohazards and climate changes, such as groundwater modeling in coastal areas, community-based landslide programme, geohazard early warning system.  There were 58 participants including 3 resource persons from Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), 2 from Chaipattana Foundation, 1 from Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, 2 from Indonesia, 46 from Thailand, 2 from Vietnam and 3 from CCOPTS.

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