"To facilitate and coordinate the implementation of applied geoscience programmes in East and Southeast Asia in order to contribute to economic development and an improved quality of life within the region."

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CCOP–KIGAM Unconventional Oil and Gas Project: National Coordinators Meeting & Workshop (UCM4), Siem Reap, Cambodia

The 4th Meeting or UCM4 was conducted in Siem Reap on 7-8 March 2016 with 20 participants. It was one of the associated meetings of the 66th CCOP Steering Committee that was hosted by Cambodia on 9-10 March 2016, also in Siem Reap. Present at the Meeting were the national coordinators and/or their representatives from Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Lao-PDR, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia, the host country. The participating countries presented their Country Report that provides update on the assessment of their shale oil and gas resources, the challenges encountered in using the EIA/ARI assessment methodology, the technical know-how needed and recommended topics of future capacity building sessions. KIGAM also presented the results of the laboratory analysis of all shale samples that was submitted by the member countries during UCM3- Chiang Mai. KIGAM also reported that based on their analysis many of the samples are unclear or may not be a representative source rock of shale basins in terms of sample locations. They recommended that source rock samples should be taken carefully from outcrops and/or drill holes, considering the basin feature and geology. KIGAM also encourages the member countries to submit additional shale samples for analysis.


The 2nd Asia-Pacific Business Forum: Korean CCUS Technology for Climate Change

The 2nd Asia-Pacific Business Forum: Korean CCUS Technology for Climate Change were held on 7 - 8 March 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, as a collaborative effort among the Korean Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM, President Kyu Han Kim), Green Technology Center (President Changmo Sung, GTC-K) and the Korea-Thailand Chamber of Commerce (CEO Man Jae Lee, KTCC), supported by UNESCO, Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP) and other institutions. There were attendance by 67 participants from CCOP member countries, together with Korean invited guests and resource persons. Among the participants are President Kyu Han Kim of KIGAM, UNESCO-BGK Programme Specialist & Chief of Natural Sciences Ramasamy Jayakumarb, Director Adichat Surinkum of CCOP Technical Secretariat, Director-General Hyun Woo Shin of Green Technology Center and other international institutions and business representatives.


Workshop on Promoting Earth Science and Climate Change towards Sustainable Development

The CCOP Technical Secretariat, in collaboration with the Mahidol University at Kanchanaburi Campus, Thailand (MUKA), has successfully co-organized the Workshop on Promoting Earth Science and Climate Change towards Sustainable Development on 17 – 19 February 2016 in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.  The workshop was organized as a pre-conference event prior to the 5th International Conference on Earth Science and Climate Change that will be held in July 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. With support from CCOP and Mahidol University, this workshop aims to strengthen the research group on earth science and climate change, extending their work towards sustainable management for the local communities, and to establish a framework for the above mentioned upcoming International Conference.


CCS-M Second National Coordinators Meeting

The CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOP TS) in Bangkok hosted the Second National Coordinators Meeting (M2) of the CCS-M Program 15-16 February 2016. The countries represented at M2 were Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Lao-PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Ms Samantha McCullogh of the International Energy Agency (based in Paris) was also present as guest/resource person in the Meeting. The main purpose of M2 is to discuss work plan of CCS-M and update all members of the activities related to geological storage of CO2, the challenges of mapping the geological storage and capacity building needs of the member countries.


BGR-CCOP Workshop on Integrated water resource management in coastal zones with a focus on groundwater

The CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOP TS), in cooperation with the BGR-NAWAPI project (IGPVN) has successfully organized the BGR - CCOP Workshop “Integrated water resource management in coastal zones with a focus on groundwater” – experiences in East and Southeast Asia countries” on 19 – 21 January 2016, Can Tho, Vietnam. The conference was financially and technically supported by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of Germany (BGR), with attendance by 56 participants and resource persons from 11 CCOP member countries (Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam), BGR, IGPVN Project, National Center for Water Resources Planning and Investigation (NAWAPI), Mekong River Committee (MRC), GIZ, Viten Evides International B.V., Rise & Fall Project, Netherlands, Departments of Natural Resource and Environment of southern provinces of Vietnam, Provincial People's Committee (PPC) of Can Tho and Climate Change Coordination Office (CCCO) of Can Tho, and CCOP TS staff.


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

The GSi Project had a side-meeting on 25 November 2015, during the 51st CCOP Annual Session in Xi’an, China.  There were 18 participants attending the meeting, including SPC Geoscience Division (formerly SOPAC) and CCOP TS.

Dr Shinji Takarada, GSi Project Leader, updated the participants on the progress of the project. 

The immediate action items for each member country are:

  • To submit preliminary 5-year data upload plan to CCOP TS and the GSi mailing list by the end of January 2016.
  • To nominate Data Coordinators by the 66th CCOP Steering Committee meeting on 9 March 2016.

CCOP 51st Annual Session and 65th Steering Committee Meeting

The 51st Annual Session of the Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP) was held at Shaanxi Guesthouse in Xi’an, People’s Republic of China on 24-27 November 2015.  It was organized by China Geological Survey (CGS), Ministry of Land and Resources of the People’s Republic of China, and co-organized by Xi’an Center of Geological Survey, CGS Qingdao Institute of Marine Geology, CGS Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey, CGS Shaanxi Yanchang Petroleum (Group) Co., Ltd., Qinling Zhongnanshan Global Geopark Park Tourism Development Co., Ltd. and Henan Shanshui Geological Tourism Resources Development Co., Ltd, with the CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOP TS).

The Session was attended by 109 delegates coming from the Member Countries (CAMBODIA, CHINA, INDONESIA, JAPAN, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, LAO PDR, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR, TIMOR-LESTE, THAILAND and VIETNAM), Cooperating Countries (DENMARK, FINLAND, and UNITED KINGDOM ), Cooperating Organizations (EuroGeoSurveys and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), Observer (Secretariat of the Pacific Community Geoscience Division, formerly SOPAC) as well as Honorary Advisers of CCOP and staff of the CCOP Technical Secretariat.


CCOP-CGS Third Workshop/Training on Integrated Geophysical and Geochemical Data Processing (IGDP)

The Third Workshop/Training of the CCOP-CGS Project on Integrated Geophysical and Geochemical Data Processing (IGDP) was held on 12-14 November 2015 in Beijing, China hosted and funded by China Geological Survey (CGS) through its Development and Research Center (DRC), in cooperation with CCOP

There were 27 participants in the workshop/training from CCOP Member Countries, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, and Malaysia including the staff of CCOP Technical Secretariat.


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.











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Workshop on Thailand-China Coastal management and Geological Survey Techniques
May. 8 - 20, 2017 Chantaburi, Thailand
Workshop/Training on IGDP(II) and Compilation Technology for The CCOP Member Countries
May. 22 - 24, 2017 Beijing, China
KIGAM/ISGeo Training Course on Exploration and Development of Mineral Resources
May. 22 - Jun. 15, 2017 Daejeon, Republic of Korea
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KIGAM/ISGeo Training Course on Groundwater Theory and Practices
Jun. 19 - 30, 2017 Daejeon, Republic of Korea
53rd CCOP Annual Session and 69th Steering Committee Meeting
Oct. 15 - 21, 2017 Cebu City, Philippines
54th CCOP Annual Session and 71st Steering Committee Meeting
Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2018 Busan, Republic of Korea




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