"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-UNESCO-MME Workshop on Climate Change and Groundwater Resources in the Mekong River Basin

In collaboration with KIGAM, UNESCO in Bangkok and General Department of Mineral Resources (GDMR) of Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) of Cambodia, the CCOP Technical Secretariat has successfully co-organized the Workshop on Climate Change and Groundwater Resources in the Mekong River Basin on 1-2 June 2016 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The objective of the workshop is to promote sharing information and best practices among Mekong countries for assessing availability of groundwater resources under climate change and to support member countries to prepare for sustainable groundwater management plan. There was attendance by 28 participants from 6 Mekong countries & resource persons from Korea (KIGAM, C&H, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology - GIST, EcoEnergySolution), UNESCO, USGS and CCOPTS.


The 3rd CCOP-Cheongsong-KIGAM-UNESCO Symposium on Developing Geoparks within East & Southeast Asia Region

As a collaboration between the International School for Geoscience Resources (IS-Geo) of Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM), UNESCO, Cheongsong Governors and the CCOP Technical Secretariat, the 3rd CCOP-KIGAM-IsGeo Symposium on Developing Geoparks within East & Southeast Asia region in conjunction with IS-Geo Regular Training Course on Aspiring Geoparks - Development and Preparation have been successfully co-organized during 19-28 May 2016 in Cheongsong, Republic of Korea. There were 70 participants who attended the training course, including 18 participants from 10 CCOP Member Countries, together with international resource persons and local participants in Cheongsong. The training course and symposium were also attended by knowledgeable lecturers and resource persons from UNESCO France, UNESCO Bangkok, Brazil and National Geoparks Secretariat of Korea, provincial governors and geopark guides from Cheongsong.


KIGAM/ISGeo regular training course on Aspiring Geoparks - Development and Preparation

The KIGAM/ISGeo training course on “Aspiring Geoparks - Development and Preparation” was conducted from May 19 to 24, 2016 in Daejeon and followed by the 3rd CCOP-KIGAM-IsGeo Symposium on Developing Geoparks within East & Southeast Asia region on 25-28 May 2016 in Cheongsong, Republic of Korea. There were 17 trainees, including CCOP Member Countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam) and one staff of CCOPTS, together with other international and Korean students. This course is basically designed for Geopark, Geo-heritage, or National Park-related personnel who want or need to develop Geoparks especially in non-Geopark Southeast Asian countries.


CCS-M Training Course on Sequence Stratigraphy

The CCS-M training course on sequence stratigraphy was conducted by the CCOP Technical Secretariat specifically for the young geoscientists of Cambodia, Lao-PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam on 25-29 April 2016 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The course looked into the concepts and practical applications of sequence stratigraphy for petroleum exploration and mapping of potential reservoir for CO2 geologic storage.  The course involves both lectures, mini projects, and workshop formats with exercises to emphasise the recognition and correlation of sequences stratigraphic surfaces on well log cross-sections, seismic transects and outcrop profiles.  A team of experts from PETRONAS, Malaysia conducted the training course at the Sunway Hotel, Phnom Penh.  A one-day geological field work was also included in the agenda.


CCOP- GSJ/AIST-NAWAPI Groundwater Project Phase III Meeting, Hanoi, Vietnam

The CCOP-GSJ/AIST-NAWAPI Groundwater Project Phase III Meeting was held on 16-18 March 2016, in Hanoi, Vietnam. It was attended by 19 (nineteen) 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.  Dr. Youhei Uchida presented the progress of the Project from 10 February 2015 to 11 March 2016. During the period, the report of the CCOP-GSJ/AIST-DGR Groundwater Phase III Project Kick-Off Meeting held on 10-12 February 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand has been published, circulated to all the participants of the meeting, and uploaded to the CCOP website, http://www.ccop.or.th/download/GW5.pdf. The CCOP Geoinformation Sharing Infrastructure for East and Southeast Asia (GSi Project) portal is under development and is accessible by the project members from http://ccop-gsi.org. The compiled groundwater data of Japan, Thailand and Vietnam from the Project Phase II temporarily available from http://jcbwebgis.com/ccop_water/, will soon be made accessible from GSi Portal.


CCOP-VIETADAPT Workshop on Geoscience Supporting Risk Management, Water and Food Security

In conjunction with the 66th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the workshop on "Geoscience supporting risk management, water and food security" was organized by CCOP Technical Secretariat in cooperation with the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), VIETADAPT Project and the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Cambodia (MME) in conjunction with the 66th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It gathered together 27 experts from Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, China and Finland.  The main aim of the workshop was to identify possibilities of geosciences to support East and Southeast Asian societies in safeguarding water and food resources.


The 66th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting, 9-11 March 2016, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The 66th CCOP Steering Committee (SC) Meeting was held at the Sokha Angkor Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia on 9-11 March 2016. The Meeting was attended by delegates of the following Member Countries (MC):  CAMBODIA, CHINA, INDONESIA, JAPAN, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, LAO PDR, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR, PHILIPPINES, THAILAND, TIMOR-LESTE and VIETNAM.  Also present was Dato’ Yunus Abdul Razak, member of the Advisory Group (AG) and the Director and staff of the CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOP TS).

Welcoming remarks were made by H.E. LY Samreth, Deputy Governor of Siem Reap Province and H.E. Cheap Sour, Permanent Representative of Cambodia to CCOP and Director-General, General Department of Petroleum, Ministry of Mines and Energy.  Dr Eikichi Tsukuda, CCOP SC Chairman for year 2014 to 2015, officially handed over the chairmanship to Dr. Kyu Han Kim, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to CCOP and President of Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM).  Dr Kyu Han Kim delivered his acceptance speech as SC Chairman from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017.  H.E. SOK Khavan, Secretary of State, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Cambodia officially opened the 66th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting. 


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.











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Technical Seminar on Jurassic – Cretaceous Boundary of Southeast Asia
September 1, 2017 Sukosol Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
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Second BGR-CCOP International Training Course on Risk-Sensitive Spatial Planning for CCOP Member Countries
Sep. 18 - 28, 2017 Quezon City, Philippines
Malaysia Window to Cambridge at UKM (MW2C@UKM) - Training Workshop on Geohazards and Disaster Risk Reduction: Communicating with Stakeholders
Oct. 10 - 12, 2017 Malaysia
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ECF2017: 7th Asia-Pacific Shale Gas Summit
Oct. 11 - 13, 2017 Jianguo Hotel Shanghai, China
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53rd CCOP Annual Session and 69th Steering Committee Meeting
Oct. 15 - 21, 2017 Cebu City, Philippines
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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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