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The 2nd Workshop of IGDP Phase II Project, Guangzhou, China

As part of the 3rd Workshop & Training Courses on Capacity Building on Marine Geoscience and Geohazards Reduction & Prevention for ASEAN Member States, the 2nd Workshop of IGDP Project Phase II (IGDP-II2) was held in Guangzhou, China on 17-19 July 2018.   This was funded by China Geological Survey, and hosted by Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey.  There were 26 participants from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and from CCOPTS.

The IGDP-II2 started with the opening remarks by Dr Adichat Surinkum, CCOPTS Director and welcoming address by Dr Zhang Minghua, the IGDP Project Leader.

Country report on geoscience database development, geoscience data processing technology, application & case study of RGIS-IGDP software, and national geophysical compilation were presented.

KIGAM Regular Training Course on Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources 2018
During a series of regular training courses provided by the KIGAM/IS-Geo in collaboration with the CCOP for member countries, the KIGAM/ISGeo training course on Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources was conducted from 22 January – 10 February 2018 in the International School for Geoscience Resources (IS-Geo) of KIGAM, Daejeon, Korea, with 19 participants, 18 of which are from 8 CCOP Member Countries. 
Aiming to foster professionals from all over the world in the field of unconventional energy related research as well as to enhance the capabilities of the cooperating countries/organizations with Korea/KIGAM and to meet the high interest regarding “Unconventional Oil and Gas”, this 3-week training course provided participants an interdisciplinary approach to explore the academic knowledge and practical skills on the application of suitability analysis in the field of unconventional oil and gas. The contents of this course comprised a general overview on Oil Sand, CBM&Shale gas and Gas Hydrate. Seventeen Korean/foreign instructors were involved in the course. Four lecturers from USGS came to KIGAM to take charge of gas hydrate module in this time. 

CCOP-DMR Special Talk on World Bank Funded Mineral Exploration Project in Lao PDR
The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) of Thailand and CCOPTS co-hosted the special talk on 9 February at the DMR Conference Room.  The presentation on “WORLD BANK-FUNDED PILOT GEOLOGICAL MAPPING PROJECT IN NORTHERN LAOS WITH THE AID OF HIGH RESOLUTION AIRBORNE GEOPHYSICS: METHODOLOGY AND INITIAL FINDINGS, was made by Mr. Peter Fiedfield, currently the leader of this project. He had a lot of experiences working with the British Geological Survey and had some field works with DMR on Southeast Asia Granitic Study during 1990s. The special talk was attended by 60 geoscientists from DMR and Department of Primary Industry and Mines (DPIM).

Third International Congress on Geology, Resources and Geohazards of Myanmar (GEOMYANMAR 2018)

Myanmar Geosciences Society organized the Third International Congress on Geology, Resources, Geo-hazards of Myanmar and Surrounding regions, GEOMYANMAR2018, during 31 January to 2 February, 2018 in Yangon, Myanmar.  The first one was organized in 2012. GEOMYANMAR 2018 is intended to expand participation from geoscience communities from Southeast Asia and worldwide to open a new chapter of collaboration among international geological institutions.   More than 400 geoscientists from more than 12 countries attended this conference. CCOPTS Director was invited to give a presentation on “Roles of CCOP on Promoting the Geoscience Cooperation in Southeast Asia. 

CCOP Annual Report 2017 is now out!

The CCOP Annual Report for 2017 is now available both in printed and digital formats. The report summarizes the projects and activities carried out during the year 2017, the financial standing and more. It is of 60 colored pages.

Its digital file with about 2.5MB size can be downloaded from this link,  http://www.ccop.asia/article/ccop-annual-report-2017-is-now-out-


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).

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