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The First BGR-CCOP International Training Course on Risk-Sensitive Spatial Planning

The ‘First BGR-CCOP International Training Course on Risk-Sensitive Spatial Planning in CCOP Member Countries’ took place from 20 February to  2 March 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand and was organized by the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR, Germany) in cooperation with CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOPTS).

This training course activity consists of three training courses that are funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and are conducted by the 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), strengthen disaster risk governance to manage Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and to promote the dialogue and cooperation among the relevant authorities and thereby support risk-sensitive spatial planning. During the course, the participants are familiarized with the concepts and dimensions of disaster risk and are trained in the elaboration of pre-disaster risk assessments in order to build the knowledge on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

VIGMR-GSJ-CCOP Workshop: Practical Analysis of GSHP Logging Data

On 20 February 2017, the Vietnam Institute of Geosciences and Mineral Resources, in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ) and CCOP, organized an international workshop on "Practical analysis of data logging GSHP" (name known in UK: Practical analysis of data logging GSHP) at the headquarters of the Institute.

International and Vietnamese participants who attended the workshop gave presentations and introduction on: Meaning of the installation GSHP System; Potential of geothermal resources, possibilities and demands for GSHP in Vietnam; Ability to save power by using this system in the cooling or warm air conditioners as well as its significance for minimizing environmental impacts; Preliminary evaluation of geothermal potential in Vietnam, current state of research, development and application of geothermal energy in Vietnam and the development of renewable energy and related policies in Vietnam.

CCOP- DMR Technical Workshop on Transboundary Georesources Management

The Dam Behavior of Srinakarindh Dam is always a hot topic whenever earthquakes happen in Thailand. It is because the dam is located on the Three Pagoda fault zone running pass southern part of Myanmar and Western part of Thailand. Many workshops on the earthquake topic and dam side safety were organized here especially after the Andaman Earthquake in December 2004.  Srinakarindh Dam is also a very good place to organize other workshop on Geoscience topics because there are many interesting sites for groundwater, fossil, and mining management.  The longest gas pipe line from Yadana Gas field of Myanmar is also located not far from the dam toward the west.

Field Survey at the Chantaburi River Estuary - Tropical Sandy Beach Processes and Morphodynamics

During 17-21 December 2016, the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) invited Dr Adichat Surinkum, CCOPTS Director to join the field survey in Chantaburi Province, Eastern Thailand. The field surveys, both on land and offshore, are part of the cooperation program between Thailand and PR China. Started to cooperate in 2014, the project on the “Integrated Observation and Vulnerability Assessment of Tropical Marine Environment” between State Administration of Oceanography (SOA)  of PR China and DMR of Thailand is focusing on capacity building and creating the shoreline land-use map of Eastern Thailand.  In December 2016, Mr. Yu Dongsheng, Deputy Director of MCG Laboratory, Third Institute of Oceanography (TIO) and  Mr. Chen Hui, Chief Engineer of Island Research Center (IRC), State Administration of Oceanography (SOA) led the team to Chantaburi and made the surveys with geoscientists of DMR.

QUALITY·EFFICIENCY·TECHNOLOGY - ECF2016 Oil & Gas Tech Innovation Award

Among all the difficulties and challenges that the oil and gas industry is facing right now, the most important problem yet to solve is the low oil price situation. In order to sustain commercial operation for both conventional and unconventional resources, the most powerful weapon is the innovation and breakthrough of technology.

On October 17-19, 2016 in Shanghai China, Shanghai United Institute for Unconventional Resources, Shanghai Energy Economy Committee of SEA, and the Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia jointly held “ECF2016 Oil & Gas Tech Innovation Award” during Energy China Forum (ECF) 2016 6th Asia-Pacific Shale Gas Summit. The Award included 5 nominations for Environment & Energy Conservation, Stimulation & EOR Technology, Cost Reduction & Efficiency Technology, Exploration & Production Technology and Intelligent & Information Technology. After a careful selection and evaluation by the ECF Expert Group, three projects in total were awarded.

Asian Geothermal

During November 17-20 2016, National Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) of Japan, Department of Groundwater Resources (DGR) of Thailand and Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) of Republic of Korea co-organized two(2) important meetings in Chiang Mai Thailand on Geothermal. The first, a workshop on “Opportunities and Benefits of Geothermal Use” was held on 17th November where best practices of direct use were presented by experts from around the world.

Workshop on Marine Geoscience and Geohazards Reduction and Prevention for ASEAN Member States

The Workshop on Marine Geoscience and Geohazards Reduction and Prevention for ASEAN Member States was held at Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China, 26-30 September 2016. The workshop was sponsored by the China Geological Survey (CGS), Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR), P.R. China, and organized by Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey and Qingdao Institute of Marine Geology, both entities of the CGS. A total of 88 participants; 35 from CCOP member countries, 2 from CCOPTS and 51 China participants attended the workshop. The CCOP ASEAN member countries that were represented include Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Resources and Environment Effects of Global Karst Dynamic System

On August 26 2016, Chinese delegation composed of Institute of Karst Geology (IKG) and Institute of Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology (IHEG) has a discussion with CCOP on the cooperation in the field of Karst Geology in Bangkok Thailand. There, CCOP agreed to support IKG/IHEG to conduct international cooperation with CCOP member countries in the field of hydrogeology and environmental geology.

Later, during 14-16 November 2016, China Geological Survey and other geoscience organizations launched the scientific plan on “Resources and Environment Effects of Global Karst Dynamic System” in Guilin, China. This ceremony was attended by participants from UNESCO, IUGS, CCOPTS Director, representative from ASEAN member states and hydrogeologist from around the world.

KIGAM/ISGeo Regular Training Course on Landslide and Slope Stability 2016

Under the series of regular training courses provided by KIGAM/ISGeo in collaboration with CCOP for member countries, the KIGAM/ISGeo training course on Landslide and Slope Stability was conducted from October 31 to November 18,2016 in the International School for Geoscience Resources of KIGAM, Daejeon, Korea, with total 25 participants including 13 participants from CCOP Member Countries.

Aiming to foster professionals from all over the world in the field of landslide hazard related researches well as to enhance the capabilities of the cooperating countries/organizations with Korea/KIGAM, this 3-weeks training course provided participants with an introduction to key aspects of landslide and slope stability. The contents of this course comprised a general overview on mechanics of landslide, monitoring and early warning of landslide and analysis of rock slope stability. Also the course was held in conjunction with The Korean Society of Engineering Geology (KSEG) 2016 Fall Conference, special session on landslide prediction and early warning. Total 7 instructors were involved in the course.

Workshop on Geoscience Supporting Risk Management, Water and Food Security, 30 Oct 2016

The CCOP-VIETADAPT-SEADPRI Workshop on "Geoscience supporting risk management, water and food security" was held on 30th of October 2016, at the Berkeley Hotel Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand, in conjunction with the 50th CCOP Annual Session. The half-day afternoon workshop aims to presents the results of some ongoing projects that have assessed such risksas the anthropogenic impact on natural resources (i.e. water) and agriculture (i.e. soils) from that of climate change. The applied modelling and assessments and methodologies are explained in the presentations – with the aim to trigger constructive discussions. The goal of the workshop is to identify possibilities for geosciences to support South and South-East Asian societies in safeguarding water and food resources.

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(POSTPONED) GSJ International Training Course on Practical Geological Survey Techniques
Jun. 9 - 26, 2020 GSJ, Tsukuba, Japan
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56th CCOP Annual Session & 75th Steering Committee Meeting
Nov. 1 - 7, 2020 Lombok Island, Indonesia
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