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Geoinformation Sharing Infrastructure for East and Southeast Asia (GSi) International Workshop

Co-funded by the Geological Survey of Japan, AIST and the Geological Agency of Indonesia, the First International Workshop of the CCOP Geoinformation Sharing Infrastructure for East and Southeast Asia (GSi) Project was held on 20-22 September 2016 at Hotel Kusuma Sahid Prince, Solo, Indonesia. Forty-seven (47) participants from the member countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, and Thailand) including the staff of the CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOP TS) attended the workshop.

Dr Adichat Surinkum, Director of the CCOP Technical Secretariat welcomed all the participants to the workshop and Dr Ego Syahrial, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to CCOP and Head of Geological Agency gave the opening address. Dr Shinji Takarada of the Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ), AIST introduced the progress of GSi Project to all the participants and Dr Joel Bandibas of GSJ, AIST presented the status of the GSi system development.

CCOP-KIGAM Unconventional Oil and Gas Project: National Coordinators Meeting & Workshop (UCM6)

The UC Project have already conducted six (6) Meetings with technical sessions /workshops integrated in the Meeting’s agenda.  The 6th National Coordinators Meeting or UCM6, was conducted at the Petro Hotel, Danang City, Vietnam on 16-18 Aug 2016 with 32 participants.

Present at UCM6 were participants from Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Korea, Lao-PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam, the host country. The objectives is to have an enhanced understanding on the Guideline Methodology for the assessment of oil and gas shale resources- the assessment parameters, data to use, work flow and best practices. The UC Project will use the EIA/ARI Methodology for World Shale Gas and Shale Oil Resource Assessment (June 2013) as the Guideline Methodology for CCOPUCM6 focused on the completion of shale basin maps of the region and a workshop on mineral quantification analysis.

The 5th International Conference on Earth Science and Climate Change

The 5th International Conference on Earth Science and Climate Change was held at Hotel AVANI Atrium, Bangkok, Thailand during July 25-27, 2016, in collaboration with CCOP. The conference is based on the theme “Stimulating and Analysing the changes of Earth & Climate”, comprised of scientific sessions containing topics on Earth and Geosciences, Marine Sciences, Atmospheric and Space Sciences, Meteorology and Geophysics, Remote Sensing and GIS, Global Warming, Climate Change, its causes, effects and associated hazards among other critically important scientific issues.

Regular Training Course on Groundwater and Environmental Geochemistry, 2016

Within a series of regular training courses provided by KIGAM/ISGeo in collaboration with CCOP for member countries, the KIGAM/ISGeo training course on Groundwater and Environmental Geochemistry was conducted from June 20 to July 8, 2016 in the International School for Geoscience Resources of KIGAM, Daejeon, Korea, with total 25 participants including 14 participants from CCOP Member Countries.  Aiming to foster professionals from all over the world in the fields of groundwater and geochemistry related research as well as to enhance the capabilities of the cooperating countries/organizations with Korea/KIGAM, this 3-weeks training course was planned to provide participants with an introduction to key aspects of groundwater resources and environmental geochemistry. The contents of this course comprise a general overview on evaluation and exploitation of groundwater resources that covered introduction to groundwater resources and practical geochemistry and groundwater contamination and remediation. Also there was a course about numerical groundwater modeling/calibration/uncertainty analysis including case studies and from this year, environmental geochemistry course was inserted as module 3. Total 16 instructors were involved in the course.

CCS-M S6: Workshop on CO2 geological storage and CO2 for EOR

CCS-M S6 was organized on June 07, 2016 - June 09, 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam, with 30 participants.

The recent COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference resulted in the first agreement requiring all nations to pledge action on climate change with the aim of restricting the global warming to "well below 2° C above pre-industrial levels".  Carbon capture, use and storage (CCS) technologies will have to play an important role to achieve the COP21 targets. In order to fully understand the emission reduction potential, decision makers need to understand the amount of CO2 that can be safely stored in the geological formations and the geographical distributions of storage resources that are available.  The S6 aimed at enhancing the knowledge of the member countries on methodologies in assessing geological storage of CO2, its storage potential and CO2-EOR technologies. 

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.

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