The Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP) is an intergovernmental organization whose mission is to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of applied geoscience programmes in East and Southeast Asia in order to contribute to economic development and the improvement of the quality of life in the region. To this end, CCOP promotes capacity building, technology transfer, exchange of information and institutional linkages for sustainable resource development, management of geo-information, geo-hazard mitigation and protection of the environment.
CCOP has fifteen member countries: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. It is supported by fourteen cooperating countries namely Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States of America.
The governing or policy-making body of the organization is the Steering Committee comprising the Permanent Representatives of the Member Countries. They meet twice a year to establish policies and principles which will govern the activities of CCOP; to approve the broad framework of its programme; the budget and accounts for each year; to appoint the Director of CCOP, and receive and consider his reports on the functions delegated to him.
The Advisory Group, comprising the Representatives of the Cooperating Countries, and Cooperating/Corresponding Organizations, as well as the Honorary Advisors, meets once a year to consider the technical scientific and research aspects of CCOP's work programme and submit its reports to the Steering Committee. Technical and financial support issues will also be addressed.
The Technical Secretariat of CCOP implements the CCOP work programme, seeks and administers funds and technical expertise, arrange for CCOP publications and reports on CCOP and its programmes to the Steering Committee. The Technical Secretariat is responsible for preparing and submitting to the Steering Committee for review and approval areas identified for programme, training, seminars and workshops, budgets and accounts of CCOP.