This project aims to publish a book on the Geological Heritage (GeoSites and GeoParks) of East and Southeast Asia. This book is intended to be CCOP’s contribution to the UN International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE). The idea was first raised in Bangkok earlier in 2006 (during “World of Difference Project”), and approved by the 48th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting in Daejeon, November 2006. This project is essentially to produce an attractive and informative directory of conservation geosites, including entire geoparks or single protected outcrops in each of the CCOP Member Countries. Matters of social and conservation policy or future plans might be given brief mention but the main focus would be to inform visitors about, and attract them to, places where they can learn more about the geological heritage of the country.
The publication of Geological Heritage of East and Southeast Asia would serve several useful purposes. Besides supporting the IYPE event, the book will serve to boost CCOP Member Countries’ geoheritage conservation efforts, to showcase the body of work conducted by CCOP Member Countries and their geoscientists in this field, to enhance public awareness regarding the economic potential of geological resources through non-destructive exploitation. Most importantly it will be a big contribution to promoting eco-tourism in the region.
The research institute LESTARI of the National University of Malaysia has done a lot of work in this field and it has offered its cooperation in the preparation of the book jointly with CCOP.
It is planned to publish this book in the year 2008.
CCOP Geoheritage Working Group Meeting
A working group of the project, composing of national coordinators from Member Countries was formed, and had its first meeting on 18-19 July 2007 at the National University of Malaysia (UKM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This was co-organized by the CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOPTS), Mines and Geoscience Department Malaysia (JMG) and UKM. The main purposes of the meeting is to introduce geoheritage research and development, to be aware of CCOP Member Countries’ activities and products related to geoheritage, and to discuss the formulation of guidelines and contents of CCOP Geoheritage Book. Twenty-three (23) participants from CCOP Member Countries and CCOPTS attended this meeting.
At the end of the meeting, the participants were more familiar with the ongoing initiatives and products on geoheritage research and development within the CCOP Member Countries. Also, the contents of the CCOP Geoheritage Book were finalized and the timeframe in the preparation and publication of the book was agreed.
Part I - Overview of geoheritage development
- Assessment from UNESCO perspectives
- Way forward
Part II - Development of geoheritage in Member Countries
- Brief description of some selected sites
Part III - Characteristics of regional geoheritage
- Special issues
Last Update: 12 February 2008