"To facilitate and coordinate the implementation of applied geoscience programmes in East and Southeast Asia in order to contribute to economic development and an improved quality of life within the region."

Strategic Plan 2016-2020


A premier intergovernmental Earth science organization in East and Southeast Asia.


To contribute significantly to the economic development and sustainable management of the environment and improvement of the quality of life of its Member Countries by the application of Earth science knowledge through:

  • Outreach - to enhance influence with decision makers, investors and the public through the provision of relevant Earth science information and to develop appropriate skills for communicating effectively with CCOP stakeholders.
  • Cooperation and Partnership - to enhance the internal and external partnerships to improve the quality, reach application and impact of our Earth science information and knowledge.
  • Knowledge Enhancement and Sharing - to manage, promote, share and exploit the region’s Earth science information and skills.
  • Data and Information - to advance sharing of data and information and integrate Earth science data across national boundaries.


National Geoscience Organizations or Geological Surveys in the CCOP Member Countries play the fundamental role of providing geoscientific information and knowledge that enables their respective governments and communities to make informed decisions about the sustainable development of geo-resources and management of the environment, the safety of critical infrastructure and the resultant well-being of all its citizens.

CCOP, as intergovernmental geoscience organization, should therefore play its role in support of the national geoscience organizations, promote cooperation and collaboration between them and facilitate the sharing and exchange of information and knowledge amongst the stakeholders and communities. To play this role effectively and guided by the direction of the Member Countries the strategic goals were identified.

1. Outreach

a) Delivering science to the public: CCOP must increase its stakeholders and client networks and must continue to improve the way CCOP communicate Earth science, so that CCOP will be able to provide more useful information and knowledge to our stakeholders – national and local government, local authorities, utilities and regulatory authorities, education institutes responsible/involved in Earth science, planners/decision-makers and investors and the general public.

b) Practicing knowledge management: CCOP will develop the practice of knowledge management, wherein, the Member Countries who have successfully implemented an outreach program of their own can focus on documenting best practices and disseminate these to other members and the public for societal benefits

c) Exploiting the Web: In this Internet and big-data era, user expectations of the accessibility and quality of public-sector data, information and knowledge are changing rapidly. This, along with mixed public perceptions of science, will place increasing demands on CCOP communication skills and resources. Indeed harnessing the enormous potential of the internet and the geoinformatics to best effect is a major challenge in itself, especially in embracing the participative opportunities while at the same time remaining an authoritative source of data and knowledge.

To achieve these strategic goals CCOP will need to:

  • increase our stakeholder and client networks
  • increase the distribution of new and existing products and services
  • seek new and improved ways of promoting our work and to make CCOP more visible in this region and in the world

2. Cooperation and Partnership

a) Enhancing networking: CCOP will continue to improve the way CCOP interact with each geosciences organization in the Member Countries and expand networking with the academic, government and commercial sectors, at all levels internally and externally. CCOP will make sure that the vibrant partnership we build is just, integrated and multidisciplinary.

b) Effective collaboration: The challenges each geoscience organization is facing today are similar. Many of these challenges require transnational solutions. CCOP being a regional organization can continue to position itself as a solution provider to the region and even to the wider world. To optimize interoperability and minimize duplication and wasted effort among its members, CCOP need to ensure that the collaborative work that we undertake must be effective and sustainable. CCOP must also be prepared to take a lead in coordinating wider international collaboration, whether pursuing data harmonization, or anticipating environmental and geological issues. Thus, CCOP must be receptive to the needs of its Member Countries and, wherever possible, share know-how.

To achieve these strategic goals CCOP will need to:

  • be the center of excellence in coordinating collaborative geosciences programs
  • be a partner of choice for regional and international organizations
  • actively foster a knowledge-exchange culture among the members and in the wider world for disseminating geoscientific knowledge and understanding
  • encourage the Member Countries to initiate and support programs on new and common interests

3. Knowledge Enhancement and Sharing (KES)

a) Areas of focus: CCOP’s programmes will be aligned with the Member Countries’ needs and desires, complementing the knowledge and expertise at hand. The programme structure of CCOP will comprise the following: geo-hazards prediction and mitigation, environmental geology, water resources integrated management, energy and mineral resources sustainable development and geo-information.

b) Enhancing capabilities: CCOP will continue to conduct its capacity building activities - learning from activities in the past and best practices from similar activities in the Member Countries as well as the Cooperating Countries and beyond.

To achieve these strategic goals CCOP will need to:

  • be an organization that focuses on enhancing and building capacities of our Member Countries
  • be an innovative organization that seeks out and uses new working practices, tools and technologies
  • improve facilities for web-based information and knowledge management

4. Data and Information

a) Facilitate data sharing: The sharing of Earth science data and information can enhance the productivity of the economy of and generate other significant benefits for all our Member Countries.

b) Efficient exchange of data: An efficient, fast and seamless Earth science data exchange is vital for today’s society. At the same time such exchange should not create risks of violating confidentiality and privacy that may be associated with the data. CCOP recognizes that to deliver a technology that would effectively fit both of these strategic needs is an important technological, economic and social challenge.

To achieve these strategic goals CCOP will need to:

  • improve the sharing and delivery of data and information across boundaries
  • improve data quality (i.e., integration, consistency and standardization)
  • encourage a culture of knowledge-exchange excellence within the CCOP TS and Member Countries

September 2021
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Online Workshop of CGS-CCOP-ASEAN IGDP project on Geoscience Information
Oct. 19 - 21, 2021 (Zoom Meeting)
57th CCOP Annual Session and the 77th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting
Nov. 23 - 25, 2021 (Zoom Meeting)
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