"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."



About Funding Delegates from Developing Countries to Participate in the 5th APGN Symposium

The 5th Asia Pacific Geoparks Network Symposium will be held from September 19 - 22, 2017 in the Zhijindong Cave UNESCO Global Geopark, China. In order to promote the development of UNESCO Global Geoparks in developing countries, the organizing committee has decided to support 10 delegates from developing countries (preferably 6 from Africa, the rest from other regions) to participate in the Symposium.


CCOP - KIGAM Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources Project: National Coordinators Meeting & Workshop (UCM7)

The 7th National Coordinators Meeting or UCM7 was conducted at Holiday Inn Silom Hotel, Bangkok on 28-30 March 2017 with 26 participants. In attendance were the national coordinators / technical staff from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Korea, Lao-PDR, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Thailand, and the CCOPTS.

The objectives of UCM7 are to apply the Guideline Methodology for the assessment of oil and gas shale resources - looking into the assessment parameters, data to use, and work flow. Workshops on shale basin mapping using QGis software and resource assessment exercises were included in the agenda. The Workshop on QGis software was conducted to complete / update the shale maps of some of the participating countries. The KIGAM team of Dr. Byeong Kook Son and Dr. Tae Hoon Lee guided the QGis workshop.


GSJ-CCOP-GA Groundwater Project Phase III Meeting, 21-23 March 2017, Bali, Indonesia

The CCOP-GSJ-GA Groundwater Project Phase III Meeting was held on 21-23 March 2017, in Bali, Indonesia.  It was attended by 31 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.

The Opening Ceremony started with the Welcome Remarks and Addresses delivered by Dr. Adichat Surinkum, Director of the CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOPTS), and Dr. Youhei Uchida, Groundwater Project Leader, Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ, AIST). The Opening Speech was made by Dr. Ego Shyarial, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to CCOP & Head of the Geological Agency of Indonesia (GA). 


The 68th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting, 7-9 March 2017, Myanmar

The 68th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting was held at the Grand Amara Hotel, Naypyitaw, Myanmar on 7-9 March 2017.  The Meeting was attended by delegates of the following Member Countries (MC):  CAMBODIA, CHINA, INDONESIA, JAPAN, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, LAO PDR, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR, THAILAND, PHILIPPINES and VIETNAM.  Also present was Ms. Franca Schwarz, Chairperson of the CCOP Advisory Group, and the Director and staff of the CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOP TS). The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) attended as Observer.  

H.E. U Ohn Winn, Union Minister, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation and Dr. Ye Myint Swe, Permanent Representative of Myanmar to CCOP, Director General, Department of Geological Survey and Mineral Exploration, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation gave the welcome remarks. Dr. Joong-Ho Synn, Chairman of CCOP Steering Committee, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to CCOP and  President of Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) officially opened the 68th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting.


KIGAM/ISGeo Regular Training Course on Petroleum Exploration, Development and Production, 6-31 March 2017, Daejeon, Republic of Korea

KIGAM/ISGeo training course on “Petroleum Exploration, Development and Production” was conducted from 6thMarch to 31stMarch, 2017 in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, in collaboration with CCOP for its member countries. A total of 22 trainees, 16 from CCOP Member Countries (China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) attended the course, together with other international participants.

The training course provided participants with an introduction to key aspects of energy resources related to the petroleum industry. The contents of the course comprised a general overview on petroleum economics, petroleum geology, reservoir & sequence stratigraphy, reservoir geophysics & petrophysics, petroleum engineering & unconventional resources. Many instructors were involved in the course. Various other activities were also included in the training course. This includes KIGAM Lab tour, country report briefing and Korean Language & cultural class. Participants visited several KIGAM labs including Gas Hydrate Dept., Underground Space Dept., Pilot Plant for mineral processing, Geological Museum, and energy related governmental institute.


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).








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KIGAM/ISGeo Training Course on Exploration and Development of Mineral Resources
May. 22 - Jun. 15, 2017 Daejeon, Republic of Korea
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KIGAM/ISGeo Training Course on Groundwater Theory and Practices
Jun. 19 - 30, 2017 Daejeon, Republic of Korea
53rd CCOP Annual Session and 69th Steering Committee Meeting
Oct. 15 - 21, 2017 Cebu City, Philippines
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54th CCOP Annual Session and 71st Steering Committee Meeting
Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2018 Busan, Republic of Korea




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