"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."



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.


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.


CCOP-VIETADAPT Workshop on Geoscience Supporting Risk Management, Water and Food Security

In conjunction with the 66th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the workshop on "Geoscience supporting risk management, water and food security" was organized by CCOP Technical Secretariat in cooperation with the Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), VIETADAPT Project and the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Cambodia (MME) in conjunction with the 66th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It gathered together 27 experts from Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, China and Finland.  The main aim of the workshop was to identify possibilities of geosciences to support East and Southeast Asian societies in safeguarding water and food resources.


The 66th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting, 9-11 March 2016, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The 66th CCOP Steering Committee (SC) Meeting was held at the Sokha Angkor Resort, Siem Reap, Cambodia on 9-11 March 2016. The Meeting was attended by delegates of the following Member Countries (MC):  CAMBODIA, CHINA, INDONESIA, JAPAN, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, LAO PDR, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR, PHILIPPINES, THAILAND, TIMOR-LESTE and VIETNAM.  Also present was Dato’ Yunus Abdul Razak, member of the Advisory Group (AG) and the Director and staff of the CCOP Technical Secretariat (CCOP TS).

Welcoming remarks were made by H.E. LY Samreth, Deputy Governor of Siem Reap Province and H.E. Cheap Sour, Permanent Representative of Cambodia to CCOP and Director-General, General Department of Petroleum, Ministry of Mines and Energy.  Dr Eikichi Tsukuda, CCOP SC Chairman for year 2014 to 2015, officially handed over the chairmanship to Dr. Kyu Han Kim, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to CCOP and President of Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM).  Dr Kyu Han Kim delivered his acceptance speech as SC Chairman from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2017.  H.E. SOK Khavan, Secretary of State, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Cambodia officially opened the 66th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting. 


CCOP–KIGAM Unconventional Oil and Gas Project: National Coordinators Meeting & Workshop (UCM4), Siem Reap, Cambodia

The 4th Meeting or UCM4 was conducted in Siem Reap on 7-8 March 2016 with 20 participants. It was one of the associated meetings of the 66th CCOP Steering Committee that was hosted by Cambodia on 9-10 March 2016, also in Siem Reap. Present at the Meeting were the national coordinators and/or their representatives from Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Lao-PDR, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia, the host country. The participating countries presented their Country Report that provides update on the assessment of their shale oil and gas resources, the challenges encountered in using the EIA/ARI assessment methodology, the technical know-how needed and recommended topics of future capacity building sessions. KIGAM also presented the results of the laboratory analysis of all shale samples that was submitted by the member countries during UCM3- Chiang Mai. KIGAM also reported that based on their analysis many of the samples are unclear or may not be a representative source rock of shale basins in terms of sample locations. They recommended that source rock samples should be taken carefully from outcrops and/or drill holes, considering the basin feature and geology. KIGAM also encourages the member countries to submit additional shale samples for analysis.








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KIGAM Regular Training Course on Groundwater and Environmental Geochemistry
Jun. 20 - Jul. 8, 2016 IS-Geo of KIGAM, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
5th International Conference on Earth Science and Climate Change
Jul. 25 - 27, 2016 Bangkok, Thailand
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CCOP-KIGAM Unconventional Oil and Gas Project: National Coordinators Meeting & Workshop (UCM6)
Aug. 16 - 18, 2016 Vietnam
52nd CCOP Annual Session and 67th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting
Oct. 30 - Nov. 5, 2016 Bangkok, Thailand
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