"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."


         The CCOP was founded under the auspices of the United Nations (previously ECAFE and now ESCAP) in 1966 with the name ‘The Committee for Co-ordination of Joint Prospecting for Mineral Resources in Asian Offshore Areas’. Initially its remit was to “promote and co-ordinate the planning and implementation of joint prospecting programmes and research in Asian offshore and geologically related areas of countries who are members of CCOP”. The founding members were China, Japan, Republic of Korea and The Philippines. Funding for its activities came mainly from the United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP).

          In the ensuing years, membership of the organisation expanded rapidly following the addition of Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. At the same time its function gradually broadened to encompass activities related to prospecting onshore as well as offshore, geoscientific aspects of the development of the coastal zones of its participating states and the dissemination of geoscience information helpful for geohazard mitigation and the protection of life and property. This change of emphasis is also reflected in the change of the organization’s name, viz; as Committee for Coordination of Joint Prospecting for Mineral Resources in the Asian Offshore Areas since its establisment, in 1994 to Coordinating Committee for Coastal and Offshore Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia, and in 2002 as Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia

          In 1987, CCOP became an independent intergovernmental organisation, though it continued to receive considerable institutional support and project funding from the UNDP until 1991. As an intergovernmental organisation, CCOP is strongly oriented towards regional co-operation in its programmes. It is supported financially mainly by its Member Countries, but also benefits from the financial and technical support of its Co-operating Countries as well as the Co-operating Organisations. Currently CCOP has fourteen member countries that include China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR,Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Korea, The Philippines, Timor Leste, Singapore, Thailand 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.

April 2018
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KIGAM Regular Training Course on Exploration, Development and Processing of Mineral Resources
Apr. 9 - 27, 2018 IS-Geo of KIGAM, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
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CCOP - KIGAM Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources Project Phase II: National Coordinators Meeting & Workshop (UC10)
Apr. 24 - 26, 2018 Bangkok, Thailand
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BGR-CCOP Workshop on Mine Closure Legal Framework in ASEAN Member States
May. 8 - 10, 2018 Vientiane, Lao PDR
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Editorial Meeting for the CCOP Book Project - Best Practices on Mine Rehabilitation and Decommissioning Plan in CCOP Region
May 8, 2018 Vientiane, Lao PDR
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KIGAM Training Course on Urban Geohazards and Landslides
Jun. 25 - Jul. 13, 2018 IS-Geo, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
GSJ International Training Course on Practical Geological Survey Techniques 2018 - application to geological disaster mitigation
Jun. 26 - Jul. 13, 2018 Tsukuba, Japan
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The 2nd Workshop of CCOP/ASEAN Integrated Geoscience Data Processing and Geophysical Compilation
Jul. 16 - 19, 2018
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KIGAM Training Course on Groundwater
Aug. 27 - Sep. 14, 2018 IS-Geo, Daejeon, Republic of Korea
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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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