Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP)

66th CCOP Steering Committee Meeting, 8 March 2016 (Photo Source: CCOP Website)

The Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP) is an intergovernmental organization that aims to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of applied geocience programmes in East and Southeast Asia. It was previously called "The Committee for Co-ordination of Joint Prospecting for Mineral Resources in Asian Offshore Areas" whwn it was first formed in 1966. It promotes capacity building, technology transfer, exchange of information and insitutional linkages for sustainable resource development, management of geo-information, geo-hazard mitigation and protection of the government.

The Philippines is a founding member of CCOP, which was adopted as an intergovernmental organization by an MOU in 1987. Aside from the original signatories - Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam - it now has fourteen members with the addition of Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Timor-Leste. 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 the United States of America.
Focal Office:
Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)
March 25, 1987
Focal Persons:
High Level
       Department of Environment and Natural Resources
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 920 4352 / 926 2688 / 929 6626 local 2258

Permanent Representative
       DENR - Mines and Geoscience Bureau
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 928 8642 / 920 9120

Alternate Representative
       OIC - Chief, Planning, Policy and International Affairs Division
       DENR - Mines and Geosciences Bureau
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 667 6700 local 105
In its Strategic Plan, the CCOP is focused on:
1. Enhancing coordination of geoscience programs in national geoscientific institutions CCOP Member Countries;
2. Continuing human resource development and institutional capacity building in accordance with national priorities for greater regional self-sufficiency in providing the geoscience inputs to sustainable economic development and sound environment management;
3. Increased sharing of technical information between Member Countries, Cooperating Countries, and Cooperating Organizations to learn from each other's experiences and to identify further opportunities for cooperation in capacity building.

The MGB is seeking approval from the Philippine government to hoist CCOP's 2017 Annual Session and 69th Steering Committee Meeting.
Sources / Relevant Links:
CCOP Website


The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) is spearheading the production of a CCOP coffee table book on the "Best Practices in Mine Rehabilitation and Decommissioning" which is targeted for production by October 2016. The look will showcase successful mine rehabilitation stories from the CCOP member countries and aims to promote responsible mining.
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