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 geoscience 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" when it was first formed in 1966. It promotes capacity building, technology transfer, exchange of information and institutional linkages for sustainable resource development, management of geo-information, geo-hazard mitigation and protection of the environment.

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 Viet Nam—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:
Permanent Representative
       DENR Mines and Geosciences Bureau
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 928 8642 / 920 9120

       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 of 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 environmental management
3. Increased sharing of technical information between Member and Cooperating Countries and Cooperating Organizations to learn from each other's experience and to identify further opportunities for cooperation in capacity building.

The MGB is seeking approval from the Philippine government to host CCOP’s 2017 Annual Session and 69th Steering Committee Meeting.
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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) is spearheading the production of a CCOP coffee table book on the “Best Practices on Mine Rehabilitation and Decommissioning” which is targeted for production by October 2016. The book will showcase successful mine rehabilitation stories from the CCOP member countries and aims to promote responsible mining.
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