Geoscience for sustainable future in east and southeast Aia - the role of CCOP

Category Other
Group GSI.IR
Location International Geological Congress,oslo 2008
Author Chun, Hee-Young
Holding Date 11 October 2008

The Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP) is an intergovernmental organization with the purpose of carrying out joint applied geoscience programmes for sustainable development in East and Southeast Asia.
In this regards, CCOP developed its activities in seven programmes with the strategic plan focused on the enhanced coordination of the geoscience programmes of the national geoscientific institutions of the CCOP member countries; continued human resource development and institutional capacity building; and a greater flow of technical information between the Member Countries (MC), Cooperating Countries (CC) and Cooperating Organizations (CO) of CCOP. These activities have been greatly supporting the region in the implementation of many international development agreements.
The activities in Energy and Minerals Programme had been helping CCOP MCs in capacity building for better use and management of the resources, and hence better economic development which resulted in enhanced capacity in fighting with poverty and hunger; the activities in Ground Water Programme helped MCs in improving drinking water and sanitation situation which are Goals No 1 and 7 of the Millenium Development Goals. The Coastal Zone, Geo-Hazards and Environmental Geology Programmes had been assisting MCs in building the resilience of MCs and communities to geoscience-related natural disasters which is part of Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015. The activities in Geodata & Information Management Programme are useful in the sharing information, building the bridge over the digital divide for equal opportunity for development. Some activities in Energy Programme have been addressing the issues of Clean Development Mechanism, CO2 capture and storage etc. which are helpful to our MCs in dealing with climate change issues.
CCOP had already more than 40 years successful in devoting itself to help Member Countries in sustainable development, and the efforts are increasingly continued in order to enhance the role of geoscience inputs in the development process of its Member Countries.