"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."

Global Mineral Resource Assessment Project

The CCOP-USGS Global Mineral Resource Assessment Project (GMRAP) is part of a larger global- scale mineral resource assessment coordinated by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with CCOP aimed at conducting a qualitative and quantitative mineral resource assessment; metallogenic analysis of the CCOP Region.

Activities and Time Schedule

2004 – 2005 Action Items

·         Conduct 2nd workshop (February, 2004).

·         USGS to provide results of 2004 seminar for review by the national coordinators May 31, 2004.

·         National coordinators to provide comments, additions, corrections and supporting documentation as necessary to complete assessment and send back to USGS by August 30, 2004.

·         USGS to provide revised preliminary assessment for porphyry CU and Sediment hosted Cu to national coordinators at 2005 meeting for finalization.

·         Regional coordinators will consult with their host countries with respect to release of data provided by each country and will provide bibliographic references for these data. Only image data will be released for review. CCOP to facilitate and coordinate on this issue.

·         For Potash Deposits: USGS will provide proto-type assessment for review.

·         For PGE (Ni, Cr Deposits):

-          All Countries Compile information and USGS to provide deposit models

-          All Countries to Inventory Ophiolites and Characterize PGE and Chromite deposits.

-          Ni laterite: National coordinators to tabulate data on these deposits

·         Sedimentary and volcanic rock-hosted Lead Zinc deposits: All Countries Future Compilation and USGS to provide deposit models

·         Tin and Tungsten deposits: All Countries Future Compilation and USGS to provide deposit models

·         Information data to be sent to USGS before December 2004.

·         Conduct Seminar (January-February, 2005 in China).

·         Future work:: Gold Deposits


2006 - 2007

·         Conduct annual Seminars and final Symposium (2006, 2007).

·         Complete compilation and analysis of regional geologic and related mineral resource information to establish metallogenic and tectonic interpretations.

·         Conduct as a project group, probabilistic estimates of undiscovered mineral resources by deposit type for each of the areas (tracts) delineated.

·         Prepare assessment products for digital publication and other forms as appropriate.





·         Conducted workshop on modern quantitative mineral resource assessment methods and applications (February, 2003).

The First Workshop on “Quantitative Mineral Resource Assessment of Southeast Asia”, 10-13 February 2003, Bangkok, Thailand

The workshop was held on 10-13 February 2003 at the Four Wings Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.  It was attended by 24 participants from China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, the USGS and CCOP Technical Secretariat. 

The workshop focused on discussions of assessment methodology and the known mineral resources of the participating countries. It was the first in the series of workshops within the project and gave the opportunity in introducing and launching the Project.  Facilitated by resource persons, Dr. Klaus Schulz, Dr. Stephen Peters, Dr. Warren Noklberg and Dr. Walter Bawiec from the USGS, the workshop discussed the project goals and workplan, elaborated on the USGS 3-part method of mineral resource assessment and agreed on and set long-and-short-term objectives.  Member Countries gave some brief presentations on the geology and mineral resources of their country.  Subsequent seminars are to be held to map progress; share and exchange experience and together tackle problems that may be encountered in the course of implementation of the project.  The workshop concluded with development of a workplan for the assessment effort in the region.

·         Established working groups and begin regional GIS–based-compatible standardized data compilation and analysis in the following areas:

-          Assessment  for Porphyry Cu–Au Deposits

-          Assessment for Sediment-hosted Cu



·         Identified National Cooperators from SE Asiaand Oceaniainterested in participating in an assessment of non-fuel mineral resources in the region.

·         Identified appropriate scientists from the interested countries that will work to compile and analyze available geologic and mineral resource information for SE Asiaand Oceania.


Summary of Activities

1.       Conduct a standardized inventory and analysis of current known nonfuel mineral resources in the Southeast Asiaand Oceania Region (Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Philippines) that will lead to an understanding of their implication for regional and global mineral supply.

2.       Compile GIS–based-compatible detailed data tables and location maps for significant known mineral deposits and general data tables for mineral occurrences in the Southeast Asiaand Oceaniaregion with initial emphasis on copper, platinum-group metal, and potash (potassium) resources, and then emphasis on nickel-chromium, lead, zinc, gold, tin-tungsten, and phosphate and related deposits.

3.       Use metallogenic and tectonic interpretations to provide the geologic setting for mineral deposits in the Southeast Asiaand Oceaniaregion.

4.       With direct input from experts, use the compiled information to delineate areas (tracts) permissive for undiscovered non-fuel mineral deposits focusing initially on copper (porphyry copper-gold and sediment-hosted copper deposits), platinum-group metal, and potash (potassium) resources and then focusing on nickel-chrome, lead, zinc, gold, tin-tungsten, and phosphate and related deposits.

5.       Conduct a quantitative assessment of undiscovered mineral resources in the Southeast Asiaand Oceaniaregion using uniform techniques (USGS 3-Part Quantitative Mineral Assessment Method) that is compatible with that applied in the Global.

6.       Conduct a quantitative assessment of undiscovered mineral resources in the Southeast Asiaand Oceaniaregion using uniform techniques applied in the Global Mineral Resource Assessment Project.



1.       Digital compilation of available regional-scale geology, geophysics, geochemistry and other related information necessary to provide the geologic setting and controls of mineral deposits and metallogenic belts of the region.

2.       Detailed mineral resource attributed tables and location maps for known mineral deposits and major occurrences including information on their sizes, grades and geologic type.

3.       As much information as possible on exploration history including: what deposit types or commodities were explored for; when; using what methods or models; and results of the exploration efforts (in the form of text, tables, and maps).


1.       Digital coordinated and attributed database for known mineral deposits and occurrences

2.       Digital regional geologic and related data and maps at scales of 1:1,000,000 or smaller

3.       Digital regional-scale metallogenic and tectonic data, maps, and interpretations

4.       Overview of current identified regional non fuel mineral resources and exploration

5.       Digital regional-scale maps of tracts permissive for undiscovered non fuel mineral resources

6.       Estimates of the quantity and quality of undiscovered mineral resources within permissive tracts with initial emphasis on copper, platinum-group metals, and potash along with important byproducts

7.       Some analysis of assessment results with regard to regional and global mineral resource availability and geoenvironmental implication

8.       Publications on research into regional- and global-scale assessment methods and data analysis.

9.       Project publications will be done in collaboration with international project members and in digital, web-based, and, when appropriate, paper formats

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