Conservation of Angkor

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of Angkor spreads over an area exceeding 400 square kilometres and is a symbol of Cambodia.  With a history of predominantly foreign conservation experts working to preserve the site, the APSARA Authority - the government body responsible for the management and maintenance of the historic site - is currently working with foreign NGOs and universities to train up local Cambodians with the aim of responsibility for Angkor's future being handed back to local Cambodians.  I was fortunate to get a glimpse into early stages of the passing of the torch back to the Khmer people.

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Tourists make their way along the path to the western gate of Angkor Wat, 23 January 2016. 2015 saw 2.1 million foreign visitors pass through Angkor. The impact of the constant flow of tourists is being countered by measures implemented around 2012 including limiting the number of visitors to particular parts of the complex at any given time, signs reminding people to respect the site, and the roping off of vulnerable areas of Angkor.