The German Apsara Conservation Project (GACP) which develops conservation methods based on targeted research at Angkor Wat has received large support by the German Government’s Cultural Heritage Site Conservation Programme with a total funding of about 3.4 million EUR so far. Through this work, a major contribution is made to the conservation of the invaluable stone reliefs which are a hallmark of the temples of Angkor.
Since 2007 German cooperation collaborates with the local Heritage National APSARA Authority in the area of Vocational Training to implement a Unit of skilled Cambodian Stone Conservators in order to address the growing need for safeguarding the temples of Angkor, the most renowned and significant cultural heritage in Cambodia. To reach this goal, a complete 2-year- training programme on stone conservation was created, in which young Khmer students learn the skills of a conservator. The project not only helps to preserve the temples for future generations, it also creates jobs and puts the responsibility for the national heritage into the hands of the local authorities.
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