Wat Phu Project, in the Lao People's Democratic Republic
© UNESCO 1998
National implementing agency: Ministry of Information and Culture
Project duration: 1996-1997
Total project cost: US$ 375,000
"The Wat Phu site is mainly comprised of:
(i) Wat Phu temple complex, one of the most important Hindu sanctuaries of the Khmer Empire period (ninth to thirteenth centuries AD),
(ii) surrounding associated temple monuments and
(iii) the archaeological remains of an associated extensive ancient city (third to thirteenth centuries AD).
Responding to the appeal made by the Lao government for international assistance, the project under the UNESCO/ Japan Trust Fund aimed at assisting the national authorities in cultural resource management through the preparation of
comprehensive "Zoning and Environmental Management Plan" for the preservation of the Wat Phu site.
The main activities carried out under the project were:
-Establishment of an Inter-Ministerial Co-ordinating Committee (NIMCC);
-Training of national personnel in conservation and site management ;
-Scientific site-investigation, small-scale restoration and emergency assistance ; "
(Extract from "Preservation of Cultural Heritage through the UNESCO/Japanese Trust Fund" p.16, 1998)
The results of the project contributed to the nomination of the Wat Phu archaeological site for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List ("Vat Phou and Associated Ancient Settlements within the Champasak Cultural Landscape", inscribed in 2001).
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