20 years of German Apsara Conservation Project
Enlarge image (© Deutsche Botschaft) Enlarge image (© Deutsche Botschaft) The German Apsara Conservation Project (GACP) celebrated its 20th anniversary in Siem Reap. For the past 20 years, GACP has been working to preserve the stone, carving and the exterior style of temples at the Angkor Complex and other areas. The project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office with 4 million Euro. It is Germany´s biggest project of cultural preservation world-wide. The University of Applied Science of Cologne provided the administrative framework for the project. The success of GACP is however mainly due to the relentless work and dedication of Prof. Dr. Hans Leisen and his wife Dr. Esther van Plewe-Leisen.
The Minister for Culture and Arts, Phoeourng Sackona, appraised the excellent cooperation between Germany and Cambodia in the field of cultural preservation. The German Ambassador, Dr. Ingo Karsten, commended the vocational training involved with the project and expressed his hope that the APSARA Authority would increase its participation in the future. GACP and APSARA Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding and handed over certificates to the excellent local staffs. GACP also held an international scientific symposium which discussed the future challenges of stone conservation at Angkor and other monuments world-wide.