DPM Sok An: Space Technologies May Be Expanded Beyond Angkor Historic Site

Space technologies being used for the preservation of Angkor Archeological Park may be extended to other historic sites such as Preah Vihear Temple, Koh Ker Temple and Beng Mealea Temple and so on.

The remarks was made by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers H.E. Sok An while meeting with a delegation of Chinese Academy of Sciences on Tuesday at the APSARA National Authority's headquarters in Siem Reap province.

Mr. Hang Peou, Deputy Director General of APSARA National Authority, said that space technologies are satellite technologies that enable us to know changes in Angkor area constantly. He added that the technologies are used for the management of water, forests and people living in the area.

During the meeting, H.E. Sok An requested the Chinese Academy of Sciences to expand the scope of the space technologies to other heritage sites and asked for more training or scholarship for relevant staff.

In reply, the Chinese Academy of Sciences delegation welcomed and accepted the requests.

In June 2014, the APSARA National Authority, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage under the Auspices of UNESCO signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in using space technologies for the preservation and management of the historic site of Angkor and for the development of Siem Reap region.

Source: AKP