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Bénédicte de Montlaur, President and CEO of World Monuments Fund, handing a ceremonial plaque to the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts at a celebration honoring WMF’s partners at Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Group standing with de Montlaur, from left to right: His Excellency Kol Bunly, Secretary of State at the Ministry of the Royal Palace; His Excellency Dr. Hang Peou, Director General of APSARA National Authority; Her Excellency Dr. Phoeurng Sackona, Minister of Culture and Fine Arts.
After over three decades of hard work across four sites—in partnership with the Authority for the Protection of the Site and Management of the Region of Angkor (APSARA)—buildings that had once been at risk of collapse have been stabilized, entryways once blocked by debris have been cleared, and a city once choked and shrouded in shadow from jungle overgrowth has been brought to the light once more.
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| February 01, 2024

Watch Day: A Global Snapshot

Children participating in a heritage walk during the Tiretta Bazaar Watch Day
From religious processions to ancient sport matches, from photography exhibits to communal feasts, Watch Days can take many forms around the world. At their core, they are celebrations honoring the sites on our World Monuments Watch and the people who bring them to life.
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Waraporn Suwatchotikul, project manager and architect at Wat Chaiwatthanaram, Thailand.
This 2024 World Monuments magazine article spotlights how over the last three decades of WMF’s work in Southeast Asia, the NGO has modeled gender parity in the workplace, setting an example for local peer organizations by offering equal employment and exchange opportunities and expanding educational training for women.
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Ancient Town of Huaquis (2023) by Rafael Schmitt / Instituto de Montaña
Since its election in the Watch 2022-2024, the Yanacancha-Huaquis Cultural Landscape has not ceased to surprise us with its rich heritage, community participation, and the joint efforts of different actors to recover the ancestral water management systems that constitute current alternatives to face the impacts of climate change.
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Ancient Town of Huaquis (2023) by Rafael Schmitt / Instituto de Montaña
Desde su elección en el Watch 2022-2024, el Paisaje Cultural Yanacancha-Huaquis no ha dejado de sorprendernos por su rico patrimonio, participación comunitaria y los esfuerzos conjuntos de diferentes actores en recuperar los sistemas ancestrales de manejo del agua que constituyen alternativas actuales en para hacer frente a los impactos del cambio climático.
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Conservators' evaluation of the exterior of Building 1 of Pajatén (2023) by Heinz Plenge Archive
Luego de la misión exploratoria realizada durante el 2022, nuestros equipos de los componentes de investigación y conservación arqueológica y monitoreo ambiental ingresaron al Parque Nacional Río Abiseo (PNRA) entre julio y octubre de este año para realizar intervenciones enfocadas en los caminos de acceso y en los sitios arqueológicos de Los Pinchudos y Gran Pajatén.
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