Apsara Says It Is Dealing With Angkor Pollution

The destructive threat posed to Angkor Wat by pollution is being taken seriously, the Apsara Authority said in a statement it released Friday in response to recent media coverage of the issue.

Responding to an article initially published by GlobalPost under the headline “In Cambodia, toxic air threatens timeless ruins,” the Apsara Authority said it was considering a range of options to deal with damage being caused to the World Heritage Site by toxic exhaust fumes emitted by vehicles ferrying visitors to and from the ancient temples.

Sok Sangvar, head of Apsara’s Angkor Tourism Management Plan, said in the statement that the authority last year created a working group to implement measures including upgrading existing weather stations to provide accurate data on pollution levels, the modernization of the tourist transport system and piloting a recycling program that involves locals living in and around the temple complex.

“This will not only reduce negative impact on Angkor but at the same time enhance the visiting experience and involve the local community in the development process with education programs and incentives to recycle,” he said.

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