Govt lauded for heritage conservation

UNESCO praised the government for issuing a circular to prevent the demolition of heritage buildings in Cambodia to promote conservation and sustainable development.

“Urban heritage, including its tangible and intangible components, constitutes a key resource in enhancing the liveability and resilience of urban areas, and fosters economic development and social cohesion in a changing environment,” it said in a statement on Friday.

Prime Minister Hun Sen issued the circular on Tuesday.

“In order for the conservation of urban sites, religious buildings, ancient villages and houses to be in accordance with the Law on the Protection of Cultural Heritage, the government prohibits the alteration of exteriors that may damage their beauty,” he said in the circular.

Unesco said Cambodia has a long-standing record for its efforts on cultural conservation and this circular would strengthen the balance between urban growth and development, and reaffirm the country’s commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 11. — Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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