The APSARA National Authority (ANA) recently conducted an internal workshop focusing on the “implementation strategy of the environmental management system in the Angkor site (Culture, Environment, and Society).”

The workshop aimed to advance the Angkor environmental management system and foster greater participation in environmental conservation among Angkor’s officials.

The opening ceremony of the seminar, held on August 21, 2023, was presided over by Sok Leakena, representing Hang Peou, Director General of ANA.

ANA shared on social media that the workshop featured three main presentations by professional ANA officers. The first delved into cultural, environmental, and societal aspects.

Secondly, the Department of Land Management, Urban Heritage, and Community’s role in implementing the Angkor Environmental Management System was discussed.

Lastly, the restoration efforts of the temples within the Angkor site were focused on. The workshop also included interactive sessions for questions, answers, and suggestions to enhance its effectiveness.

The ANA regularly organizes quarterly workshops for the Angkor site. The sessions involve all officers and staff, fostering their active involvement in preserving the heritage and environment of Angkor.

ANA spokesperson Long Kosal informed The Post that the Angkor Archaeological Park has obtained ISO 14001 certification over the past decade. In light of this achievement, ANA continually trains its officials and staff, helping them to maintain a solid grasp of work procedures and remain updated with the latest information.

Kosal added that the workshop’s objective was to bolster the capabilities of officials, enabling them to enhance their work efficiency in the long term. He emphasised that effective capacity-building was vital for officials to successfully preserve the Angkor site.

“We must collectively understand the ANA’s methods and visions. This workshop not only strengthens our internal operations but, more importantly, deepens our understanding of Ankgor’s environmental management systems,” he stated.

“As we gain clarity, we become conscious of the need to prioritise inspections and duties before taking action, particularly when tackling environmental challenges,” he concluded.