14. Sambor Prei Kuk
- Since the site is being submitted by the Kingdom of Cambodia to the UNESCO World Heritage List, it is recommended that any work undertaken be part of a broader, holistic vision and integrated approach. It is indeed critical that the required criteria for applying to the List be gathered , in particular:
– The Outstanding Universal Value of the site;
– The integrity of the site; and
– The authenticity of the site.
- It is recommended to draw a detailed archaeological map and the boundaries of the protection perimeter must be established to support the decision-making process prior to the development of entrance accesses and roads, which should preserve the integrity of the site;
- Given the unique characteristics of the Sambor Prei Kuk monuments, which are essentially made of bricks, and given the advance state of decay of numerous towers-monuments, it is recommended to use tie-belts or similar mechanisms to stabilize them. Based on available technical options, disassembling-reassembling interventions cannot be considered for this type of brick monuments;
- As with Angkor, it is recommended to follow the rule of preserving the tree cover except when the trees present a direct threat to the monuments. It is also recommended to regularly clear the vegetation that grows on the monuments, under a regular maintenance program;
- The safeguarding and development of this exceptional site will require highly complex interventions relying on a wide range of technical skills; a series of on-site training programs should be designed to this end.