Singapore archaeology team donates to Phnom Kulen reforestation

Singapore archaeologists working in Cambodia donate money towards the reforestation of Phnom Kulen, which in recent years has been stricken by illegal logging and slash-and-burn agriculture.

Singapore archaeologists help with reforestation of potential Cambodian Unesco site
The Straits Times, 20 August 2015

An archaeology team from Singapore is helping in the reforestation efforts of a potential Unesco World Heritage Site in Cambodia.

The Phnom Kulen, or the Mountain of Lychees in Cambodia, which is on Unesco’s tentative list, has been cleared for agriculture and illegally logged for building timber. This has resulted in erosion across the site.

In June, archaeologist Lim Chen Sian from the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and his team donated $500 that will go towards planting 5,000 tree seedlings across the site.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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