Appeal for international help to preserve Borobudur

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You may remember last year’s eruption of Mt Merapi caused a layer of corrosive ash to coat Borobudur. Conservation specialists working in Indonesia are now appealing for public funds to help with the cost of cleaning up the ash in the wake of the disaster. Readers interested in making a financial donation to help the preservation of Borobudur can make a donation on the official site here.

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Experts Racing Against Time To Preserve Borobudur Badly Damaged By Volcanic Eruption
Bernama, 06 April 2011

Emergency Intervention for the Safeguarding of the Borobudur World Heritage Site
Unesco Jakarta
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Plastic wrap to Boroudur's rescue!

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Well, not exactly plastic wrap in the sense of the stuff you find in the kitchen. The latest plan to protect Borobudur from the fallout ash from Mt Merapi is to cover the monument in plastic. But it seems that the 2,000 square metres of plastic that they already have isn’t quite enough to protect the site. I’m not exactly clear over how the plastic is supposed to protect the site. Are they going to lay a plastic tent over the monument? Or are they going to literally wrap each stupa with a layer of plastic? Anybody in the ground care to comment?

Soldiers cleaning Borobudur - Jakarta Globe 20101111

Plastic to Protect Indonesia’s Borobudur From Ravages of Merapi Ash
Jakarta Globe, 11 November 2010
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