via Phnom Penh Post, 13 October 2019:
In the first nine months of this year, the Apsara National Authority has approved 879 out of 1,746 applications from villagers living in areas under its jurisdiction to repair and build small houses.
Tasked with managing the Angkor Archaeological Park, the body said in a report released last week that it had approved 106 requests from villagers in Prasat Bakong district, 115 in Angkor Thom district, 185 in Puok district, 167 in Banteay Srei district, and 306 in Siem Reap town.
Oeun Sam Un, the head of Apsara’s Community Secretariat, said the small-scale constructions would not affect conservation works in the area.
“The approval is based on principles that allow for construction and management of houses according to conservation policies for world heritage sites,” he said.