Home » Who we are

Who we are

I. Foundation and first actions of the ASSOCIATION OF FRIENDS OF ANGKOR: warn about the need to safeguard Angkor
 
During the Extraordinary General Meeting of 6 February 1988, the ANGKOR FRIENDS'S ASSOCIATION (AFA) originates at a group initiative of personalities from the Guimet Museum, the French School of the Far East, the University under the chairmanship of Mr Yves MALECOT. Published in the French republic Official Journal on 22 June 1988, AFA gave himself a subject of "awareness of the Khmer civilization and contribute to the preservation, restoration and enhancement of the architectural heritage, including the Angkor site ".
 
His first efforts have contributed to the information concerned Kampuchea environments (both within the country and outside) of the French government authorities, government agencies and specialized organizations interested in our approach and its problematic.
 
A first mission was organized from January to February 1989, enabled the Professor Claude Jacques, Director of Research at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes and Professor René Dumont, former architect of the Buildings of France, to review the state of the built heritage and collections in order to assess the need for assistance.
 
On this first material, the Association of Friends of Angkor launched and realized a series of exhibitions in Paris at the Mint or the Guimet Museum and lectures. Moreover AFA began a policy of gathering basic information and operating experience of its members in this part of Asia. These two axes, always work helped in the 90s and 2000 to conduct field studies and expert reports to the Cambodian authorities, UNESCO and APSARA (the "Authority for the Protection and Development of the Region of Angkor "agency for twenty years to manage Angkor and a few other exceptional sites of Cambodia).
 
II. Growth and enhancing the communication policy of the Association.
 
 During the International Roundtable of Experts on the Conservation of the Angkor Monuments organized by UNESCO in Bangkok from 5 to 8 June 1990, AFA is seen associated with several French organizations Search (EPHE, EFEOCNRS) to perform a Archaeological prospecting mission disseminated by UNESCO
 
The organization by AFA under the authority of its Chairman Jean-Marie Charpentier, the Symposium "Preservation of Heritage of Cambodia" November 27, 1999 is the demonstration of this commitment to supporting both the political and institutional efforts and French Cambodian that scientific contributions of the French School of the Far East. This action was part of an international effort under the guidance and patronage of UNESCO
 
During the 90 AFA developed a special effort on the communications plan by creating a newsletter (the friend ANGKOR) describing as well the evolution of safeguard policies that always With risks to the main monuments such as the more modest that also contribute to the power and beauty of the sites. To this bulletin dedicated in November 2003 a first monograph on Phnom Bakheng and a reprint of the Temple of Preah Vihear as a first contribution of Angkor Friends for the inscription of this site on the heritage list UNESCO World.
 
It was during this period that AFA has published reproductions of watercolors of Lucien FOURNEREAU form of postcards, and proceeded to the reissue of the book by Louis Delaporte "Travel in Cambodia" published for the first time in 1880 . Since then, "The friend of Angkor" was replaced by a bi-monthly newsletter, "The ACTU Angkor friends" which continues its mission of information on Khmer events in Europe, publications relating to Cambodia the safeguarding of monuments, news research and the progress of the association.
 
The Musée Guimet regularly supports the actions of AFA and was associated in 2006 with the publication of the book "Anamorphoses" bringing together texts tribute to Jacques Dumarçay, architect, specialist Khmer constructive and architectural techniques.
 
III. Launch and development of a strengthened policy expertise.
 
Since 2004, under the leadership of its new President, Professor Pierre CLEMENT (architect and ethnologist), several expert missions were carried out, both under the aegis of the French Ministry of Culture as UNESCO to collect and format the data required for mounting file folders of Preah Vihear and safeguarding of Phnom Bakheng. Several reports have been shared with APSARA and government authorities to define precisely both the Preah Vihear management plan for the strategy to be implemented to stabilize the Phnom Bakheng and ensure the safety of more and more visitors.
 
On this background documents collected directly on these two sites by members of AFA , and the reports already submitted, the team launched the formatting of two publications to explain these two temples in their history, their architecture, meaning and become.
 
AFA also relies on its permanent members in Cambodia and supports the initiative of young Khmer researchers for a socio-economic survey to contribute to the development of a management plan for the classification of Preah Vihear. The first investigations were also launched on Koh Ker and Beng Mealea site in view of enriching the work already undertaken by APSARA. Like the temples of Phnom Bakheng and Preah Vihear, the landscape dynamics problem refers to the technical approach to backup and building stabilization with respect to a certain authenticity of the sites considering their scope and second skin .
 
AFA wants to develop a rejuvenation policy operational frameworks, both researchers and field specialists to strengthen its network in Europe and Cambodia in order to enroll in the new phase of management of the site itself to the city of Angkor . His ambition is to work on the sites being reconquest and development in the context of tourism policy initiated by the Cambodian government.
 
IV. Outlook: warn about the dangers of tourism
 
If the Association originally had a dual objective: to make known the riches of the Khmer civilization and of contributing to the preservation of monuments, "tourist development" mass of Angkor and fragility the environment around many other sites, alerting us again about the risks. Protection, control, respect for site management and environmental plans become a new priority for not killing the goose that lays golden eggs.
 
 
 
Jean-Jacques Dupuy
AFA Secretary General
2007/10/01