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Project Activities

Main activities of the project included:

  1. Site investigation and on-site professional training for Laotian counterparts and trainees in the science and technology of conservation;
  1. Establishment of and support to the Vat Phou National Inter-Ministerial Co-ordinating Committee (NIMCC) for the maintenance and management of the Vat Phou archaeological site;
  1. Provision of necessary equipment, materials and supplies for carrying out the maintenance and management activities on site (mainly provided in Project Phase); and 
  1. Heritage awareness through community outreach, HATCH

Co-financed by the Italian and Japanese governments, Component I which is the scientific technical information pertaining to the restoration of the principal monuments of the Vat Phou archaeological sites was accomplished in Phase I (1996-1997). In Phase II (1998-1999/2000), financed by the Italian Government, component II was accomplished: the Management Plan for the Champasak Heritage and Cultural Landscape Protection Area (the "Vat Phou ZEMP") was completed and formally adopted by the Laotian Government as law.  

In Phase III (2004-2005), intensive on-site training of Laotian counterpart staff was undertaken and the Vat Phou Site Office was supported and developed into a centre for archaeological research and training, in order to ensure that the responsible local staff have the understanding, knowledge, skills, facilities and tools to implement effectively the provisions of the now-adopted Vat Phou ZEMP Management Plan. Specifically. the concluding phase of the project focused on: (i) the development, support and consolidation of the Vat Phou site office; (ii) the enhancement of the ability of the site office staff to effectively implement the priority conservation programme set out in the adopted Management Plan for the first five years; and (iii) on-site conservation work and intensive training in conservation and site maintenance and management issues.

Objectives Achieved

The concluding phase of the project succeeded in consolidating the achievements of the preceding two phases in assuring the protection and conservation of the archaeological heritage of the site. It helped in further strengthening the Laotian on-site staff, thus empowering them to put into practice the provisions of the adopted Management Plan, which will ensure long-term conservation.