International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor)
The ICC-Angkor, set up in the wake of the Tokyo Conference (October 1993) and confirmed by the Paris Conference (November 2003), is a kind of forum where architects, engineers, restorers, archaeologists, researchers, anthropologists, technical experts in various fields can exchange their experiences and views for the preservation and development of the Park.
The ICC-Angkor meetings are held twice a year, one a Plenary Session, the other Technical. The Plenary Session focuses on overarching policy directions; appeal for funding; validation of new projects and announcements of new projects at Angkor. The Technical Committee allows the experts to exchange their experiences, discuss technical issues and sometimes propose solutions for a particular problem. The ad hoc expert Group for conservation has been active since the early years of the ICC-Angkor, leading a very open debate process among the archaeology and architecture teams of the different countries. Legitimized by frequent visits to the sites, asking questions and offering advices, this Group has enabled the ICC to achieve, with the support of the APSARA National Authority, a genuine consensus on the philosophy and conservation methods prevailing at Angkor. The ad hoc expert Group for sustainable development is operational since 2006. They make available their expertise in a large field of development, from tourism management, urban planning to agriculture.
The ICC-Angkor has proved to be a forum par excellence for the exchange of ideas, information and research methodologies. The problem of structural stabilization of Angkor monuments is no longer an issue as was a decade ago, while sustainable development of the site has become a great challenge for all concerned partners and more particularly the Authority for the Protection of the Site and Management of the Siem Reap-Angkor Region (APSARA). It is therefore anticipated that ICC-Angkor will be called upon to play an even more crucial role in the years to come.