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GHF in the News May 17, 2017

So You Want to Fly Drones for Conservation?

In the recent past, drones have exploded into the public eye. A subject of constant controversy, they summon debates about personal privacy, the dynamics of political conflict, and the dangers of the power they confer on the individuals who control them. But how about the ways drones can creatively contribute to society? Read…

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GHF in the News April 27, 2017

AFR Lunch: Tony Wheeler, the Lonely Planet founder still living the dream

It’s perhaps unsurprising that I need to travel to have lunch with a man who has made a life, and a fortune, out of travel. Tony Wheeler, the backpacker who built the Lonely Planet guidebook business after travelling across Asia on the cheap 45 years ago, is on his annual summer holiday with…

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GHF in the News February 24, 2017

Lonely Planet co-founder: ‘The first book was an accident’

Tony and Maureen Wheeler co-founded Lonely Planet in 1973 after the couple travelled overland from London to Australia. The travel publisher, which has since printed more than 120 million books in 11 languages, sold a 75% stake in the business to BBC Worldwide in 2007. The Wheelers sold their remaining 25% stake in…

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GHF in the News February 02, 2017

Cambodian Government Makes Bid to Add More Heritage Sites, Including Banteay Chhmar

The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts is preparing documents to add Banteay Chhmar temple to a list of tentative World Heritage Sites while it awaits the results from Unesco over another temple complex. Read more…

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GHF in the News January 20, 2017

Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities President Meets Global Heritage Fund CEO

Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) President Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa received Global Heritage Fund executive director Stephan Portman and discussed cooperation and ways of protecting heritage vestiges in Arab countries. Read more…

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GHF in the News January 02, 2017

Cambodia’s Experiment With Responsible Tourism

In Cambodia, local communities open their homes to visitors as part of community-based tourism.

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GHF in the News October 21, 2016

VIDEO: The Role of NGOs in Cultural Heritage Conservation

Heritage preservation has long been associated with the conservation of grand monuments driven by the state, but Kuanghan Li, director of Global Heritage Fund’s China Program, explains to Asia Society that NGOs could play the role of instigator and facilitator in heritage preservation projects. Read more…

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GHF in the News September 26, 2016

Handmade paper chairs? Here’s what ‘Made in China’ really looks like

Over the past decade, the development of Chinese design has been fast-paced, industrious and government-approved. Read more…

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GHF in the News September 13, 2016

Tourism Traps Ethnic Minority in Tradition

Each morning, a rhythmic banging wakes the residents of Zhaoxing. With broad, wooden hammers, women are breaking up particles of indigo dye in long stretches of fabric, releasing a deep purple sheen that is a quintessential characteristic of the traditional garments worn by the Dong, the ethnic minority they belong to. Read more…

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GHF in the News August 30, 2016

Lidar reveals more, much more, of the cities of Angkor

A new paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science has been grabbing the headlines in the last few days: the first insights from the Lidar acquisition of Angkor. Read more…

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GHF in the News August 22, 2016

On trial: the destruction of history during conflict

When the Roman Emperor Jovian ordered the burning of the Library of Antioch in the 4th century AD, there was nobody around to make him answer for what ancient Syrian culture buffs deemed a “barbaric act”, according to records. Read more…

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GHF in the News June 24, 2016

Banteay Chhmar: How Cambodia’s ancient cities are boosting tourism and community development

Amongst the millions of tourists who flock to Cambodia each year most travel the well-trodden paths to and from Angkor Wat, however few visit the remote, relatively undiscovered site of Banteay Chhmar. Read more…

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GHF in the News June 17, 2016

Controversial park plans in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve

You hear them before you see them. It’s a frog-like croaking, coming from the treetops below as the sky begins to fill with light. The jungle goes on for as far as the eye can see from up here at the top of El Tigre, a temple in the ancient Mayan city of…

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GHF in the News June 13, 2016

Cambodia: Massive temple complexes and cities from Khmer Empire discovered

Ancient temples and sprawling city complexes belonging to the Khmer Empire have been discovered beneath Cambodia’s jungle near Angkor Wat. Read more…

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GHF in the News June 13, 2016

Jungle (Note)book: How a VR-Ready Laptop Can Take You to the Lost City of El Mirador

No roads lead there. Reaching it requires an arduous, two-day trek through dense Guatemalan jungle, or flying over the treetops in a helicopter that’s been stripped down to have the range for the long round trip. Read more…

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GHF in the News April 19, 2016

Nepal’s heritage sites still in ruins a year after quake

KATHMANDU VALLEY, Nepal — Deftly handling tiny chisels and swabs of cloth, a dozen village women painstakingly chip away the crust and grime of centuries, restoring to life images of Brahma, Vishnu and other Hindu deities that grace an architectural masterwork. Read more…

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GHF in the News April 16, 2016

How to explore Guatemala’s Mayan ruins from 4500 kilometres away

EL MIRADOR, GUATEMALA – Jaguar Paw Temple lies deep in the Guatemalan rainforest, part of the ancient Mayan ruins of El Mirador. Three days walk from the nearest road, it’s almost inaccessible. And yet here I am. Read more…

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GHF in the News March 22, 2016

Banteay Chhmar, protecting Cambodia’s ‘second Angkor’

SIEM REAP PROVINCE, Cambodia — Sunset approaches at one of the world’s greatest, man-made wonders.  Soft light burnishes the weathered stones, the images of gods and kings. It’s party time at Cambodia’s Angkorian temples. Read more…  

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GHF in the News March 21, 2016

Remote Angkorian Monument Ready for Makeover

Over the centuries, looting, theft and mismanagement have plagued the 12th century Banteay Chhmar temple complex in Banteay Meanchey province. But the sprawling Angkorian monument is about to get a second life as an international training ground for future archaeologists and monument restoration specialists. Read more… 

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GHF in the News December 22, 2015

‘Farm to Fabric’ Clothing Preserves Ancient Craftsmanship

Throughout her career, New York-based Angel Chang had worked with internationally acclaimed designers such as Chloé, of See By Chloé, and Donna Karan, and has written for publications from V Magazine to French Vogue. Read more…

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