Angkor: Lessons for the Modern World

by Alexandra Cousteau

The dependency of Angkor to water management, explored and commented before Lidar research taught us more about the ancient irrigation and reserve system.

Alexandra Cousteau Film 2009

Published: 2009

Author: Alexandra Cousteau

Language : English

The documentary offers some important insights on the correlation between water management and the expansion, decline and fall of Angkor as a center of power.

Well-known environmentalist Alexandra Cousteau met with spiritual leaders in Angkor Wat as well as fishermen and farmers in the area. The scientific background is provided by archaeologist and Roland Fletcher.

Production: Blue Legacy International

Tags: irrigation, water management, decline and fall, nature preservation, archaeology, Tonle Sap Lake, environment preservation, agriculture, hydraulic city

About the Author

Alexandra Cousteau

Alexandra Cousteau

Alexandra Marguerite Clémentine Cousteau (21 March 1976, Los Angeles County, USA) is a filmmaker, sustainability public speaker and environmental activist who explored the Angkor region in 2008 – 2009.

Continuing the work of her grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and father Philippe Cousteau, Alexandra Cousteau advocates the importance of conservation, restoration and sustainable management of ocean and water resources for a healthy planet and productive societies.

In 2019, she co-founded and became the president of Oceans2050, an ambitious project aiming at restoring ocean abundance by the year 2050.


Photo: screenshot from Angkor: Lessons for the Modern World.