CERS has made extensive studies of many important monasteries throughout the Tibetan region. A comprehensive survey of 18 monasteries was conducted in the eastern part of the plateau in 1991.  This included the drafting of architectural drawings and documentation of the history and current status of all 18 monasteries. Based on this extensive study, two monasteries, Palpung and Baiya, were selected as conservation sites. Between 1994 and 1998, several teams of experts from the U.K., Italy and the U.S. conducted restoration work on both the architecture and the murals at these sites. Local craftsmen and artisans were also trained to conduct such meticulous work in the future. This project, pioneered and supported by CERS has been featured on CNN and several other television networks.