Improving tourism and climate resiliency in Laos

1 October 2019
Ramboll is assisting the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism in Laos stimulate growth and improve tourism along the Greater Mekong Subregion corridors by implementing resilient infrastructure.
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Nils Gärdek

Nils Gärdek

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Jens Thøgersen

Jens Thøgersen

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By Martin Zoffmann

Blessed with rich natural resources and a strategic location at the heart of the Greater Mekong Subregion - a natural economic area bound together by the Mekong River – Lao PDR has emerged to become one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia since 2011.

In order to stimulate further growth along the corridors of the Greater Mekong Subregion Ramboll has been selected to conduct a comprehensive project focusing on urban and tourism infrastructure, drainage improvement and solid waste management. The project also has a strong focus on climate resiliency, as Laos is also rather exposed to heavy rains and flash-floods.

“The project is set to support the transformation of a number of smaller towns into economically inclusive, competitive international tourism destinations by improving road and water transport infrastructure, urban environmental services, and capacity to sustainably manage tourism growth,” says Jens Thøgersen, Head of Department, Ramboll.

Introducing blue-green infrastructure

The project impact hence intends to be promoting sustainable, inclusive, and more balanced tourism development, increasing the competitiveness in the GMS region, and Ramboll is addressing the need for climate resiliency by introducing blue-green infrastructure concepts.

The project has three overall focus points.

  • Strengthen institutional effectiveness through improving staff capacity in critical areas, incl. improved urban service delivery, O&M of urban facilities and supporting the establishment of urban service units
  • Enhance the institutional effectiveness with a focus on private sector engagement and information and communication technology (ICT)-based public management systems, and the policy and planning environment for regional economic connectivity
  • Improve institutional effectiveness to provide sustainable services and support an improved policy and planning environment for urban environmental infrastructure management

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