In the Slipstream of Development: World Heritage and development-induced displacement in Laos

Timothy Winter, Kearrin Sims

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nternational focus concerning heritage conservation governance is rapidly consolidating around the discourses and paradigms of sustainability. This can be seen in attempts to include culture as one of the pillars of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals and in the move to incorporate sustainable development into recent World Heritage Committee meetings. This chapter focuses on the upgrading of the Luang Prabang airport and draws on a series of personal interviews conducted by Kearrin Sims in 2012 with residents living in the area that focused on the issue of forced displacement. Luang Prabang is the former royal capital of Laos and a United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage site. It is one of the best known historic urban landscapes in Southeast Asia and has been, to date, Laos key tourist attraction. Chinese-run hotels and restaurants are opening in increasing numbers on the city's periphery.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Heritage, Development and Sustainability
Subtitle of host publicationInternational frameworks, national and local governance
EditorsSophia Labadi, William Logan
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781317541646
ISBN (Print)9781612055558
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameKey Issues in Cultural Heritage


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