In Laos, the number of tourists is increasing rapidly and they can be damaging to the culture and environment. We meet Laurent Rampon an architect working on developing and implementing a program for safeguarding and enhancing cultural assets and heritage such as the temples.
The Buddhist temples are key elements of architectural heritage, history and culture. Since 1995, the inhabitants’ standard of living has increased. Yet, rapid, uncontrolled development could easily disrupt the fragile balance that still exists. Reconciling heritage conservation with economic development is an objective that UNESCO and the Laotian authorities are trying to meet as best they can.