Resilient Urban Centres and Surrounds (RUCaS)

World Heritage Pond restoration
Luang Prabang, Lao PDR


Heritage Ponds with connecting gate in the old city of Luang Prabang


Canals in Luang Prabang


The Nam Khan River, at the confluence with the Mekong in Luang Prabang

This heritage city in northern Laos is built on a peninsula formed by the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers.

Constructed wetlands and ponds are part of the area’s heritage, linking with traditional community and temple structures and ways of living. Linked with the city’s drainage system, the wetlands and ponds have been degraded and undervalued for some time, regularly malfunctioning, blocking up and flooding.

Heritage overlays and diverse ownership arrangements present some limitations to innovation and are an important challenge for respectful development. But, working with landowners, local government and other stakeholders like UNESCO, to restore these cultural features is an opportunity to incorporate NbS with other infrastructure development while also respecting heritage values.

This project is another example of functioning wetlands connected with linear parks. Improving waterway health will support outcomes for local women producers and households, and connect with Lao and Luang Prabang heritage.


Take a closer look at the Heritage city of Luang Prabang

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