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.
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.