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Chinon-Luang Prabang (Lao PDR) Cooperation

A former royal capital, Luang Prabang (40 000 inhabitants) is located at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers.

Initiated in 1995 under the aegis of UNESCO, the cooperation between Chinon and Luang Prabang was born from the amazing similarity of these two ancient royal capitals. They both display a unique architectural and cultural heritage that has earned them to be listed as World Heritage Sites.

Praised internationally for its quality, and supported by an extensive partnership network, the cooperation program between Chinon and Luang Prabang aims at driving a sustainable development program by means of :
• urban development projects,
• exemplary restorations of buildings and infrastructures
• direct support to the population for their habitat and environment improvement.

Managed locally by the Department of Heritage of Luang Prabang, the program has contributed for 20 years to the development of local capacities, through training, capacity-building for local expertise and support to the authorities regarding site management.

The program enabled a comprehensive legislation regarding heritage and urban development issues to be passed by the Lao Government. It also aims to reach the local population through tangible projects such as:
• Support to agriculture.
• Sanitation development.
• Waste Management.
• Pest control (rodents, mosquitoes).

The cooperation is sponsored by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the French Development Agency, the European Union and the Region Centre-Val de Loire.

Contact :

Aude Sivigny
International Programs Manager
Telephone : 02 47 93 53 22
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