What the Plain of Jars in Laos tells us about disaster risk management in the era of coronavirus

Most sites see a dramatic change after being put on the Unesco World Heritage List. Visitor numbers shoot up, investors domestic and international flock to the location, and there is a flurry of media interest and community activity. Yet, a year after the July 2019 listing of the Plain of Jars in Laos, things have been quiet – largely because of Covid-19.While overenthusiastic development has been the biggest headache for many World Heritage Sites, too few visits and too little economic…

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