Sa Pa's engraved rock field endangered by dam construction

Proposed dam constructions threaten to damage some of the rock art of the Sa Pa Engraved Rock Field in north Vietnam.

Sa Pa Engraved Rock Art Site

Hydro projects threaten Sapa tourism site
Tuoi Tre News, 23 Aug 2012

Muong Hoa Valley, a famous tourist attraction in Sapa, is under imminent threat of being destroyed due to the development of local hydropower projects.

There are currently five hydro projects under construction in the area. According to the Lao Cai provincial Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, the numbers of visitors to the valley has decreased 80% since 2006, when work on the projects began.

Moreover, local experts have also warned that the Su Pan 1 plant, near the Sapa ancient rock field in the valley, has seriously threatened the natural site, which was recognized as a national heritage item in 1994, and is under consideration to become a world heritage location.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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