Sapa and Surrounds Sustainable Urban and Infrastructure Development Project (SUIDP), Vietnam

Sapa is a small, mountain town in Lao Cai Province. It is located about 350 km northwest of Hanoi. Between 2012-17, Lao Cai Province – in which Sapa is the primary tourist attraction – saw its per capita tourism revenue rise by over 400%, according to World Bank estimates. However, the rapid growth is impacting the natural landscape and without the necessary structural improvements, more tourism activity will continue to exacerbate air pollution, strain waste management systems, and increase biodiversity loss in these areas. Hansen have been engaged by The World Bank to develop an integrated tourism development plan to improve the quality of and access to tourism-related infrastructure and services.