Approaches to Chiang Sean World Heritage: Heritage for Whom

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Sakkarin Sapu


Many people in Thailand think of World Heritage Sites as community relocation and clearly separated zoning between residential and archaeological sites. In fact, such development guidelines might lead to conflict rather than encouraging a sense of belonging to these sites. This article attempts to demonstrate the construction of public participation in dimensions of planning, management, and mutual action processes in order to create patterns and mechanisms of management among stakeholders involved in World Heritage sites of Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai province. In addition, the article aims to present a model of adaptation of local communities in the Mekong River Basin responding to the development of Grater Mekong Sub-region level in the future.


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Sapu, S. (2013). Approaches to Chiang Sean World Heritage: Heritage for Whom. Journal of Mekong Societies, 7(3), 101–120. Retrieved from