Yu Hironari (M2) conducted fieldwork in Luan Prabang Lao PDR (20th Aug, – 21 Nov, 2016)

From 20th August to 16th November in 2016, Yu Hironari (M2) conducted fieldwork at the office of Department of World Heritage (DPL) in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. This was the third time for Yu to stay in Luang Prabang. This fieldwork includes the following major activities: 1) participating in the workshop for presentation; 2) conducting video shooting of Mekong Riverbank focusing built architectures; and 3) analyzing riverbank landscape.

  1. Participating the workshop for presentation:

During Yu’s stay, the workshop was organized twice. The first workshop whose title is “Information and communication technology for World Heritage site preservation and management in Luang Prabang, Lao P.D.R” was conducted on 6th September, 2016 at DPL Conference Hall. There are two objectives of this workshop: 1) to share the project research progress; 2) to obtain the feedbacks from DPL experts. The presentation titled by “Application of drone for riverbank landscape monitoring” was given by Yu. The summary of presentation is following:

  1. Current situation of the riverbank
  2. Overview of the research
  3. Evaluation sheet to evaluate riverbank landscape
  4. Advantages and issues of the sheet
  5. Evaluation results through trial by four reviewers

After the presentation, the future plan was discussed. As a result of the discussion, Yu identified there is a need to clarify the criteria of the evaluation sheet for effective landscape evaluation.

The second workshop whose title is “DPL&Tokyo Tech collaborative workshop October 2016” was conducted on 11th October, 2016 at DPL Conference Hall. There are three objectives of this workshop: 1) to share the project research progress; 2) to discuss the future collaboration between DPL and Tokyo Tech; and 3) to obtain the feedbacks from DPL experts. The presentation titled by “Update of application of drone for riverbank landscape monitoring” was given by Yu. The summary of presentation is following:

  1. Introduction of workflow in the study
  2. Summary of last workshop on 7th September
  3. Landscape analysis results for green environment
  4. Landscape analysis results for built architectures
  5. Future activity

After the presentation, the usefulness about the outcomes of the study was discussed. As a result of the discussion, the outcomes of this study can be utilized for chronological comparison as baseline data.

A gathering photo of first workshop participants (A photo taken by ICT team (Sep 2016))
A gathering photo of first workshop participants (A photo taken by ICT team (Sep 2016))
A scene of discussion in the second workshop (A photo taken by Yu (Nov 2016))
A scene of discussion in the second workshop (A photo taken by Yu (Nov 2016))
  1. Conducting video shooting of Mekong riverbank focusing built architectures:

A video shooting of Mekong Riverbank landscape was conducted by Yu between 19th September and 7th October. As a pilot site, Mekong riverbank was identified reflecting its priority in protection and the local monitoring needs. This video is focusing on built architectures namely, restaurants on the riverbank. Yu found it was more difficult to capture the inside of the restaurants clearly while avoiding the branches of big trees than expected. Therefore, there was a need to identify the flight path before conducting video shooting.

A capture of video taken by drone (A video taken by Yu (Sep 2016))
A capture of video taken by drone (A video taken by Yu (Sep 2016))
  1. Analyzing riverbank landscape:

After video shooting, the landscape analysis for green environment and built architectures were respectively conducted. As an analysis result for green environment by 10 DPL staffs, at total, 14 areas were noted as areas for closely monitor. Among them, 5 major gaps were identified between Riverbank Management Plan and current landscape by all evaluators. As an analysis result for built architectures by 9 DPL staffs, 22 out of 32 restaurants on the riverbank were noted as restaurants for closely monitor.

Through the analysis, it was possible to understand the current specific condition.

 

A scene of the landscape evaluation (A photo taken by Yu (Oct 2016))
A scene of the landscape evaluation (A photo taken by Yu (Oct 2016))

 

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