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Tech & Science Venice narrowly escapes the World Heritage List in Peril

20:35  22 july  2021
20:35  22 july  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Italy locks cruise ships in Venice from

 Italy locks cruise ships in Venice from Italy's government has decided a drive ban for large cruise ships by the Lagoon Venice. © Felix Hörhager / DPA A cruise ship drives on the lagoon city of Venice pulled by a tractor over. The measure applies to cruise ships with more than 25,000 gross register tonnes or a length over 180 meters or more than 35 meters altitude, the government announced on Tuesday evening in Rome. From the 1st of August no more crusaders should drive through the lagoon.

Venise a échappé in extremis jeudi à son inscription sur la liste du Patrimoine mondial en péril. © Andreas Solaro / AFP Venice escaped in extremis Thursday to its registration on the World Heritage List at Risk.

Venice escaped in extremis Thursday to its registration on the World Heritage List in Danger, proposed by UNESCO shortly before the announcement by the Italy of the ban on large cruise ships to penetrate the heart of the lagoon .

The World Heritage Committee gathered in Fuzhou, China, took note of this prohibition that will come into effect on August 1st. It gives until 1 December 2022 to the Italian authorities to render again on the efforts made to preserve the ecosystem and the exceptional historical heritage of the serene.

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The Italian Minister of Culture and Heritage, Dario Franceschini, welcomed the Committee's decision. But "the attention of the world on Venice must remain strong," he warned, calling for the "sustainable development of this unique".

The UNESCO Committee has justified its decision - ended despite the reserves of Norway - after receiving "last-minute information" reporting a decree made in Council of Ministers in Rome on 13 July, under which The transit of "sea mastodontes" in the historic center of Venice belongs to the past.

From August 1st indeed, will be forbidden to enter the Saint-Marc basin, the Canal de Saint-Marc and the Canal de la Giudecca boats of more than 25,000 tons of gross gauge, over 180 meters Long, 35 meters of draft, or whose emissions contain more than 0.1% sulfur.

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They will have to moisten in the industrial port of Marghera, where amenities will be made, while the smaller cruise ships (about 200 passengers) will be able to continue to sit in the heart of the city.

The NGO Europa Nostra greeted a "step in the right direction" Thursday at the meeting of the Committee in Visioconferencing. "But the big ships should completely leave the lagoon," said his spokesperson, Sneska Quaedvlieg-Mihailovic.

UNESCO has not signed a blank check in Italy: Rome will have to "develop a proposal and a set of corrective measures, with an implementation schedule" before the 46th meeting of the committee in 2023, keeps the final text. Italy will also have to present "an updated report on the state of conservation of the property before 1 December 2022".

Environmental and cultural heritage defenders accuse the big waves generated by the larger vessels, long of several hundred meters and uppers of several floors, to erode the foundations of the serene, and to threaten the fragile ecosystem of His lagoon.

The debate was restarted last month with the return of cruises after months of pandemic that had gone to the Venetian calm and pure air, while depriving them important income.

and the perspective of a ranking to the number of threatened sites has clearly precipitated the political timetable.

The inscription on the heritage list at risk is not "a punishment", ensures UNESCO, even if it can be perceived "like a dishonor".

especially, if nothing is done in the long term, the site can be removed from the World Heritage list, on which Figure Venice since 1987.

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