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Venice is in Danger According to the UNESCO 🛶 🇮🇹

Venice, a world heritage site, is again threatened by hazards jeopardizing its integrity. To preserve its integrity, UNESCO has raised the alarm regarding damage from tourism and climate change, pushing for the addition of Venice to the list of endangered heritages.

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Cipi·8/21/2023
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Venice, an iconic lagoon city, is currently at the center of a complex challenge involving rising seas and mass tourism. These two factors are threatening the integrity of this world heritage city.

On the one hand, climate change is causing sea levels to rise, threatening the delicate balance on which Venice rests. Increasingly frequent flooding damages historic structures and works of art, requiring an immediate response to preserve its unique heritage. On the other hand, mass tourism is putting significant pressure on Venice's infrastructure and social fabric. Millions of visitors crowd the streets and canals every year, causing damage to the natural environment and threatening the vitality of local communities. Economic dependence on tourism has also undermined the city's economic diversification and resilience in the face of these challenges.

For these reasons, UNESCO recently raised the alarm about the situation in Venice, going so far as to consider adding Venice to the list of World Heritage in Danger and stressing the need for immediate action to limit the damage. Indeed, despite some progress, such as the ban on large cruise ships in the main canals, the measures taken so far have been considered insufficient to preserve the city. It is, therefore, crucial to develop a long-term strategy to protect Venice's historic authenticity and address current threats.

The proposal to add Venice to the list of endangered sites will be voted on in September at a UNESCO summit in Saudi Arabia. This decision could catalyze national and international efforts to preserve this unique city, ensuring that it will still be able to captivate future generations with its eternal and fragile charm.

In any case, Venice will not be immediately excluded from the world heritage list, but it may be placed on a parallel list of sites at risk, for which UNESCO develops recovery plans; this is particularly significant since most of these sites at risk are located in conflict zones.