Venice saved from downgrading but not from overtourism

By Valerie Segond

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Tourists gather along the Grand Canal during the Venice Carnival in February. MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP

The establishment of a visitor regulation system allowed the Italian city to avoid being included on the UNESCO Heritage in Danger list. But the problem of preserving the city of the Doges remains.

Special envoy to Venice

For the third time, the threat of decommissioning from Venice will not be implemented. While the technical bodies of the World Heritage Center of Unesco had proposed at the end of July to place Venice on the list of sites in dangerconsidering that the Serenissima had suffered “irreversible changes”a “deterioration of its essential characteristics”especially “its cultural and social identity, and its integrity”but also a degradation of the lagoon ecosystem, twenty of the twenty-one countries gathered on September 14 in Riyadh for its 45e session did not follow the Committee. And, in less than an hour, a consensus was reached between members on the amendment proposal formulated by Japan to maintain Venice to World Heritage.

The Ministry of Culture and the city mayor immediately breathed a sigh of relief. “A great day for all of Italy”declared the Undersecretary of State for Culture in charge of…

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