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Large Venetian ships to be banned from central Venice soon | Travel

The Italian government announced on Tuesday that large ships accused of endangering the historic site of Venice, a UNESCO heritage site, would be banned from August 1.




Prime Minister Mario Draghi hailed it as “an important step in preserving Venice Lake”, with decades of continuous liners pushing millions of spectators into the city of dogs.

The old debate was revived

Defenders of heritage and the environment have for many years condemned the plight of large ships that threaten the lake’s fragile ecosystem and the foundations of its historic center. The debate was renewed last month with the return of ships, following an epidemic in which the Venetians returned to calm and clean air.

Smaller vessels are still allowed

Emissions containing a total of 25,000 tons, 180 meters in length, 35 meters in air range or more than 0.1% sulfur will no longer be allowed to enter the basin. San Marco, San Marco Canal and Quito Canal. They will have to do moorings in the industrial port of Margera, where improvements will be made, while small cruise ships (about 200 passengers) will be able to continue in the city center, a government statement said.

Concrete risk

Italy underscored the Minister of Culture and Heritage, Tario Francescini, who wanted to “avoid the danger of the city being added to the list of endangered heritage.” The inscription was proposed by UNESCO Advisory Councils at the end of June, to be decided by the World Heritage Committee at a meeting in China from July 16 to 31.

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Contempt

The inscription on the list of endangered traditions may allow the group to provide quick assistance to the site concerned within the framework of the World Heritage Fund. But it also serves to “warn the international community in the hope of mobilizing to save the sites involved,” and UNESCO writes on its site that it could be considered “a disgrace”. After all, if nothing is done for a long time, the site can be removed from the World Heritage List.

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