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ROME (Reuters) – A UNESCO committee has actually chosen not to include Venice to the organisation’s World Heritage List in Danger, neglecting a suggestion from professionals and sparing the Italian federal government from an awkward decision on the city’s condition.
“The World Heritage Committee … has made the decision not to inscribe Venice and its Lagoon on the World Heritage List in Danger,” UNESCO, the U.N. cultural firm, stated in a declaration as the committee satisfied in Riyadh.
Italian Culture Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano stated including Venice to the list would have been an “undue move” not based upon unbiased realities. “Venice, therefore, is not in danger,” he stated in a declaration.
Venice, understood for its canals and cultural websites, has actually long been threatened by floods and mass tourist.
Sangiuliano stated UNESCO had actually favorably evaluated Italian tries to deal with these problems by means of the MOSE anti-flooding system and by the current approval of an entry cost for travelers, starting next year.
However, UNESCO stated more work was required to secure the vulnerable lagoon city.
“The Committee reiterated its concerns regarding the important issues that remain to be addressed for the proper conservation of the site, including those linked to mass tourism, development projects and climate change,” it stated.