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Venice dodges Unesco ‘endangered’ listing after placing new limit on cruise ships
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AFP/The Local email@example.com @thelocalitaly 23 July 2021 12:55 CEST
Venice has avoided being named a world heritage site in danger by UNESCO on Thursday after Italy moved to ban large cruise ships from sailing into the city centre.
The city has been on UNESCO’s heritage list since 1987, but the UN body warned last month of the need for “more sustainable tourism management”, recommending that Venice be added to its endangered list.
The World Heritage Committee meeting in Fuzhou, China, cited Italy’s recent ban and gave Italian authorities until next December to report back on efforts to preserve the city’s ecosystem and heritage.