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    • Venice will not be placed on UNESCO's list of heritage site in danger

      Venice will not be placed on UNESCO's list of heritage site in danger

      Venice and its lagoon environment avoided placement on UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites in danger on Thursday following Italy’s ban on massive cruise ships traveling through the city’s historic center, AP reported. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, meeting in China, instead has asked Italy to submit by December 2022 an update on efforts to protect Venice from excessive tourism, population decline and other issues that will be considered at a meeting in 2023. Preservation groups immediately criticized the decision.

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    • Heated debates on new UNESCO list of World Heritage sites kick off

      Heated debates on new UNESCO list of World Heritage sites kick off

      The world heritage committee of the UN's cultural agency UNESCO starts debating on Friday its list of World Heritage sites, with Australia and Britain furious over looming changes to the status of the Great Barrier Reef and Liverpool city. Nearly 50 new sites could be added to the over 1,100 listed worldwide by UNESCO as World Heritage, during two weeks of online meetings hosted by China, AFP reported. The agenda is particularly heavy after last year's meeting was cancelled because of the Covid pandemic.

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    • Italy bans large cruise ships in Venice

      Italy bans large cruise ships in Venice

      Italy's government announced on Tuesday evening its decision to ban large cruise ships from entering the Venice Lagoon, news wires reported. The measure applies to cruise ships with more than 25,000 gross registered tonnage or a length of more than 180 metres or a height of more than 35 metres. Vessels that exceed certain emission standards will also no longer be able to sail through the lagoon of the world heritage city.

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    • Venice at risk, UNESCO calls for permanent ban of cruise ships

      Venice at risk, UNESCO calls for permanent ban of cruise ships

      Venice's survival will be even more in peril if the lagoon city doesn't issue a permanent ban on cruise ships docking there, UNESCO said on Monday. The UN art heritage body said it would examine a proposal to put Venice on its endangered list at its plenary session on16-31 July, ANSA reported. If approved, it would demand urgent action by the Italian government by next February.

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    • Venice bans large cruise ships

      Venice bans large cruise ships

      Italian authorities have finally approved a ban on cruise ships entering the historic centre of Venice, news wires reported. The decision agreed on Wednesday came in response to a request from UN cultural body Unesco. Large ships will now have to dock at the city's industrial port until a permanent solution is found.

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    • Venice deploys Mose barriers against high tides for the first time

      Venice deploys Mose barriers against high tides for the first time

      Venice deployed its long-delayed flood barriers for the first time on Saturday as forecasters warned that storms could combine with high tides to inundate the city, Reuters reported. The network of 78 bright yellow barriers that guard the entrance to the delicate Venetian lagoon started to lift from the sea bed more than three hours before the high tide was scheduled to peak.

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    • Nomadland with Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival

      Nomadland with Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival

      US film Nomadland has won the Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival, the first such event held with live audiences since the Covid-19 outbreak, news wires reported. The film, by Chinese-born Chloé Zhao, stars Frances McDormand as a widow who lives as a nomad after the 2008 crisis.

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    • Venice Film Festival presents selections for its 77th edition

      Venice Film Festival presents selections for its 77th edition

      The American frontier drama “The World to Come,” the Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren comedy-drama “The Duke,” Gia Coppola’s “Mainstream,” and the Shia LaBeouf and Vanessa Kirby drama “Pieces of a Woman” are among the films set to premiere at the 77th edition of Venice International Film Festival, organizers said on Tuesday.

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