Sumary of Will the Ban on Cruise Ships Save Venice from Losing its World Heritage Title?:
- On July 13 this year, the Italian government declared that starting August 1 cruise ships will be banned from sailing through the city centre of the famous lagoon city of Venice.
- The ban came in the wake of a UNESCO warning in June this year that the international organisation was contemplating to put Venice on the endangered heritage list if the Italian government does not issue a permanent ban on cruise ships entering the lagoon city.
- It was in June that people were surprised to find a cruise ship sailing into the city despite an announcement from government in April banning the ships.
- Protests In 1987, Venice and its lagoons were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
- In October 2019, UNESCO Representatives from the city of Venice, the Italian government, UNESCO and ICOMOS met at UNESCO Headquarters to discuss the ongoing challenges facing Venice and its surrounding lagoon – an iconic site whose status as a World Heritage property is in jeopardy.