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As if you were heard Venice is sinking, not only because of the rise in water levels caused by climate change, but also because it is built on a soft surface.
Probably accelerating sea level rise is the presence of cruise ships in Venetian waters. And when demonstrations and petitions has been launched over the years to put pressure on the Italian government to allow large ships, things would sweep under the water because of the money brought by these cruise ships. UNESCO was too threatened removed Venice from its World Heritage List and warned that the city could be added to its list of endangered.
However, according to ArchDaily, The Italian government has finally agreed to these calls and formally and permanently banning large cruise ships in the Venice Lagoon to protect the city’s waterways, canals and public squares.
Entry into force begins On 1 August 2021, the ban stipulates that vessels over 180 meters (590 feet) in length or over 25,000 tonnes will no longer be allowed into the lagoon.
A large part of the the position could have been healed on the basis of a huge petition backed by UNESCO Association of Private International Committees for the Protection of Venice and signed by more than 50 directors of art, architecture, film and fashion, and calling on the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renz, and the Minister for Culture and Tourism, Dario Franceschini, to remove the large cruise ships from Venice, ArchDaily reports.
The group claimed that the ships were not only an “aesthetic intrusion” but also posed a “probable risk of catastrophe” to the weakened Venetian lagoon.