The World Heritage Committee "meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for its 45th session, decided not to inscribe the 'Venice and its lagoon' site in the List of UNESCO World Heritage in Danger". The Minister of Culture declares it, Gennaro Sangiuliano. "
The team work carried out in recent months by the Ministry of Culture together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Veneto region, the municipality of Venice and the institutions that locally make up the site's Steering Committee, has stopped an undue maneuver purely political and devoid of anchoring on objective data – adds the executive representative -. Venice, therefore, is not in danger. In recent months the Municipality has taken bold steps to manage tourism and ensure the protection of the city's extraordinary cultural heritage. The Ministry of Culture is at his side and together we will continue the complex path of safeguarding and valorising a symbol of Italy which is a world heritage site. In the Committee discussion, the government highlighted the significant progress achieved in recent years to safeguard the site from the threat of climate change and the challenges posed by mass tourism. The Committee positively assessed the impact of the measures adopted to protect the city's heritage from the phenomenon of high water, such as the Mose system and the barriers at St. Mark's Basilica, and to manage tourist influxes. In particular, the importance of the recent approval, on 12 September, of the Regulation for the establishment and regulation of the access fee to the city of Venice was recognised”.
Sangiuliano concludes: “The UNESCO body has found that the site faces important challenges linked to the complexity of its ecosystem. For this reason he asked Italy to continue with determination in its action to protect the site and encouraged it to invite UNESCO and its technical bodies to carry out a fact-finding mission in Venice which could be useful for having an updated picture of the state of conservation of the site and of the strategy implemented by the national and local government to guarantee its best protection".