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Venice’s lagoon is doomed unless it gets a little “intelligent tourism”

Excerpt from Guardian

Jul 18, 2012 9:13 am

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An alternative dock is needed for cruise ships before erosion of Venice’s main lagoon is further damaged. Venetians, who earn little revenue from cruises or their guests, hope a new bill will help them to regain control.

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The environment committee of Italy‘s upper chamber is reviewing a bill to safeguard Venice and its lagoon. It aims to give the city’s council powers over the city and surrounding waters. In the aftermath of theCosta Concordia disasterUnesco appealed to the Italian government to stop large cruise ships entering the San Marco basin and Giudeccia canal. But though the authorities agreed in principle nothing has changed.

Venice, Italy. Transatlantic cruise from Rio to Venice, March 2009, onboard the MSC ARMONIA.

Houses along a canal in Venice, Italy. Photo by Jorge Andrade.

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