UNESCO has declined to add Venice to its list of World Heritage Sites in Danger. The decision was announced on May 24, 2021, following a consultation with Italian authorities.
The World Heritage Committee noted that Venice has long faced threats from flooding, subsidence, and commercial development. They also noted positive steps taken by the city in recent years to address the issues, such as revised land-use plans and improved anti-flood systems.
The committee also recognized Venice’s World Heritage status and the importance of protecting its cultural heritage. Therefore, they concluded that Venice does not meet the criteria for inclusion on the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger.
In the statement, UNESCO reiterated its commitment to supporting Italian authorities in protecting Venice and its heritage from ongoing threats.