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July 23, 2021
MILAN — Venice and its lagoon environment avoided placement on UNESCO's list of world heritage sites in danger Thursday following Italy's ban on massive cruise ships traveling through the city's historic center. Preservation groups immediately criticized the decision by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee.
The committee, which is meeting in China instead has asked Italy to submit by December 2002 an update on efforts to protect Venice from excessive tourism, population decline and other issues that will be considered at a meeting in 2023.
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