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Back soon (but better) – Poster Initiative to Reimagine Venice’s Future

Drawing on our anti-cruise ship poster campaigns, which have been photographed and shared by hundreds of people since they began three years ago, Back soon (but better) sees WahV hand over the recognisable posters to residents across Venice for them…

Ships in the Dark: On the inadequacy of cruise ship safety measures in the time of Covid-19

This report examines the shortcomings of cruise ship companies in light of the Covid-19 global emergency – using Venice as a case study. We hope that this challenging period will bring about positive change in the form of cruise ship…

How to make your own anti-cruise ship awareness campaign

This brief manual was conceived as a guide for other groups and associations which are fighting against similar problems caused by cruise ships all over the world. We invite other organisations to use this manual to create their own awareness…

WahV at the Cartagena Cruise Dialogue 2020

WahV was the only NGO to take part in the Cartagena Cruise Dialogue 2020, where we presented “The Venice Paradox” – our analysis of the negative impacts cruise tourism in Venice. The abstract underlines the importance of reformulating the issue…

The culture sector cannot ignore the underlying need for radical change

In the run-up to the 56th Venice Film Festival, the Director of the Venice Film Festival Alberto Barbera has joined the movement “Let the Mediterranean Breathe”, coordinated by Cittadini per l’aria ONLUS, to signal the urgency of effective policies to reduce the…

Information spreading through several media channels

On June 2 2019 the 65,000t MSC Opera cruise ship lost control and crashed into the River Countess barge at San Basilio. The world is waiting for Venice to be spared the nightmare of large cruise ships in the lagoon…

Anchoring the debate about cruise ships

Actions are needed now Coincidentally preceding the crash of the large cruise ship MSC Opera against the dock at San Basilio on June 2, 2019 and the relative worldwide attention to the excesses of tourism, exemplified by the large ships…

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Let the Mediterranean Breathe

Nitrogen oxide monitoring pilot study Air quality in port cities is a major cause for concern, especially as more evidence emerges from epidemiological studies that show a direct correlation between illnesses associated with air pollution and proximity of homes to…

Outcome of the long-awaited Government decision on the future for cruiseships (Comitatone 7.11.2017)

It has been a long wait since the last Comitatone (the inter-ministerial committee for planning, coordinating and monitoring Safeguarding of the Venice Lagoon) in August 2014, and yet a definite solution is as elusive as ever, even though the Minister…

WahV supports the Popular Referendum “Large cruise ships must be kept out of the Venice Lagoon”

The Referendum on 18 June aims at finally putting an end to the devastating presence of large cruise ships in the Venice Lagoon and at triggering a change in national government policy, in favour of protecting all Italian city-ports threatened…

Venice’s visual database – Ongoing collection of signs of resistance against big cruise ships

WahV constantly maps widespread opposition to large cruiseships in Venice. There are many types of signal throughout the city in a wide variety of locations from anonymous lampposts and steps on bridges to people’s homes, there are subtle reminders as…

2014 “Gruppo Spontaneo Ca’ Tron – Contorta”

WahV coordinated a working group of independent experts to review the Port Authority’s plan to dredge a new navigation channel for cruise ships to come into Venice. Working in concert with various professionals, a collection of technical reports was produced…

2014 Venezia è Laguna and the Regata Storica

In concert with various other local groups fighting the plan to dredge a new navigation channel in the Lagoon for cruiseships, WahV chose to use the occasion to re-affirm a crucial dimension of Venetian governance: to save the city, the…

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