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Address to the 2020 UNESCO Delegation

Venice and its Lagoon was declared a World Heritage site in 1987. In 2014 the UNESCO World Heritage Committee expressed concern about the way various institutions are (mis)managing the site and since then a lot of effort has been invested…

Parliamentary Interrogation during the Referendum Campaign

The campaign for the referendum on changing the administrative structure for Venice and Mestre got off to a difficult start with the Mayor of Venice recommending abstention. WahV has collaborated with the spontaneous movement +Mestre+Venezia to provide accessible, reliable information…

Poll shows that Venetian citizens want to vote in the referendum on 01/12/2019

On 1/11/2019 we released the findings of an opinion poll conducted by GPF that revealed a strong tendency for Venetian citizens to vote in the forthcoming referendum to change the way the cities of Mestre (incl. Marghera) and Venice (incl.…

Why the future of Venice depends on the Referendum

On 18 September 2019 the High Court in Rome reversed the decision by the Veneto Region Administrative Tribunal (TAR) to allow the Mayor of Venice to block the Referendum on re-articulation of territorial administration for Venice and Mestre Marghera. WahV…

Can UNESCO’s World Heritage Programme really help save Venice?

Venice and its Lagoon was declared a World Heritage site in 1987. In 2014 the UNESCO World Heritage Committee expressed concern about the way various institutions are (mis)managing the site and since then a lot of effort has been invested…

Venice is a real city

Venice defends its own rights and reacts united against the downgrading of the city’s hospital The Venetian community reacts to the decision of the Veneto Region to downgrade the hospital of San Giovanni e Paolo to the minimum hospital level,…

Festa della Sensa and Osella D’Oro 2017

The Osella d’Oro is one of Venice’s most traditional events, dating back to about the year 1000 when the Doge cast a ring into the water to celebrate the Marriage of the Sea, symbolising the intimate relationship between the city…

Conversation with Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Towns Movement

Together with Michele Savorgnano of FUD we have begun a discussion with Rob Hopkins in Totnes (UK) about how to transfer their extensive experience of grassroots engagement and positive change to the Venice community. Here Rob gives us his viewpoint…

Preliminary survey: Refererendum for Venice

  WahV commissioned the Fondazione Ca’Foscari to carry out a professional survey among Venetian residents regarding a referendum to divide the Municipality between Mestre and Venice-islands and lagoon. [Historically, this is the way it was until the Mussolini era when…

Expert Legal Advice

WahV purely with the aim to improve the quality of the current debate in Venice regarding the possibility of a Referendum to subdivide the local administration between Venice and the mainland, also commissioned an expert in Public and Institutional Law…

2015 Appeal to UNESCO for Venice and its Lagoon to be added to the list of Endangered World Heritage Sites

Local branches of nationally recognised NGOs – Italia Nostra, FAI and WWF – together with other Venetian associations, and with support from independent and authoritative experts, appeal to UNESCO to put Venice and the Lagoon on the Danger List of…

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