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Sorry, we are closed: Empty Venice in the early days of the COVID-19/Coronavirus precautionary “lockdown”

These photographs by Eleonora Sovrani expose the eternal beauty of the city as well as the emptiness created by the absence of tourists but also by the remarkable reduction in residents in recent years. On the other hand some of…

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…

La Nuova Venezia 14.1.20: “Smog in Venice: Something must be done to limit water traffic”

An article written by Jack Wright And Jane da Mosto has been published in local Venetian newspaper La Nuova Venezia. The piece underlines the link between local air pollution and global climate change, as well as signalling the irony of…

RAI 16.12.2019 High Tide – Report

Italian national broadcaster RAI has explored the causes and impact of high tides in Venice, featuring an interview with Jane da Mosto.   Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp

Polpo London: Christmas Campaign for Venice

The Polpo restaurants in London have chosen We are here Venice as the charity to benefit from their Christmas fundraising campaign and will be generously collecting money from their diners to support our work here in Venice throughout December. Please…

Pellestrina Appeal

We are here Venice is collaborating with Palazzo Polignac to raise funds for the community of Pellestrina. Palazzo Polignac, which hosts cultural and musical events, held a fundraising concert on the 8th of December. You can help the people of…

BBC World Service report 13.11.2019: Extreme Flooding in Venice

Interviewed on the BBC World Service on 13.11.2019 about the dramatic flooding of the city. Water levels reached 1.87cm, the highest level since the devastating flood of 1966. The above image shows how quickly water levels rose up and fell again, measured…

Ethics and Digitalisation Conference 28.10.2019

Jane da Mosto spoke at a conference on Ethics and Digitalisation, held on the island of San Servolo in Venice. Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp

Presentation of the book “SOS Laguna” by Luigi D’Alpaos at the Church of San Lorenzo

We are here Venice, in collaboration with Mare di Carta, organizes the presentation of the book SOS Laguna by Luigi D’Alpaos, Professor Emeritus of Hydraulics at the University of Padua, which will be held Monday, October 21 at 6pm at…

La Nuova Venezia 07.10.19 Tide Forecast and Warning Center of Venice adapts models and signs agreements with two bodies

The collaboration between WahV and the Tide Forecast and Warning Center has been made official. The aim of this cooperation is to facilitate the spread of the Center’s services and the communication of the inevitable uncertainty of forecasts, exacerbated by…

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…

Clear communication around the cruise ships problem in Venice

WahV is satisfied with all the media contacts that have been coming through since the events of the Summer 2019, triggered by evident incapability of the authorities and governing bodies not just in Venice but nationally and globally, to reign…

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…

How was it for you? (2019)

La Biennale di Venezia is a global cultural event which draws the world’s gaze to Venice. How Was It For You? is an investigation into the ways in which the institution serves the interests of the city and its residents.…

Collettivo Barena Bianca

In 2018 WahV began a collaboration with the artist collective Barena Bianca, following their meeting during a workshop at IUAV Visual Arts dept. Barena Primavera-Estate Barena Primavera-Estate was a workshop produced by We are here Venice and curated by the…

Critical care: Architecture and urbanism for a broken planet (2019)

Critical Care. Architecture and urbanism for a broken planet” is a book published by MIT Press and was an exhibition at  Architekturzentrum Wien edited and  curated by Elke Krasny and  Angelika Fitz. The book was reviewed in Architectural Digest. The book contains 21 case studies as well…

Do we know where Venice is going? a conference organized by Confartigianato, Ateneo Veneto, 15.02.2019

At a conference in February 2019 organised by Confartigianato Venezia on the future for artisan activities, the talented oar maker Saverio Pastor (president of the El Felze association) presented a particularly eloquent paper framing the identity and vocation of Venice as a…

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…

The first Artist Residency at the Accademia Galleries, Venice

As conclusion of the artist’s residency, the presentation of Aurale, Brusii per audioguide After three months of his artist residency, Claudio Beorchia presented his works at the Gallerie dell’Accademia on Friday, April 12, and they will be available to the…

Why Venice?

6th December 2018, WahV speaks out regarding the OECD Conference in Venice and appeals to participating institutions to help Venice get a voice as a community. The great and the good have come together today under the auspices of the…

Venezia H20: WahV’s exciting new collaboration with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

WahV is especially delighted to be collaborating with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection under the umbrella of the Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile. We have devised a set of six family workshops with the Guggenheim’s team of educators on the theme…

London restaurant POLPO support We are here Venice

Polpo, the popular London restaurants inspired by Venetian bacari, are hosting an evening of cocktails and cicchetti at their Notting Hill restaurant on 3rd October, with all proceeds from the event going to We are here Venice. London-based supporters can…

Implications and information gaps of the One Belt One Road project

A telephone interview for the Dutch news-site De Correspondent about the giant Chinese infrastructural project One Belt One Road and the implications for Europe brought to mind the work of Saskia Sassen on the concept of The Global City: Introducing…

Video showing the water displacement from a cruise ship prompts widespread reaction

This video, taken in the small harbour behind the Island of San Giorgio, shows the wide-reaching water displacement of a cruise ship leaving Venice as it passes Sant’Elena:   The video was immediately shared over 180 times on Facebook, provoking widespread…

NBC Today filming at the Arsenale

This morning started with NBC Today in the Galleazze Ovest of the Arsenale. An opportunity to show how Venice’s glorious past can mark the way for the future IF the city authorities open the huge redundant spaces for new productive…

Laguna Viva at the V-A-C Foundation

Laguna Viva opens at the V-A-C Foundation’s Palazzo delle Zattere Laguna Viva is integral to the long-term strategy whereby Palazzo delle Zattere engage with the complexities of everyday life in Venice. V-A-C Foundation commissioned London based collective Assemble, who work across the…

Opening of Antigua & Barbuda’s National Pavilion

Students officially thanked by the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda’s inaugural National Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale explores environmental justice as a civil right through an investigation into the acute crisis of climate change.…

Connected – A documentary project on sea level rise

The trailer for Connected, a documentary project on sea level rise, has been released featuring substantial interview material from We are here Venice’s co-founder and Executive Director, Jane da Mosto. Watch the full trailer below: Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp

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Explore our Venice Resource on the Royal Geographical Society Website

The Royal Geographical Society partnered with We are here Venice to produce a Venice module which has now been launched on the Royal Geographical Society’s new website. The resource features videos, fact sheets, podcasts, interviews, activities and lesson plans and…

Beyond artistic display: Art and Law in practice

Moving beyond the sphere of artistic display and exhibition, Venice returns to the forefront of professional development, as illustrated by the series of meetings, ART AND LAW, organised by the Venice Arbitration Chamber. With talks from collectors, museum directors, lawyers and…

Book Launch: Donne come noi

WOMEN LIKE US: 100 STORIES OF ITALIANS WHO HAVE DONE SOMETHING EXCEPTIONAL Donna Moderna, one of Italy’s most popular weekly magazines, are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a book collecting stories of 100 Italian women who, tenaciously, have done something…

Critical research on changes in lagoon circulation

In 2017 a new volume, edited by Luigi D’Alpaos, was released by the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti containing an important study produced with support from WahV. Analysis of historic tide gauge data from the lagoon-wide network of monitoring stations has…

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…

European meeting of the movements for the defense of territories, environmental justice and democracy

We are here Venice, together with the author Amitav Ghosh quoted here, endorses this call by the Comitato No Grandi Navi – Laguna Bene Comune, for the meeting of 23rd September at the Magazzini del Sale, Venice: Here in Venice,…

The mayor of Civitavecchia invites the Government and the mayors of other port cities to intervene for limiting atmospheric emissions

We are here Venice fully shares the following request expressed by Cittadini per l’aria and asks to the local institutions in Venice, like the Port Authority, the Venice Passengers Terminal, the mayor, how they intend to proceed. In this case…

Newsletter Spring 2020

The last few months have seen the challenges facing Venice projected sharply onto the global stage: most recently in the form of Covid-19, preceded by major flooding, governance issues and over-tourism. We hope that Venice will soon return to occupying…

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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…

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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…

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Newsletter 2019

This summer’s newsletter comes in the wake of the MSC Opera cruise ship crash on 2 June, an event which made headlines around the world. Its aftermath brings into sharp focus the excesses of the tourism industry, governance issues surrounding Venice and the environmental…

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Sorry, we are closed: Empty Venice in the early days of the COVID-19/Coronavirus precautionary “lockdown”

These photographs by Eleonora Sovrani expose the eternal beauty of the city as well as the emptiness created by the absence of tourists but also by the remarkable reduction in residents in recent years. On the other hand some of…

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The Sydney Herald 28.02.2020: Venice, birthplace of quarantine, paralysed by disaster that can’t be seen

At WahV, we hope that the situation with coronavirus will lead to radical changes in development of diversified economic activity in Venice. We were contacted by the Sydney Morning Herald to give our viewpoint on the impact of the outbreak.…

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The Guardian 29.02.2020: ‘It’s the last nail in the coffin’: Venice Empties as Coronavirus Spreads

If this is a wake-up call, who is listening? The Guardian's Hannah Roberts got in touch with We are here Venice to explore the impact of coronavirus on tourism in Venice - the city's main industry.

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Financial Times 26.02.2020: Coronavirus Stirs the Waters of Venice

In light of the recent restrictions placed on the city of Venice as a result of a number of coronavirus cases in the city, We are here Venice's Jane da Mosto provided the Financial Times with insight into what needs…

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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…

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France Inter 18.02.2020: Inside MOSE, the dam that’s supposed to save Venice from sinking

Not everyone understands that Venice is a complex collection of islands within a very special and delicate lagoon system. France Inter got in touch with We are here Venice for some insight on the ongoing issues with the dysfunctional MOSE…

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Venice Salt Marshes as a Carbon Sink: Collaborative Workshop January 2020

We are here Venice is working in partnership with glass company Laguna B to reframe the value of protecting and reviving salt marsh in the Venice lagoon, with the aim of using the carbon sequestration properties of the wetlands for…

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CNN 04.02.2020: Is Venice at War with Itself?

The fundamental problem is that Venice is completely different from the rest of the municipality...We need a mayor that can think of Venice 100% of their time. CNN untangles the conflicts arising in Venice due to cruise ships and mass-tourism.…

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Bloomberg Environment 30.01.2020: Venice Lagoon’s Carbon Sink Eyed as Living Climate Lab

Bloomberg environment reports on a developing project which would see the Venetian salt marshes restored under a carbon offsetting scheme. The initiative is being developed in partnership between We are here Venice and Laguna B. Image: Eleonora Sovrani.

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Collaboration with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Internship Programme

This new initiative, in collaboration with the Peggy Guggenheim Collection's internship programme, is supported by Melissa Ulfane with a view to exposing these temporary (and less temporary) citizens to the crucial issues and challenges facing Venice. During the course of…

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BBC World Service 18.01.2020: Hydrogen – the Answer to Climate Change?

The BBC World Service reports on the potential of hydrogen fuel as a clean energy source, with Jane da Mosto providing insight on how it could improve transport within the Venice lagoon.

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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…

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La Nuova Venezia 14.1.20: “Smog in Venice: Something must be done to limit water traffic”

An article written by Jack Wright And Jane da Mosto has been published in local Venetian newspaper La Nuova Venezia. The piece underlines the link between local air pollution and global climate change, as well as signalling the irony of…

read more

RAI 16.12.2019 High Tide – Report

Italian national broadcaster RAI has explored the causes and impact of high tides in Venice, featuring an interview with Jane da Mosto.  

read more

Polpo London: Christmas Campaign for Venice

The Polpo restaurants in London have chosen We are here Venice as the charity to benefit from their Christmas fundraising campaign and will be generously collecting money from their diners to support our work here in Venice throughout December. Please…

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Associated Press 07.12.2019: Venice tide barriers pass another test but sceptics remain

“One has to realize the kind of existential question that that serious flooding has given rise to. People are asking: will Venice be defendable against these kinds of episodes?’’ The Associated Press have shone a light on the apparently never-ending…

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Pellestrina Appeal

We are here Venice is collaborating with Palazzo Polignac to raise funds for the community of Pellestrina. Palazzo Polignac, which hosts cultural and musical events, held a fundraising concert on the 8th of December. You can help the people of…

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Culture Trip 11.12.2019: Venice Might Be Overcrowded, But You Can Still Be a Responsible Tourist

Culture Trip got in touch with us to explore the ways in which tourists can best support Venice when they visit.

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Le Devoir 30.11.2019: “Is Venice Doomed?”

Canadian journal Le Devoir has featured our work in a special series on rising water levels, with the first issue focusing on the disastrous flooding in Venice. The article, written in French, has been translated into English below. “I’d love…

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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…

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The Independent 22.11.2019: ‘Fears for Venice run far deeper than the flood waters’ and further coverage of ongoing flooding

'A mayor looking after just Venice would have more time to dedicate to the things that really matter to the city...we can't change natural phenomena but we can change what we do about them.' Further flooding in Venice has attracted…

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RAI 26.11.2019: We are here Venice: the Science of Looking After the City

WahV co-founder Jane da Mosto was interviewed by Italian national broadcaster RAI about the causes of the floods of November 2019 and our campaign to raise awareness about the degradation of the city's ecosystem.  

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CBC radio 14.11.2019: Venice needs new governance system to prevent future floods and other coverage of the disastrous flooding of November 2019

"There's no local administration that just thinks about the specificities of Venice and how best to look after it." We are here Venice has been featured by the Canadian broadcaster CBC , as extreme flooding in Venice makes headlines around the…

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BBC World Service report 13.11.2019: Extreme Flooding in Venice

Interviewed on the BBC World Service on 13.11.2019 about the dramatic flooding of the city. Water levels reached 1.87cm, the highest level since the devastating flood of 1966. The above image shows how quickly water levels rose up and fell again, measured…

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The Times 05.11.2019: “Venetians win right to vote on autonomy from the mainland”

“Only a mayor totally focused on this city can save it from over-tourism and consequent depopulation” - Jane da Mosto, WahV Co-Founder and Executive Director. British national newspaper The Times has reported on the upcoming referendum on refining the administration…

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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.…

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Ethics and Digitalisation Conference 28.10.2019

Jane da Mosto spoke at a conference on Ethics and Digitalisation, held on the island of San Servolo in Venice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za_M1ToA3q0

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Presentation of the book “SOS Laguna” by Luigi D’Alpaos at the Church of San Lorenzo

We are here Venice, in collaboration with Mare di Carta, organizes the presentation of the book SOS Laguna by Luigi D'Alpaos, Professor Emeritus of Hydraulics at the University of Padua, which will be held Monday, October 21 at 6pm at…

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La Nuova Venezia 07.10.19 Tide Forecast and Warning Center of Venice adapts models and signs agreements with two bodies

The collaboration between WahV and the Tide Forecast and Warning Center has been made official. The aim of this cooperation is to facilitate the spread of the Center's services and the communication of the inevitable uncertainty of forecasts, exacerbated by…

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Partnership with the Tide Forecast and Warning Center of Venice

We are here Venice is cooperating with the Tide Forecast and Warning Center of Venice in order to facilitate the spread of its services and the communication of the inevitable uncertainty of forecasts, exacerbated by the effect of climate change,…

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La Nuova Venezia 03.10.2019 “Cruise passengers more polluting than the Venetians” Campaign against passengers on large cruise ships

As a cruise passenger your energy consumption and waste production are several times higher than those of a resident The new poster of the WahV campaign is reported on the front page of La Nuova Venezia, drawing attention to the…

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The Local 27.09.2019 ‘Venice is dying’: Residents to vote on whether to split city in half

On December 1st Venetians will head to the polls to decide whether they want the historic and ‘floating’ centre of the city to literally break away from its more populated boroughs on the mainland, a vote brought on by the…

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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…

read more

Clear communication around the cruise ships problem in Venice

WahV is satisfied with all the media contacts that have been coming through since the events of the Summer 2019, triggered by evident incapability of the authorities and governing bodies not just in Venice but nationally and globally, to reign…

read more

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…

read more

Ceramic rewiew 08/09.2019 Ceramics and environmental activism: Laguna Viva

Colin Martin visits the permanent encaustic tile installation at the V-A-C Foundation in Venice, to discover more about the background of the tiles and their manufacture in Liverpool The article speaks about the collaboration between Assemble and WahV and the…

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Skift 19.08.2019 Venice’s Big Money Conundrum to Solving Its Cruise Ship Crisis

Venice’s struggle to deal with oversize cruise ships is constantly in the headlines, but beware of anyone claiming a solution has been reached — the situation is beset with complications of almost every kind. Jane da Mosto pointed out that…

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CNN Travel 16.08.2019 Is the cruise industry responsible for overtourism?

At each spot, you spend anywhere from a few hours to a day. Sometimes you don't even get off the boat. When you do, you're part of crowds of tourists, battling to see the views, scrambling to admire the sites.…

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Der Spiegel 11.08.2019 Umweltexpertin zu Venedig “Die Schiffe müssen kleiner werden”

"The ships must become smaller" New ideas on a scientific basis: The environmental expert Jane da Mosto fights for the protection of Venice. She criticises that the old town is being squeezed out "like a lemon" for ship tourism. There…

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The Local 10.08.2019 No, Venice hasn’t just banned cruise ships from its lagoon

It's been widely reported that Venice will be “banning” cruise ships starting next month. Here's why that's not actually happening - and why it wouldn't solve Venice's problems. There is no official ban for cruise ships, yet; anyway to move…

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Financial Times 08.08.2019 Venice to give cruise ships a wide berth

Moving the traffic of large cruise ships out of the Giudecca Canal is not a sufficient solution to safeguard Venice and the lagoon ecosystem. The only possible alternative is to admit only smaller, cleaner and more sustainable ships to the…

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BBC radio 4 23.07.2019 radio interview

Jane da Mosto is interviewed together with Justin Francis, CEO of Responsible Travel, at BBC radio 4 Today about the decision to fine two German tourists in Venice for reasons of decency. Jane da Mosto explains why this decision is…

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Monopol 09.07.2019 Nearly accident in Venice – Collateral event

Once again, the catastrophe in Venice was nearly reached because of a cruise ship. Even more than the Art Biennale, in the lagoon city the gigantic cruise ships are the symbol of man's insatiable and destructive greed. We are here…

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BBC Scotland 09.07.2019 radio interview

Jane da Mosto speaks on BBC Scotland  Radio after a Costa cruise left the Venice port during a storm and risked hitting the bank near Giardini on 7th July 2019. Here you can listen to the interview (min 55:00). The…

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