Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Venice braces for climate change

Dizery Salim in the UN International Strategy for Risk Reduction News: It's one of the world's greatest cultural attractions. About 20 million tourists pour through its streets each year and travel its waterways. Venice, Italy, sits at sea level, and any changes in the mean sea level leaves the city open to floods, endangering the artistic and cultural heritage of this 1,000-year old UNESCO world heritage site.

“We were forced in some sense to develop particular care for cultural heritage protection. For this, we were recognized by UNISDR as a role model for the other cities,” said Pierpaolo Campostrini, Managing Director of the CORILA research centre in Venice, and the city’s focal point for UNISDR’s “Making Cities Resilient” campaign.

“The problems of Venice may seem to be peculiar to this city alone. But in some sense, it is a problem relating to climate change and the increase in sea level rise.” ...

Venice from the air, shot by Oliver-Bonjoch, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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