In October 2015, a joint UNESCO/ICOMOS/RAMSAR reactive monitoring mission will take place to the World Heritage site "Venice and its lagoon”(Italy), as requested by the World Heritage Committee to assess current conditions at the property.

The World Heritage property of Venice and its lagoon was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1987. The UNESCO World Heritage Centre closely follows the state of conservation of the property in collaboration with the Italian authorities.

The World Heritage Committee, at its 38th session in 2014, reviewed the state of conservation of the property. The Committee’s Decision 38 COM 7B.27 regarding “Venice and its lagoon” is available on the UNESCO website at the following link:

In line with this Committee decision, the objective of the monitoring mission is to review the overall state of conservation of all components of the property as well as progress in the implementation of the Committee’s decision. The mission should also review if the property is faced with threats which could have deleterious effects on its inherent characteristics and meets the criteria for its inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger in line with Paragraph 179 of the Operational Guidelines. The mission will provide a report that sets out recommendations for examination by the World Heritage Committee.

The state of conservation of this property based on the mission’s findings will be reviewed by the World Heritage Committee at its 40th session in 2016.