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World’s Most Precious Destinations on the Verge of Disappearance (Vacation Ideas)

By 2030 we could witness the disappearance of

Habitats of African lions

African lions are on the verge of extinction. In the last 50 years, their numbers in the wild has decreased from 450,000 to just 40,000, a drop of about 90 percent. The main culprit is the man. Some experts estimate that they could become extinct in only 20 years.

01-Lions_Habitat  via Flickr, by Rexness, license CC BY-SA 2.0

The Alps, amazing Vacation ideas

The increased carbon dioxide emissions are causing the melting of glaciers in the Alps, and experts think that most of them could disappear by the year 2030. In some areas of the 965 km mountain range glaciers shrink by three per cent each year. Alps are home to 30,000 animal and 13,000 plant species. The European program for the Alps at the World Wildlife Foundation is dedicated to preserving the biodiversity of the area.

The Amazon

If we keep the current trends for deforestation, 55 percent of the Amazonian vegetation could disappear by the year 2030. The primary culprits are illegal loggers, the expansion of agricultural land and climate change. Rainforests are inhabited by 30 million people.

02-Amazon  via Flickr, by CIFOR, license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Tropic of Ecuador travel agency organizes visits of the Huaorani, an indigenous tribe whose members can show you how to climb a tree, ride a kayak and draw the face, which is a great vacation ideas for all the enthusiast that want to enjoy something new and something out if the ordinary.

By 2020 we could witness the disappearance of

Virunga Park, DR Congo, amazing vacation ideas

The oldest national park in Africa, established in 1925, occupies nearly eight thousand square kilometers and includes savannas, swamps and ice fields. It also has the highest biodiversity in relation to any other park in Africa with 2.000 plant species, 706 species of birds and 2.018 species of mammalsVirunga’s existence has been endangered in the last 20 years due to habitat destruction and animal slaughter, but also because of tribal wars.

05-Virunga_National_park_Rwanda  via Flickr, by Joseph King, license CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The park is located on the border with Rwanda and the rebel Rwandan army operates frequently on the park’s grounds, which means that more than 140 rangers have been killed on duty since in 1996. If the condition persists, Virunga could disappear in 10 years. If you want to help, you can send donations directly to the Park. All the money will go to protect mountain gorillas (you can even choose specific individual or a family).

The Great Coral Reef, Australia

The largest coral reef in the world that extends to even 2,300 kilometers could be gone in 100 years. The coverage of corals has declined by half in the last 50 years, and the whole reef has only 50 per cent chance of survival, if carbon dioxide is not reduced by 25 percent by 2020. When the ocean temperatures rise, it will damage more than 2,900 coral reefs and affect 1,500 species of fish, 134 species of sharks and rays, and 30 species of marine mammals.

03-The_Great_Coral_Reef  via Flickr, by Kyle Taylor, license CC BY 2.0

Any moment now we could witness the disappearance of

Machu Picchu, Peru

UNESCO declared the situation with Machu Picchu as “urgent”, and the biggest threat to the ancient abandoned city built in 1450 are the unscrupulous tourists. Last year, the place was visited by a million people, which is 30 percent more than in 2010. As more and more travelers are coming to the nearby towns of Aguas Calientes, the fragile land prone to erosion threatens to create landslides and endanger the powerful remnants of residence Pachacuti, the prominent ruler of the Incas in the 15th century.

Machu Picchu, Peru, 2,450m  via Flickr, by Pedro Szekely, license CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

 

As if the irony couldn’t be greater, Peru’s economy depends on tourism – 175,000 locals live of Machu Picchu, and the income from visits to the sites accounts for 90% of total tourism earnings of the country. When in 2010 the site was closed for two months due to heavy rains and floods, it was estimated that Peru was losing about $ 200 million.

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