Global travel website, Big 7 Travel, ranked Maldives third on its list of 'Top 10 Endangered Destinations to Visit in 2020'.
The listing, publicised at the end of last week, featured a total of 50 choice locations around the world deemed in danger of destruction due to over-tourism, unrest and conflict, and environmental challenges such as climate change.
Big 7 Travel highlighted the current and potential future dangers faced by Maldives due to climate change, in the list which was topped by the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, followed by the Everglades National Park in the United States.
Top 10 endangered destinations to visit in 2020, as ranked by Big 7 Travel:
1. The Great Barrier Reef – Australia
2. The Everglades National Park – Florida, USA
3. The Maldives
4. Venice Canals – Venice, Italy
5. Taj Mahal – Agra, India
6. Amazon Rainforest – Brazil
7. The Dead Sea – Jordan & Israel
8. Komodo Island – Indonesia
9. The Pyramids Of Giza – Egypt
10. Stadium at Olympia – Olympia, Greece
The travel website urged travellers to make a conscious effort towards the salvation of endangered destinations, advising to reduce impact as much as possible and donate to local charities and organisations.
As one of the lowest lying island nations and most vulnerable to the impacts of global warming and rising sea levels, Maldives is on the front lines in the fight against climate change, advocating at the top level on international arenas to seek solutions.
Most recently, Maldives launched its First Biennial Update Report (BUR) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which details the latest data on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, mitigation efforts and the global financial assistance within the field of climate change.