Discover Amazing Places Saved From Destruction
Overtourism, climate change, human development, and nature all pose ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛs to some of the world’s most spectacular views, but it’s not all doom and gloom. Thanks to historical organizations, government action, crowdsourcing, and community activism, many beautiful places and monuments have been saved from destruction and preserved for future generations. Despite everything, there are few special locations that have survived.
Rubjerg Kɴᴜᴅᴇ Lighthouse, North Jutland, Dᴇɴᴍᴀʀᴋ
This old lighthouse on a sand dune on the northern Danish coast, built in 1900, appeared to be on its way to falling into the North Sea. The cliff upon which the lighthouse stood had been eaten away by the wind, seas, and sand for decades. The lighthouse used to be 660 feet (200 meters) from the sea, but erosion has reduced it to just a few paces away.
Franklin River, Tasmania, Aᴜsᴛʀᴀʟɪᴀ
Tasmania is known for its temperate rainforests and untamed rivers, but they were under significant ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛ in the 1970s. Flooding portion of the Franklin River to build a dam would have ᴅᴇsᴛʀᴏʏed some of the river’s native woodland and reduced important wildlife habitats. The initiative sparked widespread opposition, resulting in years of debate. Incoming Prime Minister Bob Hawke promised to demolish the dam in 1983. The Western Tasmanian Wilderness National Parks were included to the World Heritage List in 1982 by the World Heritage Committee; the area covered was later expanded.
Sirius Building, Sydney
After a successful preservation ғɪɢʜᴛ, a Sydney landmark narrowly avoided demolition. Redevelopment ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛened the Sirius building, a 1970s public housing project in Millers Point. In 2018, the Brutalist icon was added to the World Monuments Watch list, and a public effort was initiated to rescue it and have it designated as a historic site. Despite the fact that the status was denied, the state administration declared in 2019 that Sirius would be renovated rather than razed. These amazing landmarks are in jeopardy of being ʟᴏsᴛ forever.
Bᴇʟɪᴢᴇ Barrier Reef, Bᴇʟɪᴢᴇ
The Bᴇʟɪᴢᴇ Barrier Reef is the world’s second biggest barrier reef system, located off Bᴇʟɪᴢᴇ’s Caribbean coast. The reef and its atolls are surrounded by hundreds of mangrove cays and sandy islands, which are home to ᴇɴᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀed animals including marine turtles, manatees, and the American marine crocodile, as well as spectacular corals. However, due to permanent ᴅᴀᴍᴀɢᴇ caused by damaging coastal building and oil exploration, the UNESCO World Heritage site has been on the In Danger list for almost a decade.
Mount Kᴇɴʏᴀ National Park/Natural Forest, Kᴇɴʏᴀ
Mount Kᴇɴʏᴀ, Africa’s second tallest peak, is a spectacular extinct volcano. The national park has a high biodiversity due to its forested middle slopes, lower lying foothills, and adjacent savannahs. It also lies on the African elephant population’s migration route. After local officials resolved severe concerns about illegal logging and ᴍᴀʀɪᴊᴜᴀɴᴀ growing, UNESCO inscribed the park in 1997. Increased patrols, community awareness campaigns, and forest guard training improved the site’s management and integrity.
Maya Bay, Tʜᴀɪʟᴀɴᴅ
In 2018, Tʜᴀɪʟᴀɴᴅ’s government made a historic move to ᴄʟᴏsᴇ one of its most popular beaches. After appearing in Danny Boyle’s 2000 film adaptation of Alex Garland’s novel The Beach, idyllic Maya Bay in the Phi Phi Islands turned from a calm and pristine beach to a world-famous icon. At its peak, 5,000 to 6,000 people visited the beaches every day, and pollution from tourism is thought to have ᴅᴇsᴛʀᴏʏed 80 percent of the bay’s coral. Discover more natural wonders on the verge of extinction.