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New7Wonders of Nature

A map indicating the location of the 28 finalists (red dots) and the 42 other candidates currently on the reserve list (black dots).

New7Wonders of Nature (2007–2011) was an initiative started in 2007 to create a list of seven natural wonders chosen by people through a global poll. It was led by Canadian-Swiss Bernard Weber[1] and organized by the New7Wonders Foundation,[2] a Swiss-based foundation. The initiative followed an earlier New7Wonders of the World campaign, and attracted 100 million votes from around the world before voting finished on November 11, 2011.[3]

Stages of the campaign

The New7Wonders of Nature campaign started in 2007, immediately after the campaign to elect the man-made New7Wonders of the World, in which more than 100 million votes were cast. From over 440 participants representing over 220 countries and through a national qualification and race to become one of the Top 77, as well as the recommendations of the Panel of Experts led by Prof. Federico Mayor, the list of 28 "Official Finalist Candidates" was determined. Voting until November 2011, during which time the New7Wonders World Tour planned to visit each of the finalists to allow them to present themselves to the voters across the globe.

Criticisms

Indonesia's Vice-Minister for Tourism said the company running the New7Wonders campaign used underhanded tactics, threatening to remove Indonesia's Komodo National Park from the list if Indonesia refused to host a declaration ceremony for $35m.[4] Nothing in the New7Wonders voting procedure prohibited repetitive voting, making the results subject to government and tourism industry campaigns to vote often for local sites with the financial incentive of increased tourism. Although New7Wonders is a non-profit organization that under Swiss law has absolutely no disclosure of accounts, many activities related to administering voting and other logistical duties are run by the for-profit organization New Open World Corporation.

Winners

Site Country Image
Amazon Rainforest and River  Bolivia,  Brazil,  Colombia,  Ecuador,  France (French Guiana),  Guyana,  Peru,  Suriname,  Venezuela
Jeju Island  South Korea
Halong Bay  Vietnam
Iguazú / Iguaçu Falls (National Park)  Argentina,  Brazil
Puerto Princesa Underground River  Philippines
Komodo Island (National Park)  Indonesia
Table Mountain (National Park)  South Africa

Other finalists

Site Country Image
Bu Tinah Shoals  United Arab Emirates
Dead Sea  Jordan,  Israel
Great Barrier Reef  Australia
Jeita Grotto  Lebanon
Kilimanjaro (National Park)  Tanzania
Masurian Lake District  Poland
Sundarbans  Bangladesh,  India
Maldives  Maldives

The 28 finalists

Site Country Image
Angel Falls  Venezuela
Bay of Fundy (National Park)  Canada
Black Forest  Germany
Cliffs of Moher  Ireland
El Yunque  Puerto Rico  United States
Galapagos Islands (National Park)  Ecuador
Grand Canyon (National Park)  United States
Matterhorn / Cervino  Italy,   Switzerland
Milford Sound  New Zealand
Mud Volcanoes  Azerbaijan
Uluru (National Park)  Australia
Vesuvius (National Park)  Italy
Yushan (National Park)  Taiwan

See also

References

  1. ^ The project founder Bernard Weber - A Short History
  2. ^ The New7Wonders Foundation & Campaign
  3. ^ Voting procedure for the New7Wonders of Nature
  4. ^ aljazeera.com, Controversy mars Seven Wonders of Nature list

External links

  • New 7 Wonders website
  • where travel expert Loren Christie explains the voting procedureCanada AMTV segment on
  • 28 semi-finalists Wonders of Nature
  • - PhotosVídeo
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