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 the second in a series of Internet-based polls led by Swiss-born Canadian Bernard Weber[1][2] and organized by the New7Wonders Foundation,[3] a Swiss-based foundation which Weber founded. 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.[4]

Stages of the campaignEdit

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.

CriticismsEdit

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.[5] 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 US 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.

In South Korea, over the past four years, millions of Koreans and non-Koreans at home and abroad were encouraged by the central and Jeju provincial governments to make phone calls to vote and help the island win the designation. Employees of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province of South Korea made hundreds of millions of international phone calls to ensure Jeju island was selected as one of the New7Wonders of Nature in a worldwide poll. The payments estimated to be about 20 billion won ($17 million).[clarification needed][6]

WinnersEdit

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

Other finalistsEdit

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  
Angel Falls   Venezuela  
Bay of Fundy (National Park)   Canada  
Black Forest   Germany  
Cliffs of Moher   Ireland  
El Yunque   Puerto Rico  
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 alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The project founder Bernard Weber - A Short History - World of New7Wonders". World of New7Wonders.
  2. ^ "The project founder". About New7Wonders. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  3. ^ "Learn about New7Wonders". World of New7Wonders.
  4. ^ "Voting procedure". World of New7Wonders. Archived from the original on 2013-03-31.
  5. ^ "Controversy mars Seven Wonders of Nature list". aljazeera.com.
  6. ^ "Jeju defers payment of phone bills for seven wonders". The Korea Times. December 14, 2011.

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