New 7 Wonders of Nature

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New 7 Wonders 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 New 7 Wonders Foundation,[3] a Swiss-based foundation which Weber founded. The initiative followed an earlier New 7 Wonders of the World campaign, and attracted 100 million votes from around the world before voting finished on November 11, 2011.[4]

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

Stages of the campaign Edit

Plaque at Table Mountain

The New 7 Wonders of Nature campaign started in 2007, immediately after the campaign to elect the man-made New 7 Wonders 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 New 7 Wonders World Tour planned to visit each of the finalists to allow them to present themselves to the voters across the globe.[5]

Criticisms Edit

Indonesia's Vice-Minister for Tourism said the company running the New 7 Wonders 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.[6] Nothing in the New 7 Wonders 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 New 7 Wonders 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 New 7 Wonders of Nature in a worldwide poll. The payments estimated to be about 20 billion won ($17 million).[7]

Winners Edit

Site(s) Country/Countries Image
Amazon Rainforest and River   Brazil,   Bolivia   Colombia,   Ecuador,   French Guiana (France),   Guyana,   Peru,   Suriname,   Venezuela  
Hạ Long 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  

Finalists Edit

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  
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  

Top 77[8] Edit

Site Country
Al-hasa Oasis   Saudi Arabia
Askania-Nova   Ukraine
Atacama Desert   Chile
Azure Window   Malta
Belogradchik Rocks   Bulgaria
Bialowieza Forest   Belarus/   Poland
Chicamocha Canyon   Colombia
Christmas Island   Christmas Island
Coatepeque Lake   El Salvador
Cocos Island   Costa Rica
Colca Canyon   Peru
Conchi   Aruba
Cox's Bazar   Bangladesh
Dean's Blue Hole   Bahamas
Djavolja Varos   Serbia
Douro River   Portugal
Eisriesenwelt   Austria
Fernando de Noronha   Brazil
Han-Sur-Lesse   Belgium
Kaieteur Falls   Guyana
Kaziranga National Park   India
Laguna Colorada   Bolivia
Lake Atitlan   Guatemala
Lake Bled   Slovenia
Lake Ohrid   Albania/   Macedonia (North Macedonia)
Lake Saiful Maluk   Pakistan
Lake Saimaa   Finland
Lake Titicaca   Bolivia/   Peru
Mount Olympus   Greece
Norfolk Island (National Park)   Norfolk Island
Ometepe Island   Nicaragua
Platano Forest   Honduras
Pravcice Gate   Czech Republic
Retezat (National Park)   Romania
Rock of Aphrodite   Cyprus
Sinharaja Rainforest   Sri Lanka
Sipadan Island   Malaysia
Sossusvlei   Namibia
Štrbské Pleso Lake   Slovakia
Sumidero Canyon   Mexico
Thy National Park   Denmark
Vrelo Caves   Macedonia (North Macedonia)
Wadi Rum   Jordan

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ "The project founder Bernard Weber - A Short History - World of New7Wonders". World of New7Wonders. Archived from the original on 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  2. ^ "The project founder". About New7Wonders. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  3. ^ "Learn about New 7 Wonders". World of New 7 Wonders.
  4. ^ "Voting procedure". World of New7Wonders. Archived from the original on 2013-03-31.
  5. ^ The top 77
  6. ^ "Controversy mars Seven Wonders of Nature list".
  7. ^ "Jeju defers payment of phone bills for seven wonders". The Korea Times. December 14, 2011.
  8. ^ "Top77: New7Wonders of Nature". New7Wonders of Nature. Retrieved 2021-09-28.

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