New7Wonders of Nature

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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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Current winners[edit]

Due to the nature of the voting system in New7Wonders of Nature, it is possible that one or more of the following will change after the next voting session.

Site Country Image
Amazon Rainforest and River  Bolivia,  Brazil,  Colombia,  Ecuador,  France (French Guiana),  Guyana,  Peru,  Suriname,  Venezuela 7 - Itahuania - Août 2008.JPG
Jeju Island  South Korea Jungmun Daepo Columnar Joints with waves crashing.jpg
Halong Bay  Vietnam Ha long bay.jpg
Iguazú / Iguaçu Falls (National Park)  Argentina,  Brazil Iguazu Décembre 2007 - Panorama 4.jpg
Puerto Princesa Underground River  Philippines Puerto Princesa Underground River.jpg
Komodo Island (National Park)  Indonesia KomodoDragonRinca1.jpg
Table Mountain (National Park)  South Africa View from Signal Hill.jpg

Other finalists[edit]

Site Country Image
Bu Tinah Shoals  United Arab Emirates Aerial-View-of-Bu-Tinah-Island.jpg
Dead Sea  Jordan,  Israel Dead Sea by David Shankbone.jpg
Great Barrier Reef  Australia Part of Great Barrier Reef from Helecopter.JPG
Jeita Grotto  Lebanon Jeitag2.jpg
Kilimanjaro (National Park)  Tanzania Mount Kilimanjaro.jpg
Masurian Lake District  Poland Mikolajki jezioro mikolajskie.jpg
Sundarbans  Bangladesh,  India Sundarbans 02.jpg
Maldives  Maldives 405-Maldives.jpg

The 28 finalists[edit]

Site Country Image
Angel Falls  Venezuela Salto Angel from Raton.JPG
Bay of Fundy (National Park)  Canada BayofFundy.JPG
Black Forest  Germany Schwarzwald 1.jpg
Cliffs of Moher  Ireland Cliffs of Moher, looking north.jpg
El Yunque  Puerto Rico  United States Pico El Yunque.jpg
Galapagos Islands (National Park)  Ecuador Galapagos iguana1.jpg
Grand Canyon (National Park)  United States Grand Canyon NP-Arizona-USA.jpg
Matterhorn / Cervino  Italy,   Switzerland Matterhorn-EastAndNorthside-viewedFromZermatt landscapeformat-2.jpg
Milford Sound  New Zealand Milford Sound at Sunset.jpg
Mud Volcanoes  Azerbaijan Gobustan State Reserve 05.png
Uluru (National Park)  Australia Uluru sunset1141.jpg
Vesuvius (National Park)  Italy Naplesbay01.jpg
Yushan (National Park)  Taiwan Mount Yu Shan - Taiwan.jpg

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