The Seven Wonders of Nature is a campaign to select the world’s new seven wonders of nature through a global poll. The campaign is the brainchild of Swiss museum curator, pilot and explorer Bernard Weber.
The campaign, held by the New Open World Foundation in cooperation with The United Nations Office for Partnerships, aims at promoting cultural diversity by supporting, preserving, and restoring the world’s natural sites. The selection of the world’s seven wonders is expected to increase the public’s appreciation of the natural richness of in their country.
People around the globe are invited to determine the candidates’ ranking in a series of global voting campaigns held by the Switzerland-based nonprofit international foundation during the period of 2009-2011.
The New Open World Foundation and The United Nations Office for Partnerships open the registration for the competition until December 21, 2009. Nominees are defined as natural sites that are neither man-made nor have been significantly altered by humans for aesthetic reasons. Unique beauty, diversity, ecological significance, historical legacy, and geo-location are the other criteria for candidacy.
In the initial phase of selection, people could directly cast their vote at http://www.new7wonders.com. The first global polling lasted until July 7, 2009, and named 266 sites to be short-listed to 77 semifinalists.
In the second phase, the New Seven Wonders Panel of Experts chaired by former Director-General of UNESCO Professor Frederico Mayor visited the 77 semifinalists, picked 28 finalists, and announced the result globally on July 21, 2009. The Panel of Experts did not rank the 77 semifinalists and only listed them alphabetically.
The twenty-eight finalists will compete in the third phase of the race to become the seven wonders of nature. Unlike in the first phase when people could vote via the Internet, in this third and last phase, people could vote via the Internet, international phone call, and SMS. The Official Declaration of the New7Wonders of Nature will be made on December 31, 2011.
Complete information about the New Seven Wonders of Nature is available at:
About Komodo National Park
The Komodo National Park (TNK) reached the final selection with the other 27 finalists. The park is a world heritage site and the only natural habitat of the world’s largest lizard.
The Komodo National Park successfully eliminated around 440 nominees from 220 countries.
The Ministry of Culture & Tourism has launched a national campaign to encourage Indonesians to vote online. PT. Putri Naga Komodo will work closely with the government during the campaign. Last month it produced a 30-second VOTEKOMODO TV commercial aired on national TV stations. It is currently producing a video clip for the campaign theme song, Komodoku.
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