A provisional selection of the so called new seven wonders of the natural world was compiled after worldwide voting on the subject ended Friday. Costa Rica’s Coco Island had made it into the top 77 nominees but was vetted out when that list was narrowed down to 28.
The organization’s Web site, New7Wonders, states the winners were chosen by worldwide voters via the Internet or text. The final votes are still being verified and the official selection ceremony will take place during early 2012.
The campaign to find new natural wonders of the world was started several years ago by a private entrepreneur, Bernard Weber, running a non-profit operation in Switzerland. But after the final list was revealed days ago, controversy erupted with officials from several countries claiming the organization used extortion in an attempt to essentially sell the top spots.
When the natural wonders contest began in 2007, the U. N. Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization distanced itself from the organization. Agency members also disagreed with the voting scheme.
“The list of the ‘7 New Wonders of the World’ will be the result of a private undertaking, reflecting only the opinions of those with access to the Internet and not the entire world,” a press release on UNESCO website says. “There is no comparison between Mr Weber’s mediatised campaign and the scientific and educational work resulting from the inscription of sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.”
Tourism officials declined to comment on the final selection of the New7Wonders campaign.
But around the same time UNESCO’s statement was released, Costa Ricans took it into their own hands to select their own seven national wonders. The survey was conducted by the leading newspaper La Nación and includes some of the more favorable spots sought out by global tourists and nationals alike.
The campaign had previously selected seven wonders of the ancient world. Currently, the New7Wonders organization is conducting voting for the seven top cities in the world.
Costa Rica’s seven wonders
Isla del Coco
New Seven Wonders
The Amazon, South America
Table Mountain, South Africa
Jeju Island, South Korea
Halong Bay, Vietnam
Puerto Princesa underground river, The Philippines
Iguazu Falls, between Brazil and Argentina.