Zurich/Switzerland: Komodo Island has been confirmed officially as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Making the announcement, Bernard Weber, Founder-President of New7Wonders, congratulated the people of Indonesia and the fans of Komodo Island in the world for so enthusiastically backing this Finalist in the global voting campaign.
“The success of Komodo Island, the home of the Komodo dragon, is an inspiring example of what can be done to safeguard terrestrial and marine life forms that are extremely vulnerable to changes in climate and the impact of human development,” said Bernard Weber. “By voting for it in such large numbers, the supporters of Komodo Island everywhere have expressed pride in their natural heritage, which is part of the great mosaic that is the world.”
“We are happy and proud of this announcement that Komodo is now confirmed,” said Komodo Island campaign leader Emmy Hafild. “We are now preparing and planning for the Official Inauguration events in Jakarta and on Komodo Island, whose dates will be announced in the coming weeks.”
New7Wonders will work with the Indonesian authorities and Komodo supporters to evolve a sustainable development strategy that balances the needs of the Komodo habitat and its people with the vital task of defending the park’s ecological integrity. The concept of sustainable tourism will be one of the main agenda themes at the first-ever New7Wonders of Nature Congress in Igauzu, Argentina, on 27 May.
In alphabetical order, the confirmed and provisional New7Wonders of Nature are: Amazon, Ha Long Bay, Iguazu Falls, Jeju Island, Komodo Island, Puerto Princesa Underground River and Table Mountain.