Maldives to campaign for "New7Wonders of Nature"

Friday, 9 October 2009 13:53

Maldivian Vice President Mohamed Waheed on Thursday officially started government offices' voting campaign for the Maldives in its bid to become one of the New7Wonders of the Nature.

Waheed said at a function held at the President's Office in Male that making the Maldives to the list of New7Wonders of Nature was linked to the long-term survivability of the Maldives, according to a statement issued on the official website of the President's Office.

The vice president said becoming one of the seven wonders of nature will draw the world's attention and interest to the country, as well as enhance the country's popularity as a tourist destination.

The cabinet decided on Tuesday to pull its weight to garner votes for the Maldives in the New7Wonders of Nature competition.

The Maldives, which is famous for its natural beauty, is one of the most ecologically vulnerable countries in the world.

Scientists warned that the country would be rendered almost entirely uninhabitable by a rise in sea levels of one meter.

Its effort to become one of the new seven wonders of nature therefore is a global climate-change "consciousness-raising" exercise, officials said.

New7Wonders of Nature is a contemporary effort to create a list of seven natural wonders chosen by people through a global poll.

It is being organized by the New7Wonders Foundation, a Swiss-based, government-controlled foundation.


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