State of Conservation (SOC)
Simien National Park (1985)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:149,671USD
|1982||Expert service and financial contribution for a seminar/workshop ...||21,000 USD|
|1982||In situ training of wardens of Simien National Park||9,691 USD|
|1981||Equipment for Simien National Park||113,450 USD|
|1979||Joint mission to prepare a technical cooperation request for ...||5,530 USD|
|1978||Simien: request for equipment and specialists services||0 USD|
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Presence of armed groups
Current conservation issues
The management plan for this park, which resulted from a workshop supported by the World Heritage Fund, had been
However, the situation described by IUCN at the 8th session of the Committee in 1984 had not developed further and no further information had been obtained.
Link to the decision
Simen National Park, Ethiopia: The management plan for this park, which resulted from a workshop supported by the World Heritage Fund, had been finalised. However, the situation described by IUCN at the 8th session of the Committee in 1984 had not developed further and no further information had been obtained.
No draft decision proposed
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Inscription on the Danger ListYear: 1996
Threats to the Site:
The World Heritage Committee decided to inscribe the Simien National Park on the List of World Heritage in Danger due to evidence of recent deterioration of the population of the Walia ibex, which have moved out of the park due to human presence and to cultivation of considerable areas of the Park. Other large mammals characteristic of the site, such as the bushbuck and the bushpig have become extremely rare.
Road construction and human population increase within the site represent further threats to the values of the Park, which was one of the first sites to be inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1978.
The decision to inscribe this site on the List of World Heritage in Danger had however, not met the approval of the regional authorities in Bahir Dar, where the site is located. Efforts are thus being made by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks of Ethiopia and the UNESCO Office in Addis Ababa to provide more information to the regional authorities on the meaning and implications of the Committee's decision and encourage them to view it in a positive light.
The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).