Committee Decisions

36 COM 7A.9

Simien National Park (Ethiopia) (N 9)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.   Having examined Document WHC-12/36.COM/7A,

2.   Recalling Decision 35 COM 7A.9 , adopted at its 35th session (UNESCO, 2011),

3.   Commends the State Party for the reported efforts to strengthen the management effectiveness of the property as well as progress in the implementation of several recommendations on previous monitoring missions as well as the reported significant increases in populations of the endangered Walia ibex and Ethiopian wolf but notes that progress should continue to be made to resolve the core issues affecting the long-term ecological integrity of the property, namely the unsustainable levels of grazing by domestic stock and the pressures of cultivation and resource use arising from a large number of settlements inside the property;

4.   Reiterates its request to the State Party to organize the donor conference as soon as possible in order to mobilize the additional funding necessary to implement key outstanding corrective measures, in particular the grazing pressure reduction strategy and alternative livelihoods strategies;

5.   Reiterates its call to the International Community to financially support the implementation of these strategies;

6.   Urges the State Party to continue its efforts to implement the three remaining outstanding corrective measures, in particular:

a)  finalize the gazettement of the extended park boundaries into national law,

b)  implement an effective grazing reduction strategy,

c)  provide alternative livelihoods for those who currently depend on cultivation and other forms of resource use within the property, as requested by the World Heritage Committee in its previous decisions;

7.   Also reiterates its request to the State Party to submit a proposal for boundary modification of the World Heritage property once the gazettal is completed, to reflect the new boundaries of the National Park and encourages the State Party to clarify with the World Heritage Centre the requirements for the boundary modification;

8.   Recommends that the State Party establish a program to monitor and report on the six indicators of the Desired state of conservation for removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger to evaluate progress in restoring the ecological integrity and Outstanding Universal Value of the property;

9.   Requests the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 February 2013 , a report on the state of conservation of the property, in particular on progress accomplished in the implementation of the outstanding corrective measures and the recommendations of the 2009 mission, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 37th session in 2013;

10.   Decides to retain Simien Mountains National Park (Ethiopia) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Themes: Conservation, List of World Heritage in Danger
States Parties: Ethiopia
Properties: Simien National Park
Session: 36COM