1.         Simien National Park (Ethiopia) (N 9)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1978

Criteria  (vii)(x)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/9/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1978-1991)
Total amount approved: USD 203,171
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/9/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds


Previous monitoring missions


Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Presence of armed groups

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/9/

Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1992

At its last session the Committee was happy to note that after a seven-year period of civil unrest this site has once again become accessible and the reconstruction of park infrastructure which was completely destroyed could be commenced without any further delay. The Secretariat, by letter dated 4 February 1992, informed the Ethiopian authorities that the Committee had set aside a sum of US $ 50,000 from the 1992 budget of the World Heritage Fund as a contribution to rehabilitate Simien National Park and that the funds would be made available for appropriate projects developed in consultation with IUCN and the Secretariat. The Ethiopian authorities, by their letter of 27 February 1992, have expressed their gratitude to the assistance offered by the Committee and proposed to use the US$50,000 as follows: rehabilitation of roads (US$13,000); construction of buildings (US$22,000); purchase of field equipment and horses (US$10,000); spares for four-wheel drive vehicles (US$5,000). The 18-month project will also receive a national contribution of US$45,000 covering staff salaries (US$22,000) and operational and maintenance costs of the Park (US$23,000). IUCN agreed with the aims, objectives and costing of the project and the Chairman agreed that the sum approved by the Committee could be used as proposed by the Ethiopian authorities. The Secretariat is awaiting information from the Ethiopian authorities providing a breakdown of amounts requested for road-rehabilitation and building construction which is needed for the establishment of a contract for project implementation.

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1992

The World Heritage Centre informed the Committee that it is implementing, in co-operation with the UNESCO Office in Addis Ababa, and the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation and Development Organization, the technical co-operation project for the rehabilitation of the Simien National Park for which the Committee, at its last session, approved a sum of US$50,000.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN


Decision Adopted: 16 BUR V.23

The Bureau noted with satisfaction that the Ethiopian authorities have submitted a rehabilitation project for this site. This project is now being implemented with US$50,000 approved by the World Heritage Committee.

Decision Adopted: 16 COM VIII.12

VIII.12 The Committee decided to register the report and the map provided by the Canadian authorities as a description of the revised boundaries of the Dinosaur Provincial Park (Canada). The Committee expressed satisfaction on the progress in the implementation of the rehabilitation project in the Simien National Park (Ethiopia) for which the Committee approved US$50,000 at its last session. In the case of Iguazu National Park (Argentina), Iguazu National Park (Brazil) and Wood Buffalo National Park (Canada), the Committee requested the Centre to submit progress on their state of conservaiton to the Bureau scheduled to meet in mid-1993 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris.