1.         Lower Valley of the Omo (Ethiopia) (C 17)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1980

Criteria  (iii)(iv)

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/17/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0 (from 1996-1996)
Total amount approved: USD 2,000
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/17/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/17/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1996

The prehistoric site of the Lower Valley of the Omo was the object of intensive research by international teams between 1967 and 1976. Scholars of paleontology and prehistory discovered human and animal fossils and stone tools and brought to light a prehistoric camping ground, amongst the oldest known to date. At present, erosion endangers the site by erasing the markers which had been planted during the last prospecting campaigns of 1974 and 1976 on the major sites, especially those that had revealed hominid fossils.

Due to the suspension of the missions since 1976, a survey should be carried out on the present state of the deposits to record the changes brought about by erosion, to seek out the markers still in place and position each locality by means of a GPS (Ground Positioning System), which would allow future researchers to find all the areas already identified and numbered by the previous paleontological missions.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre, ICOMOS and ICCROM

The Bureau may wish to adopt the following recommendation and request the Committee to take note:

"The Bureau encouraged the Centre for Research and Conservation of the Cultural Heritage (CRCCH) to undertake a survey and implement the above-mentioned proposals, and requested the Ethiopian authorities to keep the World Heritage Centre informed of the progress achieved."

Decision Adopted: 20 EXT.BUR A.1.3

CULTURAL HERITAGE

A.1 TECHNICAL CO-OPERATION

A.1.3 Lalibela; Fasil Ghebi; Lower Valley of the Awash; Tiya; Aksum and Valley of of the Omo (Ethiopia) (US$ 27,500 requested)

Considering the quality and the well-chosen small-scale activities which are already partly funded by the Centre for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (CRCCH) , and in order to backstop the remarkable achievements and commitments of CRCCH to conservation,

the Bureau approved an amount of US$ 27,500. Support from the World Heritage Fund will permit the funding of international experts to examine the studies and restoration programmes for Lalibela, to improve the presentation of Tiya and organize an in-situ training course in Gondar.
 

 

Decision Adopted: 20 COM VII.D.64/65

VII.64 Lower Valley of the Omo (Ethiopia)

The Secretariat reported that erosion endangers the site by erasing the markers which had been planted during the last scientific missions of 1974 and 1976 on the major sites, especially those that had revealed hominid fossils.

Due to the suspension of the international missions since 1976, it was recommended that a survey should be carried out on the present state of the deposits to record the changes brought about by erosion, to seek out the markers still in place, and position each locality by means of a GPS (Global Positioning System) .

The Bureau took note of the report provided by the Secretariat and encouraged the Centre for Research and Conservation of the Cultural Heritage (CRCCH) to undertake a survey and implement the above-mentioned proposals, and requested the Ethiopian authorities to keep it informed of the progress achieved.