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Simien National Park

Factors affecting the property in 1995*
  • Civil unrest
  • Management systems/ management plan
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Presence of armed groups
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1995
Requests approved: 6 (from 1978-1991)
Total amount approved : 203,171 USD
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1995

The site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1978. A workshop on the "Simen Mountains National Park Management" was held in Gondar from 15 to 17 February 1995 and a 40 pages report on the seminar was sent to the World Heritage Centre. The workshop involved different government agencies, the park management, the local communities as well as international participants and donors. The need to facilitate coordination between the government levels was stressed. It was underlined that the park can only be developed in close cooperation with the local communities. It was therefore recommended to set up village committees to be consulted. At the workshop a report on the Simen Mountains Baseline Study, (University of Berne, Switzerland) was presented recommending a prime protection zone for the Walia Ibex, which has an estimated population of 80 to 110 inside and 120 to 150 outside the Park. The study underlined the importance of the well regulated tourism management as well as local community involvement and social-economic development.

The site receives considerable funding by Danish, Austrian and other European assistance agencies as well as the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1995
19 BUR VI.20
Simen National Park (Ethiopia)

The Bureau recalled that the site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1978 and took note of the results of a report on the workshop on the "Simen Mountains National Park Management" held in Gondar from 15 to 17 February 1995, as well as a report on the Simen Mountains Baseline Study by the University of Berne(Switzerland).

Report year: 1995
Date of Inscription: 1978
Category: Natural
Criteria: (vii)(x)
Danger List (dates): 1996-2017
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 19COM (1995)

* : 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”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.