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

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

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 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).

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1995

N/A

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and IUCN

N/A

Decision Adopted: 19 BUR VI.20

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).