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UNESCO releases emergency assistance budget for Simien Mountains Nat’l Park

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Addis Ababa, May 14, 2019 (FBC) -The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Secretariat has released initial emergency assistance budget for Simien Mountains National Park.

Located in Ethiopia, Simien Mountains National Park is one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites.

The initial assistance is meant for the hiring of international and local experts to assess the situation and make recommendations on future actions to protect the park by benchmarking best practices, according to Ethiopian Embassy in Paris, France.

In a related development, representatives from Ethiopia, France, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and ICCROM on the safeguard of the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela met at the UNESCO Headquarters today.

The meeting was conducted with the aim of assessing the state of Lalibela, a world heritage site, and looking for solutions of preserving the peculiar tourist site.

On the occasion, Ethiopia’s Ambassador to France, Henok Teferra said the joint team of Ethiopian and French experts will evaluate the state of the world heritage site to come up with solution for the preservation of site.

France has assured Ethiopia of the commitment to support technically and financially the preservation of the site.