The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) has released an initial emergency assistance budget for the Simien Mountains National Park.


This initial assistance is being allocated for the hiring of international and local experts to assess the situation and make recommendations on future action to protect the park by benchmarking best practices.


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


The meeting was conducted with the aim of assessing the state of Lalibela, another UNESCO world heritage site and coming up with solutions about their preservation.


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 and to come up with the solution for preservation.


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