Simen Mountains Study 2004: Intermediate Report on the 2004 Field Expedition to the Simen Mountains in Northern Ethiopia
NCCR North-South Dialogue No. 6
by Eva Ludi
Bern, NCCR North-South 2007
The purpose of the Simen Mountains Study 2004 was to re-assess specific bio-physical and socio-economic conditions in selected villages inside and around the Simen Mountains National Park that had previously been studied in the Simen Mountains Baseline Study in 1994.
Besides presenting preliminary findings on the major themes investigated, this report also presents a preliminary assessment of major changes and trends with regard to wildlife, natural resources, land use, human population and livestock, institutions, and tourism. At this moment – i.e. before main findings are available – it can be concluded that enormous efforts have been initiated by the regional and local governments, partly supported by bilateral and international donor agencies, to improve the living conditions of the resident population and improve conditions in the National Park, its management, and ultimately the protection of wildlife. Nonetheless, considerable efforts are still needed to reconcile conservation with sustainable development.
Based on these preliminary findings, general recommendations are formulated in the three main fields of park management and development, tourism management and development, and rural development in general.
Ludi E. 2007. Simen Mountains Study 2004: Intermediate Report on the 2004 Field Expedition to the Simen Mountains in Northern Ethiopia. NCCR North-South Dialogue No 6. Bern, Switzerland: NCCR North-South.