Ethiopian Heritage Trust
3.1.1 The Ethiopian Heritage Trust
a) The Governing CouncilEthiopian Heritage Trust (EHT) is ruled by a governing Council, consisting of 14 councillors, elected by the members of the EHT. Among its duties is to perform all acts necessary for the EHT, such as acquiring aesthetically and historically interesting sites and buildings and the land of natural beauty, repairing, restoring and conserving such sites, buildings and land to the highest standard, and improving awareness regarding issues of conservation and preservation in Ethiopia.
b) The Park CommitteeFrom the Governing Council, a number of committees have emerged. One of them is the Park Committee, which has the determination to create a natural park of high quality for the citizens of Addis Ababa on the slopes of Entoto mountain. Most of the Park Committee members have full employment elsewhere, a fact that so far has steered the meetings of the Committee towards evening time. During our stay, the Park Committee had regular meetings every second week, often with an additional four hours-walk on Entoto on Sundays. At every meeting, often held in the home of one of the Park Committee members, a list of minutes is taken in order to clarify the duties to be carried out until the next meeting and to check up on the results since the previous meeting. Decisions can not be taken until the members of the Park Committee unanimously agreed upon them.
In the National Conservation
Strategy, it is expressed that:
- Heritage significance indicates historical, aesthetic, social, scientific or other values for past, present and future generations,
- Heritage is living and is not a museum of protected objectives but part of people's lives,
- Heritage is a continuum of cultural expression from natural wilderness to urban areas,
- Heritage conservation should be seen as part of and integrated with Ethiopia's generally social and economic development,
- The national heritage should not be seen as the responsibility of the government alone, and so communities should play a leading role in assessing and nominating places or items of heritage significance and in conserving them,
- A sustainable heritage conservation and management programme should seek to understand all the elements of the system, their interrelationships and the way in which each contributes to social and economic development. (Ibid, pg 97)
(Håkan Blanck and Pia Englund, Entoto Natural Park 1995)
The organization, Ethiopian Heritage Trust, is devoted to the restoration of Ethiopia's indigenous Nature and also the sincere work preserving the country's precious heritage in culture. With high priority, Ethiopian Heritage Trust laid the ground for understanding the importance of an indigenous forest's effect on the country's natural health. The organization's work with planting native saplings illuminates the landscape's healing capacity with precision thanks to this native forest. The importance of careful research regarding knowledge in natural science gives an intense and evident example before any foreign species is regarded as possible for an introduction into an unfamiliar and vulnerable habitat.
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