Simien Mountains Community Tourism (SIMCOT)
SIMCOT: formed by four dedicated tour guides (friends) from poor areas in the Simien Mountains. They lead tours in Simien and contribute a portion of their profits to the local community. They are members of the Local Guides Association.
Simien Mountains Mobile Medical Service (SMMMS)
Simien Mountains Mobile Medical Service delivers free, essential medical care to remote villages in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains, a UNESCO world heritage site and home to quarter of a million people. They employ mobile nurses who travel between mountain villages providing general medical care, health education, immunizations as well as antenatal and postnatal care in areas inaccessible by other means. They also run a small clinic providing inpatient and outpatient care as well as delivery services for expectant mothers. To learn more about the project, please visit www.simienmountainsmobilemedicalservice.org
The Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP)
is a WildCRU (University of Oxford) endeavour, working closely with local government partners to protect the endangered Ethiopian wolves. Founded in 1995, the goal of EWCP is to conserve the wolves and their Afroalpine habitats by addressing the most serious threats to their survival. EWCP promotes the wolves as a flagship species for the protection of Ethiopia’s Afroalpine ecosystem, home to a rich endemic fauna and flora that are vital to human livelihoods. To learn more about the programme, please visit: www.ethiopianwolf.org
The Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC)
has been the main donor for the development of SMNP since 1998, focusing on improving park infrastructure and community tourism development. ADC also supports communities in and around the park to reduce their use of natural resources through exploring alternative livelihoods, securing land rights, watershed management and improved livestock production. A new project phase is starting in 2013 that also includes support to other woredas in North Gondar Zone and Alatish National Park.
Japan International Co-opration Agency (JICA)
JICA are currently supporting community tourism development.