scholars and specialized experts in the field of intangible cultural heritage are scheduled to take part on the annual conference of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which will take place from 28 November to 2 December 2016 in Addis Ababa.

Ethiopia, one of the two African countries which have never been colonized, owns a proud history of African heritage and considered as the origin of mankind.

As Ethiopia is a country endowed with both tangible and intangible heritages including tantalizing landscapes with immense potentials for investment, this is a good opportunity since t will give the participants to visit cultural, historic and natural heritages of Ethiopia.

Two of Ethiopia’s intangible heritages, the commemoration of the finding of the True Cross, Meskel festival, and Fiche Chamballala, New Year of the Sidama people, have so far inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

In addition, Ethiopia has already submitted the study findings of three intangible cultural heritages to UNESCO for registration, including the Gada system,Timket (Ethiopian Epiphany) and Shadey/Ashenda, a traditional celebration.

The country is a home to 284 species of mammals out of which 31 are endemic. This includes seven larger endemic animals including Gelada Baboon, Starck’s Hair, Giant Mole Rat, Abyssinian Wolf, Menilik’s Bush Buck, Mountain Nyala, Swayne Hartebeest, Walia Ibex, and Wild Ass, among others. Nonetheless, Ethiopia is also home to 861 species of Birds of which 17 are endemic.