The Socotra Archipelago is a natural gem in the Arabian Sea. It belongs to the Republic of Yemen and is located 380 km from the south Yemeni coastline. Very long isolation from the mainland of Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa has given the islands a precious chance to evolve unique and peculiar species of flora and fauna that cannot be found anywhere else on the Earth.
Few years ago, not many people knew about a place called Socotra. The island was thanks to its location well hidden from the eyes of the world and from any possible changes.
Biodiversity of Socotra
Due to its size, geographic position and evolutionary history, the Socotra Archipelago is a prime regional center of unique biodiversity. From a botanical point of view, Socotra is historically known for the rare and spectacular plants that characterize the dramatic mountain and coastal landscapes.
People of Socotra
The Socotra Archipelago belongs among the poorest regions in Yemen. Administratively, it is a part of the Hadramawt governorate even though the island is meant to get certain autonomy in the ongoing decentralization process.