A Reuters agency journalist, Martina Fuchs, spent a week on Socotra to produce three video stories about the eco-tourism and nature of Socotra. The SCDP provided her with a guide, the EPA provided a car

A Reuters agency journalist, Martina Fuchs, spent a week on Socotra to produce three video stories about the eco-tourism and nature of Socotramore

A new UNDP-managed Socotra project SGBP, which started in June 2009 with Mr. Nadim Taleb as the National Project Coordinator, has introduced a new project logo

A new UNDP-managed Socotra project SGBP, which started in June 2009 with Mr. Nadim Taleb as the National Project Coordinator, has introduced a new project logo. more

An Irish photographer, Richard Boggs, has published a book of photographs titled The Lost World of Socotra. He spent two years on the island working as an English teacher. The book was published by Stacey International

An Irish photographer, Richard Boggs, has published a book of photographs titled The Lost World of Socotra. He spent two years on the island working as an English teacher. The book was published by Stacey Internationalmore

Kay Van Damme from the Ghent University will give a paper on Socotra at the first Conference on Biodiversity Conservation in the Arabian Peninsula that takes place in February 3 – 4, 2010 in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates

Kay Van Damme from the Ghent University will give a paper on Socotra at the first Conference on Biodiversity Conservation in the Arabian Peninsula that takes place in February 3 – 4, 2010 at the American University of Sharjah, the United Arab Emiratesmore

Three illegal Somali immigrants landed on Socotra on February 7, 2010. It was the first recorded case of refugees coming to the island

Three exhausted men were found on a southern beach by local people. They were transported to Hadibo and provided with medical aid however one of them died in Hadibo hospital the next day. Four days later, both survivors were taken to Sana’a for further investigation and questioning whether they are refugees, fishermen or pirates. more

Kay Van Damme from Ghent University presented his lecture on Socotra’s endemics in Hadibo. He originally gave the paper in the conference on biodiversity in the Arabian Peninsula, Sharjah, UAE in February

The lecture was attended by the staff of EPA Socotra, members of international projects and international experts currently working on the island such as Lisa Banfield from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinborough and Mark W. Moffett from National Geographic magazine.more

A date palms pollination period for July harvest has started in Socotra. These days, you can meet men carrying a woven harness to climb palms for artificial pollination. See the harness in Plants section of The Gallery

Owners of female palms only can buy ripe male flowers for artificial pollination in the market for about 200 Yemeni Rials (1 USD) each. One male flower can be used for pollinating as much as five female palms. Artificial pollination has been used to get a rich crop. For natural wind-aided pollination, a half of the trees in a palmery must be male. more

A two-day workshop on Socotra civil society is organized by SGBP on March 21 – 22 in Hadibo. More than 60 members of local NGOs and representatives of Hadibo and Qalansiya local councils are invited

A two-day workshop on Socotra civil society is organized by SGBP on March 21 – 22 in Hadibo. More than 60 members of local NGOs and representatives of Hadibo and Qalansyia local councils are invited.more

SGBP has been extended with a fifth component focused on marine conservation. The component activities are funded by French environmental fund FFEM with assigned budget of 1,000,000 Euro

SGBP has been extended with a fifth component focused on marine conservation. The component activities are funded by French environmental fund FFEM with assigned budget of 1,000,000 Euro.more

Two Iranian boats illegally fishing in the vicinity of Socotra were caught by the Yemeni army in March. Crews were flown to Al-Mukalla for investigation, the boats left Hadibo port at the end of the month

Two Iranian boats illegally fishing in the vicinity of Socotra were caught by the Yemeni army in March. Crews were flown to Al-Mukalla for investigation, the boats left Hadibo port at the end of the month.more

A joint annual work plan of UNDP and Italian project was presented by the projects’ managers and H.E. Minister of Water and Environment to representatives of Socotra local councils and other authorities

A joint annual work plan of UNDP and Italian project was presented by the projects’ managers and H.E. Minister of Water and Environment to representatives of Socotra local councils and other authoritiesmore

This year’s sea cucumber harvest has reached its peak on Socotra. Even though sea cucumbers are not traditionally consumed by Socotris, they have been popular with local fishermen who export them for attractive prices

This year’s sea cucumber harvest has reached its peak on Socotra. Even though sea cucumbers are not traditionally consumed by Socotris, they have been popular with local fishermen who export them for attractive prices.more

The Regional Team Leader and Regional Technical Advisor Mirey Atallah from UNDP Bratislava responsible for GEF funds for SGBP project came for the first monitoring mission

The Regional Team Leader and Regional Technical Advisor Mirey Atallah from UNDP Bratislava responsible for GEF funds for SGBP project came for the first monitoring mission. more

Third SGBP board meeting was held on May 12, 2010 in Sana’a. The board members approved the first quarter 2010 progress report and discussed the annual work plan of the new marine component funded by FFEM

Third SGBP board meeting will be held on May 12, 2010 in Sana’a. The board members will approve the first quarter 2010 progress report and will discuss the annual work plan of the new marine component funded by the French Development Agency. more

SGBP celebrated the World Environment Day on Socotra on June 5, 2010. The public celebration was focused on environmental awareness such as recycling and biodiversity of Socotra

SGBP celebrates the World Environmental Day on Socotra on June 5, 2010. The public celebration is focused on environmental awareness such as recycling and biodiversity of Socotra. more

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Did you Know

The original inhabitants of Socotra speak an ancient Arabian language that has been passed on without a written form. It contains many specific words to indicate natural elements.

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