The SGBP Project

Is a joint effort of the Government of the Republic of Yemen , UNDP-GEF and FFEM to conserve globally important biodiversity of the Socotra Archipelago. The SGBP comes after previous successful projects aimed on a sustainable human development on the island. The objective of the SGBP is to support Socotra in the national decentralization process and to set up a system of local administration that effectively includes biodiversity management.


Project board meeting 4th September.
When conservation precedes development: a case study of the opening up of the Socotra archipelago, Yemen, by Paul Scholte and others.


Science published a letter on invasive species (Science, vol.333, pag. 404), signed by a group of leaders of international organizations, including Birdlife.


Friends of Soqotra are announcing their 10th meeting, to be held from 23 to 25th September 2011 in the Natural History Museum of Bern, Switzerland.


An article by Ghent University "Biodiversity in a changing Middle East" talks about Kay Van Damme article in Nature Middle East e-magazine..

Thousands of palm trees, over twenty goats and three boats burned in Debnah Oasis, Yesterday 18th of June, 2011 by a fire blown by wind from a spot where rubbish is collected and burned..

Turtle monitoring and protection team with great cooperation of the Public Security caught a group of men who killed a loggerhead turtle last night 31 of May, 2011.


"Who can protect Yemen's invaluable natural treasures during times of political upheaval and change?" an article by Kay Van Damme in Nature Magazine.

Special Thanks
Special thanks to international experts who have devoted their work and heart to Socotra and contributed soundly with their knowledge and valuable materials to this website.