Rain-water Harvest for Biodiversity Conservation in Southern Momi, Socotra
Rain-water Harvest for Biodiversity Conservation in Southern Momi, Socotra
Momi region constitutes the higher plateau of the eastern part of Socotra. The region topography is based on limestone rock areas intersected with inter-hill plains. The region is rich in biodiversity with high endemism. Vegetation cover is mostly shrub and grassland grazed by livestock. Local communities in the plateau keeps cattle and sheep where as goats are found in the escarpments facing the Sea towards north and south direction. The region lack permanent water courses such Wadis and springs hence water harvest is the main and reliable sources of water outside rainy season for humans and animals.
Most of endemic tree plant species are under grazing pressure due to heavy grazing affected their regeneration. Local communities in southern Momi proposed planting 1200 Frankincense trees under protection from grazing to replicate the success of communities in Northern Momi. Local community will participate in the planting of endangered tree species for conservation, fodder for livestock and the production of gum.
The project aimed at assisting local communities in securing water for improving their livelihood, water for livestock and irrigation planted trees. The number of benefited families is 284 with approximate population of nearly 1770 inhabitants. The project will build 87 water cisterns with total capacity of 5,000 cubic meters.
Environmental awareness in the region is limited hence communities will be targeted with several awareness raising workshops. Lesson learnt in neighboring north Momi will be examined for possible replication.
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Project Snapshot

Valenj Community Group-southern Momi
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 47,651.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 124,508.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Likewise all part of Socotra where water shortage is a limiting factors for community livelihood, Momi community livelihood would be positively impacted by the project. Provision of water for their livestock and the newly learnt lesson of the possibility of growing trees are means for improving biodiversity status and increase fodder for livestock that are finally contribute to livelihood improvement.
Notable Community Participation
Momi community showed significant trend in participation in project activities. They have already dug all water tanks in the ground and collected some building materials. Their need for water is the real drive for their participation.
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Number of globally significant species protected by project 1
Number of households who have benefited* from SGP project 284

Grantee Contact

Mr. Saeed Salem Sulaiman
Phone: 777675142


Socotra , Hadramout GOV. ,

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Omar Ali Saeed Al Saghier
+ 967 448605 Extn. 440
+ 967 448841
Mr. Bashar Sallam
00967 (1) 448605/6 Extn. 441


C/o UNDP, 60 meter Road, P. O. Box 551
Sana'a, Sana'a