Sea Turtles Conservation in Socotra, Yemen
Sea Turtles Conservation in Socotra, Yemen
Socotra was declared World Heritage Site (WHS) due to its biodiversity values. It host high rate of endmism in its flora and fauna. It also host significant world population of a number of common species terrestrial and marine. The Logerhead turtle is know to be the only turtle species breeds in Socotra. There is main breeding habitat and smaller scattered on Socotra. The Area located between Ghubba and Ra’s Qadamah is the largest breeding sandy beach on Socotra. Smallere breeding areas are exist in Shueb (1km), Niet (1km), Mahferhen-Zahek (5km), Sibrahoo (2km) and Ra’s Ersel (1km).
Since historical times human use turtles and other wildlife as food for survival through famine. This factor is no longer valid since food supplies are ensured through continuous supplies by Sea and air. There are group of people how claim to use turtle for food for leisure that impacting turtle population in Socotra beaches. Lack of conservation measures and awareness are key isues to address turtle treats in Socotra breeding sites.
The efforts of local communities, volunteers (communities and youth) and outsiders are possible means that will be explored to achieve better conservation status for the turtles in Socotra.
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Project Snapshot

Socotra Society for the protection of turtles
Area Of Work:
Grant Amount:
US$ 37,015.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 1,494.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 18,711.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
Both gender is targeted in the project activities including awareness and school children and teachers.
Replication of project activities
It's the first project targeting the protection of Sea turtles SGP funded in Socotra. Upon generating impacts and lesson learnt, replication would be an option for conserving or protecting species in Socotra and elsewhere.
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Number of globally significant species protected by project 2

Grantee Contact

Mr. Hasan Mohammed Solaiman Shinihan
Phone: +967 773031088


Hadibu District , Socotra Governorate ,

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