Rain-water Harvest in East Mayha, Qalansia District, Socotra Governorate, Yemen
Rain-water Harvest in East Mayha, Qalansia District, Socotra Governorate, Yemen
Mayhah region, Qalancia District located in western Socotra. It’s known to be the driest part of Socotra Island. Whit its inner landscape, it receives the lowest rainfall in Socotra. Livestock herding is the main economic activities of the population of Mayhah, hence water is very important to support herding system and grazing management.
In this area there exists neither water springs nor underground water (Tube well) that can provide local communities with domestic water use for humans and animals hence communities relay on rainwater harvest in artificially made water pools (cisterns or “Karif”). Communities work very hard to establish water security as mean of improving their livelihood and sanitation.
This project aimed to help communities building 56 water cisterns with total holding capacity of 4110 cubic meters. Project beneficiaries are 306 families with total population of 1917 inhabitants (995 Men and 922Women).

Project Snapshot

East Mayha Community Group
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 25,484.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 30,951.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 36,524.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Policy Influence
1. Project result are in support of Government policy aimed at improving the welfare, Sanitation and livelihood of rural areas. 2. Project address Government policy towards addressing land degradation prevented by reducing animal movement. 3. Raising awareness among communities live in protected areas is in support of implementing protection measures.
Capacity - Building Component
Grantee youth are involved through building these rain-water tanks hence are trained a long with elder and better skilled community members to end doing the same activities.
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Hectares of land sustainably managed by project 60000



Grantee Contact

Mr. Ahmed Thomrar Issa Ahmed


East Mayah Community Group
Amadhen, Qalancia 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