13 July, 2008

Socotra: Finally Gets UNESCO's Seal

One week ago, the Socotra Archipelago finally got UNESCO's recognition and seal of approval and is now on its World Heritage List; it becomes Yemen's fourth site on the List.

Dubbed as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, for its exceptional biodiversity of plants, animals and very diverse marine life - UNESCO's approval will, hopefully, help in protecting and conserving Yemen's greatest natural treasure and wonder.

Now under a much greater threat from developers and tourists than ever before, UNESCO's recognition couldn't have come at a better time for the very unique, fragile Island. An Island which is said to have been apart even before 250 million years ago when all the Planet’s major landmasses were joined; and for the millions of years of its standing apart, it has been gathering and collecting some of the most unusual living creatures and organisms. Both on land and in the sea. Thank you UNESCO and thanks to all those who have fought, and spoken up, for Socotra.

Read this brief article about Socotra from WWF

Map from: The University of Houston