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Socotra an environmental tourism capital

By Tamjid Alkohali

Last week, the Ministry of Tourism announced Socotra an environmental tourism capital. Socotra is characterized by various animals and vegetation, including over 750 distinct species of plants, 300 of which are only found in Socotra like the Dragon Blood tree.

According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC), it’s one of only ten islands rich in unique biodiversity. It has 145 species of endemic birds, more than 730 types of fish, 300 of crabs, 60 of moths, and many other organisms that are the reason it is the only nature reserve to contain other reserves within itself.

It has been called an ideal resort due to its diverse terrain, summertime calm, and various activities for recreation and diving. It also houses a population of 100, 000 people who speak unique languages of interest to many researchers. Socotra was classified as a World Heritage Site in 2008, and as a governorate in 2013.