Sustainable development and Biodiversity conservation for the people of Socotra:USD5 million for human development in Socotra [Archives:2003/650/Local News]

July 14 2003

A program of support for “Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Conservation for the people of Socotra Islands, Yemen” was signed between UNDP and the Ministry of Water and Environment (MOWE) and the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation MOPIC. UNDP, the Government of Italy and the Government of Yemen will contribute US $2.5 million, US $ 2.5 million and US $ 383,000 (in kind) respectively.
The overall goal of the program is to support human development for the people of Socotra islands, through the conservation and sustainable use of its unique Biodiversity and natural resources.
The program will promote systemic and integrated human development and biodiversity conservation in the nationally and internationally important Socotra Archipelago of Yemen. The program will assist the government of Yemen to: (a) support main engines of growth for the local economy: eco-tourism and sustainable fisheries, and implement the archipelago's zoning plan and community based management of protected area; (b) address most pressing basic community development needs and mobilize communities engagement in sustainable human development process, (c) enhance professional capacity of local and central government to steer sustainable development path for the archipelago, and mobilize additional resources to support an integrated conservation and development program, and (d) develop a partnership with the Galapagos Archipelago national park (Ecuador).
National execution modality will be followed for program management and implementation under the MOWE.
The program document was signed by H.E. Deputy Prime Minister and Minster of Planning and International Cooperation, Mr. Ahmed Mohammed Sofan on behalf of the government of Yemen along with H.E. Dr. Mohammed Lutf Al-Eryani, Minister of Water and Environment; and Mr. Moin Karim, resident Representative on behalf of UNDP. The project duration is for five years.
H.E. Mr. Giacomo Sanfelice di Monteforte, the Ambassador of the Republic of Italy and officials from the Italian Embassy, MOPIC, MOWE/EPA, and UNDP office in Sana'a, attended the signing ceremony.