Socotra Archipelago, in the northwest Indian Ocean near the Gulf of Aden, is 250 km long and comprises four islands and two rocky islets which appear as a prolongation of the Horn of Africa. The site is of universal importance because of its biodiversity with rich and distinct flora and fauna: 37% of Socotra’s 825 plant species, 90% of its reptile species and 95% of its land snail species do not occur anywhere else in the world. The site also supports globally significant populations of land and sea birds (192 bird species, 44 of which breed on the islands while 85 are regular migrants), including a number of threatened species. The marine life of Socotra is also very diverse, with 253 species of reef-building corals, 730 species of coastal fish and 300 species of crab, lobster and shrimp.

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19 sites in this World Heritage

  • Buffer zone - elements 001/010
  • Socotra A
  • Socotra B
  • Socotra a (marine area)
  • Socotra b (marine area)
  • Socotra c (marine area)
  • Socotra d (marine area)
  • Socotra e (marine area)
  • Socotra f (marine area)
  • Socotra g (marine area)
  • Socotra h (marine area)
  • Abd Alkuri
  • Abd Alkuri a (marine area)
  • Abd Alkuri b (marine area)
  • Abd Alkuri c (marine area)
  • Samha
  • Darsa
  • Kalfarun
  • Sabunya

Buffer zone - elements 001/010

Socotra a (marine area)

Socotra b (marine area)

Socotra c (marine area)

Socotra d (marine area)

Socotra e (marine area)

Socotra f (marine area)

Socotra g (marine area)

Socotra h (marine area)

Abd Alkuri

Abd Alkuri a (marine area)

Abd Alkuri b (marine area)

Abd Alkuri c (marine area)

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DATA

Region
Arab States
Country
Yemen 
Category
Natural
Name
Socotra Archipelago
Selection Criteria (?)
(x)
Year of Registered
2008
Keyword
Registered in 2008