UNDP supports improving livelihoods of rural communities & conservation of biodiversity in Socotra ArchipelagoMay 11, 2016
Socotra Archipelago, 08 May 2016 - with support from Global Environment Facility (GEF) UNDP launched last week thirteen community projects to improve the livelihoods of rural communities, conserve the biodiversity of Socotra Archipelago and mitigate the impacts of Chapala and Meg cyclones that hit the island last year. The launching ceremony was attended by Socotra Governor, representatives of local council and non-government organizations (NGOs).
More than 30 community based organizations and NGOs in Socotra Archipelago have received extensive training in NGOs administration, livelihoods approaches, biodiversity management, projects proposal writing and implementation. This is part of the effort to support planning and implementation of local initiatives and to ensure better approaches of biodiversity conservations, restoration of livelihoods and poverty reduction. The trained organizations and NGOs have proposed a wide range of income generating activities to help reduce local people’s vulnerability to environmental degradation and economic bottlenecks.
UNDP has provided grants to 13 NGOs to implement the local initiatives. These local initiatives are targeting more than 1,000 pastoralists, home gardeners, forest harvesters and fishermen, out of which is 475 women. The proposed projects aim to improve household incomes and nutrition of the targeted beneficiaries and their families, exploiting the rich biodiversity of the island. The beneficiaries will be supported to produce unique natural products. This includes production of locally made cheese, wool items, handicrafts, frankincense, incense and aloe as well as packaging and marketing these products to the local population. “
“The Socotrian local community has been working on biodiversity conservation for many years to ensure sustainable development and preserving their livelihood assets. Working alongside the local government and community organizations will ultimately help the conservation of the island biodiversity and support local community not only to exploit these natural resources and protect them but also to build on their resilience to cope with the consequences of natural disasters,” said Fuad Ali, Team Leader at UNDP Yemen.
The project will also help to preserve the biodiversity of the island through rehabilitation of the protected areas, developing and sustaining home gardens, production and protection of raw pharmaceutical products, protection of marine habitats, awareness and sustainable use of dragon’s blood resin. The project will contribute to the goal of creating a sustainable development.
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