Almotamar.net - The United Nations for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) announced putting the Socotra Island on the list of World natural heritage. The Organisation confirmed adding Socotra Archipelago at a meeting of the world heritage committee held in Canada in addition to 13 new sites in a number of countries.
In a statement published in its website the organisation described the Socotra Archipelago, that extends t 250 km and includes four islands and two small rocky isles, as appears to be an extension of the Horn of Africa.
It pointed out that Socotra is an exceptional site where there is great diversity in its plants and proportion of the existing species, adding that 37% of species of plants out of 825 kinds and 90% of reptile species and 95% of land snails present in it are not found at any other areas of the world. Concerning sparrow the UNESCO said the site houses important species a t the level of the world (192 kinds, 44 of them reproduced in the island 85 species of them migrate to it regularly) and among them some species threatened by extinction.
Socotrra marine life is distinguished by a great diversity with the existence of 253 species and coral reefs, 730 species of coastal fish and 300 species of lobsters.
Yemen welcomed the decision of Socotra Archipelago enlisted on the world heritage. The Yemeni cabinet valued in its meeting Tuesday the decision taken by the world heritage committee, affirming its moral and developmental value and that the decision is considered a medal granted to the Yemeni republic. It said the decision would enhance the efforts for protection and preservation the nature of the island and its development in a sustainable way.