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Thursday, 30 December 2010

Messed up?

If you are totally “messed up” and still in need of a gift for under your tree, why not waste your money on this?

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Socotra Governance & Biodiversity Project 2010 achievements

Bohdana Rambouskova, Communication Officer of the Socotra Governance & Biodiversity Project, put the SGBP 2010 achievements on you tube:

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Concern as Yemen ecotourism grows

Is ecotourism just a nicer word for tourism?
Hopefully the succes of the island is not going the start working contraproductive?

Saving rare plants from extinction in Socotra

Adeeb Hadeeb, 65, exploited his piece of land in Socotra to build arboretum to save rare Socotri plants from extinction. He has planted more than 20,000 saplings in the land although he has no regular income or any salary.

More to read in the Yemen Times

For what it is worth...

The Yemen Observer, not immediately high quality, delivers again an article which needs interpretation and fantasy to reconstruct reality, perhaps just this makes it interesting?

Monday, 20 December 2010

Russian documentary films, covering their Socotra work of the last decade(s)

Vladimir Aganof informs us about a Russian documentary film, covering their Socotra work of the last decade(s). More info at REN-TV (MSK)

Premiere of a documentary film by Vladimir Melnik

"SOCOTRA: UNKNOWN TALE" scheduled from 20th to 22th December in "Unknown Planet" Program on the REN-TV Russian channel (Moscow).

The film tells the story of daily life and heritage of Socotran hermits, of the tale of "Two Brothers" from the library of Pharaoh Seti, which is told to Socotran children at night, of incense of Socotra, its exotics and much more. It presents the most authoritative expert opinions of leading Russian experts on Socotra, the recent sensational discovery of Socotra's "Oldowan Mariners' culture"more than 1.5 million years ago.
The film sounds a real live speech Socotrans, Socotran folklore. Its authoritative opinion about the history and mysteries of Socotra express world-renowned scientists:- Vitaly V. Naumkin - Doctor of History, Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies, the author of books on Socotra,- Alexander Vs. Sedov - Doctor of History, Director General of the State Museum of Oriental Art, Head of the Russian- Yemeni Integrated Expedition,- Khazri A. Amirkhanov - Corresponding Member of RAN, Head of Department of the Stone Age of the Institute of Archeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The writer of these lines, who has recorded on tape by accident a Socotran tale of "Two Brothers" in 1979 and is an author of a scientific publication of this tale original version in Soqotri in the CLN Journal, also shares his views on several specific issues of the old Socotran times.

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Socotra The world’s best secret island... commercial bullshit

Sad the read this kind of commercialised information:
Yemen Observer

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Socotra’s island’s memorable guides

Of course, it seems obvious that people who were born and torn in a place, should know it best. Even the idea of preservation over short term financial benefit is much more present than elsewhere, we can only support their efforts!
Yemen Times

Monday, 6 December 2010

Species at Yemen island face threat

The following link to the Al Jazeera website does reflect reality! Hopefully some policymakers might react on this soon, before it is all just another memory.