Roush Marine Protected Area Community, Socotra

Roush Marine Protected Area Community, Socotra, is located one kilometer north of Socotra, an island off the coast of Yemen. The marine protected area belongs to the communities of Sacra and Diherhom villages, and was developed in response to an observed decline in marine resources and fish populations. A conservation area and eco-campsite were established, and the initiative was later broadened to include conservation activities more generally.

The campsite has created local jobs and benefits are shared equitably amongst participating communities. The initiative follows principles of environmental responsibility, using solar panels for energy and undertaking sustainable management of water. In addition to the benefits of ecotourism revenues, Sacra and Diherhom villages have benefitted from increased stocks of fish and other marine resources.


Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2010

Founded: 2000

Location: Socotra Archipelago, Gulf of Aden

Beneficiaries: Sacra and Diherhom villages

Biodiversity: Socotra Archipelago, World Heritage Site


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 Equator Prize 2010

Middle East And North Africa

 Biodiversity Conservation

 Marine and Coastal Resource Management

 Sustainable Energy


Contact Information

Tourism and Environment Project Rosh Protected Area
P.O.Box 111 - Hadibo Socotra, Hadramaut, Yemen
Phone: +967770782331
Fax: +96705660579


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