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Welcome to the Soqotra Pages of the RBGE. These WWW pages present the work of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and its associates on Soqotra. It is hoped that the dissemination of this information will encourage a deeper understanding of the biodiversity of the islands and help promote their sustainable development.
Exploring Home All the pages on the site have a navigation bar, like the one on the left, or a way of getting back to this Start Page. Once you are at this page the beginning of any resource should only be three clicks away. Work down the navigation bar on this page to survey the whole site.
Misty Future If you are looking for a general introduction to Soqotra you may like to start by reading one of the general articles presented here such as Soqotra's Misty Future by Diccon Alexander and Anthony Miller or you may want to have a look at the virtual reality panoramas of the islands. If you are not sure where Soqotra is you may want to take a brief look at the location page.
Viewing These pages can be viewed with any browser that supports tables and images but are best viewed at a screen resolution of 600x800, with a colour depth of 256 colours or more using Netscape Navigator 4+ or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4+ . The site is rich in images but they are not needed to understand the contents of the text. If you would like to view the panoramic movies your browser will need to be java enabled.
Arabic We are keen to make the information on this site as accessible as possible. Unfortunately we do not currently have the resources to translate the whole of the text into Arabic. There are two hurdles we need to overcome: actually translating current and future text into an acceptable form of Arabic, and deciding on a suitable format for representing Arabic on the web.(A discussion of this is presented atYemen Gateway.) We would appreciate opinions and help with these matter.
Spelling Transliteration of Arabic and Soqotri place names is problematic. Possible spellings of Soqotra included: Socotra, Suqutra, Suqutrá, Suqutra, Socotora and Socotra. The recommendation of Saeed Ba'angood (as presented in the "Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Soqotra Island: Present and Future") is currently being used for this site although it is acknowledged that the most common spelling in the West is Socotra.
Thanks Work on Soqotra is carried out in cooperation with the government and people of Yemen and in collaboration with a number of individuals and organisation internationally. The RBGE team would like to thank all those involved, at all levels, for their help and support both within Yemen and internationally.
Funding The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is sponsored by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries of the Scottish Office.
The work that is currently being carried out in Yemen by the garden is supported on a consultancy basis under two main contracts.
The Darwin Initiative of the British Government is funding work that includes the preparation of an Ethnoflora of the islands and a Manual of Traditional Land Management.
The Global Environmental Facility and the United Nation Development Program ( UNDP-GEF ) are funding, through the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) , a major conservation programme to which RBGE is supplying botanical and other services towards the production of a master plan for development of the islands. UNOPS have a web site that describes the project.