UN post-disaster recommendations for Grenada

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, October 5, 2007 – The United Nations has made seven recommendations to Grenada as it continues reconstruction after Hurricane Ivan in September 2004.

Jaana Mioch, Human Settlements Officer in the Disaster, Post-Conflict and Safety Section of UN Habitat, based in Kenya, commended the Spice Isle of the way it has rebound from the devastating hurricane three years ago but said that “development begins at the beginning; so day one after a disaster is when you begin long-term planning”.

She recommended that the people should be involved in the planning for re-development of human settlements and that a national cadastre – a database of land ownership and rights – be created.

A remapping exercise, which was started by the Agency for Reconstruction and Development, needs to be completed as well as the enforcement of the building code.

Mioch has also advised the government that it should establish a national agency to coordinate all land-related activities and promote long-term thinking for how they ought to manage disasters in the future.

During her three-day visit she met with government, the private sector, and non-governmental and community-based organisations.