Dominica to becoming World’s 1st climate-resilient nation

Dominica on Track Become World's 1st climate-resilient nation

The government of Dominica is continuously stepping up the mark to become the “World’s first climate-resilient nation.” The nation, which has witnessed several natural calamities in the past few years, has been focusing on constructing climate-resilient infrastructure which can withstand any natural disasters, including category five hurricanes.

The beautiful island of Dominica has always been attracting people via its mesmerizing, beautiful and unique natural gems. The island has witnessed several devastating natural disasters, including Hurricanes and Tropical Storms.

Despite being a small island nation with around 70,000, Dominica is at the forefront of the war against climate change. After witnessing Hurricane Maria in 2017, which affected almost 90% of the infrastructure, Prime Minister Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit assured to reconstruct of the country as the “world’s first climate-resilient nation.”

Since then, Dominica’s government has been working tirelessly to achieve the aim and has become adamant about building climate-resilient infrastructures such as schools, houses, hospitals, health care centres and shelters.

Under the “Housing Initiative,” the government has vowed to deliver climate-resilient homes to displaced people by Tropical Erika and Hurricane Maria in 2015 and 2017.

The housing units have been developed in the various regions of the Caribbean country, including Cotton Hill, Georgetown, Jimmie, Roseau City Square, Bellevue Chopin, Castle Bruce, San Sauveur, Grand Fond, La Plaine, and Delices. At the same time, several housing units are still under construction in some areas, such as Scotts Head, Eggleston, Canefield, Marigot, and Plat Ma Pierre.

Reportedly, the government has handed over the keys to about 1,500 families over four (4) years to displaced families because of Hurricane Maria.

Prime Minister of Dominica, Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit, during an event in 2019 stated that “the government of Dominica will not rest until every Dominican has a resilient roof over their heads.”

The Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Reginald Austrie, congratulated and praised the government’s efforts for such development initiatives and massive investment into the housing sector.
Recently, the government of Dominica announced that the country would construct an integrated community in the Grand Bay constituency.

The newly announced Grand Bay Ville Housing Development will be a master-planned concept. The housing unit will witness more than 100 standalone houses and 29 empty plots. The majority of the housing units will have three bedrooms, two toilets and bathrooms, a kitchen with a dining room, a living room, a laundry area, and a porch.

MMCE Development Ltd has undertaken the project. Besides this, sixteen more homes are planned for Eggleston.

Earlier, in February 2022, the Salybia constituency saw the beginning of the construction of around 40 houses. The government has announced that these 40 houses will have the capacity to bear the devastating impacts caused by hurricane-force winds and seismic activities.

Meanwhile, in mid-2021, the government informed the residents of Dominica about the building of around seven housing units in Marigot. The units are under-construction and soon will be handed over to the families.
While announcing the project, Gregory Riviere -Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and Planning, stated that more than thirty residents of Marigot would benefit from the new homes upon completion of these housing units.

The housing units will feature three bedrooms, one living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, and toilet facilities.

“It is the first time the government of Dominica has started, and of course will complete, the construction of homes for the people of Marigot. These homes will be climate-resilient and are part of the government’s housing revolution project. I am glad that the Marigot people are very happy to participate,” Riviere underlined.

The government of Dominica has been following the newly adopted “Disaster Resilience Strategy,” which promises to provide a comprehensive plan. As per the government, the cost of funding the interventions outlined in the Disaster Resilience Strategy (DRS) is approximately US$2.8 billion.

The Citizenship has partly or completely funded the construction of the climate-resilient housing units by the Investment Programme of Dominica.

my home land Dominica

The CBI Programme of Dominica is one of the longest-running, fastest, and most secure in the world. The programme has been top-ranked for five consecutive years by the CBI Index, published by the Financial Times’ Professional Wealth Management (PWM) magazine.

Launched in 1993, the programme is renowned for its strict and robust due-diligence procedure. The government of Dominica emphasizes its applicants’ overall integrity and ensures the applicants’ credibility by hiring renowned independent third-party agencies to perform due diligence checks.

To get alternative Citizenship from Dominica, the applicant can invest via two investment options: Economic Diversification Fund (EDF) and Real Estate.

Economic Diversification Fund (EDF): To apply for the alternative Citizenship of Dominica, the applicant may invest in the EDF. This government fund option assists the socio-economic initiatives in the country, including the construction of climate-resilient homes, health centres, schools, playgrounds, and more.

Minimum Investment: USD 100,000. Real Estate: The applicant has to purchase a Government-approved property to invest under the real-estate option.

Dominica boasts its nature with 365 rivers, innumerable waterfalls, and the world’s second-largest hot spring – the boiling lake. The Nature Isle of the Caribbean is undoubtedly one of the best travel destinations, which offers facilities like – hiking, bird-watching, canyoning, trekking, whale-watching, and relaxation in natural hot springs. Minimum investment: USD 200,000.

Dominica nature at its best

The beautiful nation of the Caribbean was completely devastated after the category five hurricane, Hurricane Maria. The natural disaster disturbed the livelihoods of around 90 percent of the population. After Hurricane Maria, Dominica has torn apart in a single night.

Following the catastrophe caused by the hurricane, PM Skerrit pledged to build the climate-resilient nation and soon after created the Climate Execution Agency for Dominica (CREAD). In May 2020, the Cabinet of Dominica approved the Disaster Resilience Strategy as an Annex to the Climate Resilience and Recovery Plan (CRRP).

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