Habitat for Humanity Jamaica (Jam-Habitat) Launches Land Regularization Project in Naggo Head
Habitat for Humanity Jamaica (Jam-Habitat), on Monday, January 16, 2017, launched phase two of its Building Resilience And Capacities against Emerging Disasters (BRACED) Project at the Mayor’s Chamber of the Portmore Municipal Council in St. Catherine, Jamaica.
The launch brought together stakeholders, who represented fourteen (14) agencies: HAJ, Braced staff, UTECH, Naggo Head Citizens’ Association, LAMP, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, USAID/OFDA, SDC, Jamaica Red Cross, YUTES 4 CHANGE, EFJ Blogger, Fitz Jackson (MP), Land Information council of Jamaica(LICJ), PORTMORE SELF HELD DISABILITY and the Gleaner Company.
Jam Habitat has secured funding for a phase II to sustain the work carried out in phase 1 through its Building Resilience and Capacities for Emerging Disaster project (BRACED), which has been carrying out urban disaster risk reduction initiatives in the communities of Naggo Head, Newlands and Gregory Park over the last 24 months. Although this project will continue to focus on shelter and settlements, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and risk management policies and practices, phase 1 will come to an end in March 2017.
However, the 2 main objectives of phase II, which is focused solely in Naggo Head will be to:
- Support neighborhood planning to address identified risk at the settlement level;
- Increase awareness of household tenure status and develop awareness on tenure formalization process;
The expected results will be:
- A community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) plan for Naggo Head
- Households provided with knowledge and data to secure their tenure rights
- Householders and community members assisted to mitigate the impact of future and ongoing hazards in their neighborhood and homes
Using a multidisciplinary team including UTECH and community members GIS mapping teams will produce master land use maps, including physical vulnerabilities as well as tenure status of households. The process will involve community members in training, mapping activities; vetting and verification of tenure maps and the development of the Naggo Head redevelopment plan.
The lessons learned from this pilot project will inform the application of similar processes in other informal settlements in Portmore and the wider Jamaica. Jam-Habitat is proud to be part of such an important initiative for community transformation and national development.