Basseterre, St. Kitts (SKNSOURCE) — The government of St. Kitts and Nevis has taken a significant step in enhancing the well-being of its citizens and the resilience of the capital city (Basseterre). To this end, the Cabinet of St. Kitts and Nevis has approved a comprehensive Urban Resilience Plan for Greater Basseterre. This 15-year strategy, presented by the Ministry of Sustainable Development, outlines a roadmap for investing in infrastructure, improving living conditions, and fostering sustainable development within the city and its surrounding areas.
The concept of urban resilience, as defined in the plan, encompasses the ability of communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to withstand, adapt, and flourish amidst various challenges and disruptions. The plan aligns with the vision of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Administration to establish an Urban Resilience Development Unit, dedicated to safeguarding homes, businesses, and critical infrastructure from environmental hazards.
Key aspects of the Urban Resilience Plan for Greater Basseterre include:
Enhancing Housing Conditions: The plan aims to address housing concerns through programs aimed at improving the quality and affordability of housing options for residents; Creating a Commercially Vibrant Heritage District: The plan envisions the revitalization of Basseterre’s historic district, transforming it into a bustling commercial hub that preserves the city’s cultural heritage; Establishing a Network of Public Spaces: The plan emphasizes the creation of accessible and well-maintained public spaces to enhance the quality of life for residents and promote community engagement and Integrating Renewable Energy and Efficient Water Usage: The plan promotes the adoption of renewable energy sources and efficient water management practices in residential and commercial buildings to reduce environmental impact and promote sustainability.
Following a thorough presentation and discussions, the Cabinet endorsed the Urban Resilience Plan for Greater Basseterre, recognizing its potential to transform the city into a more resilient, sustainable, and vibrant hub for its residents and businesses.