Overview Having gained independence from Britain on 7 February 1974, Grenada known as the ‘Spice Isle, is a parliamentary representative democracy, with the Prime Minister as head of Government. The country, home to 112,523 people, is a sovereign state located in the Caribbean Sea, consisting of Grenada, Carriacou, Petite Martinique and several smaller, uninhabited islands.
Main Initiatives UNDP has a dedicated space in Saint George’s, the capital city provided by the Government of Grenada with three members of staff.
UNDP’s main project in Grenada is Ridge to Reef (R2R) - “ Implementing a ‘Ridge to Reef’ approach to protecting biodiversity and ecosystem functions within and around Protected Areas (PAs) in Grenada”. The objective of this project is to improve the resilience of the biodiversity and ecosystem functions associated with marine and terrestrial Protected Areas (PAs) in Grenada. The Protected Areas' improved defence against threats such as Climate Change will be realised through the adoption of an integrated “Ridge to Reef” approach that applies targeted sustainable land management practices. This project is possible thanks to the financial support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and it is implemented by the Ministry of Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry, Fisheries, Disaster Management and Information.
The Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF-SGP) has been operational in Grenada since 1994 and works to strengthen national capacities, by providing financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment, while enhancing people's wellbeing and livelihoods. Throughout its work, the GEF-SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives. The programme has assisted the women of Petite Martinique with the implementation of an aquaponics system in a solar-powered greenhouse, to help reduce the reliance on imports and provide a healthy source of fresh available food on the arid island, year-round.
In the context of the Climate Promise, UNDP has offered support to revise Grenada’s Nationally Determined Contributions and assist with the implementation of one select intervention such as replacement of public lighting with LED bulbs.
Additionally, as part of a phased approach towards sustainable waste management, environmental protection and health, the Ministry of Climate Resilience, the Environment, Forestry, Fisheries, Disaster Management, and Information announced a policy to reduce single-use plastics. UNDP is supporting national efforts for the implementation of the Non-biodegradable Waste Control Act through education and awareness initiatives, including the creation of informational posters, flyers and videos as well as the provision of reusable canvas bags as an alternative to plastic.
Discussion with relevant ministries on the establishment of a Technical Assistance and Investment Facility to boost public and private investment flows into Blue Economy key sectors are currently ongoing.
Grenada is also one of the beneficiary countries of CariSECURE. This project is aimed at reducing the incidence of crime by youth, promoting the development of policies which address violence and facilitate effective programming in eight Southern and Eastern Caribbean countries through the use of quality, comparable and reliable national citizen security information. CariSECURE is funded by the United States Agency for International Development Mission for Eastern and Southern Caribbean (USAID).
Currently, UNDP is supporting the COVID-19 emergency response in Grenada, partnering with the Government in the production of an Economic and Human Development Impact Assessment, with the collaboration of UNICEF and UN Women. The support package of UNDP will include assistance to SMEs who wish to reinvent themselves through online, digital and HomeSafe delivery business lines.
Finally, UNDP is leading two pillars of the Grenada Spotlight Initiative, which supports a comprehensive national programme to contribute to the end of family violence and all forms of violence against women and girls in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. The programme is comprised of six outcome areas of which UNDP leads the implementation of Outcomes 1 and 5, with UN Women, UNICEF and PAHO leading the implementation of others. Under Outcome 1, the programme will address the legislative and policy gaps that create an environment of impunity as it relates to family violence while under Outcome 5, the Initiative will ensure that data relevant to family violence in Grenada, Petite Martinique and Carriacou is rigorously collected and effectively used to improve prevention and response.
For more information on Grenada, please view the Human Development Report Briefing Note for this country.
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