Antigua and Barbuda consists of the three islands of Antigua, Barbuda, and Redonda. They are situated near the centre of the Caribbean archipelago. Around 30 percent of the total population of 90,000 (the 2001 Population and Housing Census projection for 2010) lives in cities. Population growth, the changing structure of the economy, and the process of urbanization and commercialization are exerting severe pressure on available land resources and housing. According to Mr. Carlos Browne, Chief Housing Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Housing, and the Environment, the current demand for housing stands at about 5,000 homes. This is quite high and represents close to 6 percent of the national population. In addition, hurricanes and storms often strike Antigua and Barbuda. Hurricane Luis, which occurred in the year 1995, was the most devastating in recent years. It damaged or destroyed 90 percent of buildings in the country (Antigua and Barbuda: National Urban Profile 2011).
Phase 1: Urban profiling – completed
Phase 2: Action planning and programme document formulation – starting
Phase 3: Project implementation – forthcoming