This publication is part of a series produced by the Energy Division of the Infrastructure and Environment Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. It is designed to increase the knowledge base about the composition and organization of the energy sector of Latin American and Caribbean countries. Each dossier describes the energy matrix of the country under analysis and then examines the institutional organization and regulatory framework of the energy sector in that country. This energy dossier focuses on Grenada.
Grenada has all the attributes necessary for the existence of commercial quality geothermal systems. Reservoirs may be within fractures in the central part of the island where the volcanic is thick enough reach depths of several thousand feet. Plausibly, the underlying carbonate formations may be involved in the northern part the island, particularly beneath Cantle Hill and Chambord.
Grenada, like other small island developing states in the Caribbean, has certain inherent characteristics that make it vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate variability and change. These include a limited reserve capacity to handle the effects of natural hazards as well as its location in the path of tropical cyclones of the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea. Additionally, most of the islands’ infrastructure is located within the coastal zone, making it particularly vulnerable to the impacts of sea level rise and coastal flooding.
It became clear from the Gender Impact Assessment of Hurricane Ivan undertaken in Grenada from 13–19 February 2005 that the existing gender inequities in the society rendered women and their dependent children uniquely vulnerable.
This report was written and recommendations formulated in the contemporary context of reconstruction in Grenada and the population’s awareness of the imminence of another hurricane season for the Caribbean and made recommendations in the areas of education, health, livelihood, and safety, in the context of gender equity.
Hurricane Ivan struck Grenada on September 7, 2004 and one year later a group of researchers undertook an analysis of the impact of relief work.
Large-scale efforts had been mounted by Grenadian Government agencies, the private sector and civil society in Grenada. Several bilateral and multi-lateral agencies as well as international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) provided considerable assistance.