The Jamaican government is planning to map all the squatter communities on the island, a Jamaican radio station reports. This could be a good move, a prelude towards recognition of squatting as a legitimate enterprise. But, ominously, the Ministry of Land and the Environment has announced that it will set up zero-tolerance zones, where informal settlers will not be tolerated. And what will become of the longstanding squatter settlements that are in these 'no-go' zones?
A better strategy would be to work with the squatters to map their own communities. Including them in the process will make these maps a point of community pride.