Source: (2006) Paper from "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities, Part 2," the IIRP’s 8th International Conference on Conferencing, Circles and other Restorative Practices, October 18-20, 2006, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.

Conte Burica is one of the indigenous territories of Costa Rica most difficult to access. This is due to the poor road conditions, only accessible during the dry seasons by four-wheel drive vehicle, and to the distance that separates it from more greatly populated areas. Its location, in the extreme south of the country – on a narrow point adjacent to Panama – makes it easier to access by ocean or through the neighbouring country. The steep and extreme geography of tall mountains and cliffs that drop down to the ocean and crumble on extensive and hidden beaches, makes access to services more difficult and complicated; without exception the administration of justice. The situation is aggravated by the fact that the population has very few resources, and lives on subsistence agriculture. (excerpt)


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