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Published on Monday, September 27, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The southern zone border, between Costa Rica and Panama, where the Sixaola River basin is located, in Limón Province is an area mostly habited by indigenous and Afro-descendant populations living in poverty.

Elected officials met to organize and help the impoverished populations, including among other government representatives, Vice President of Costa Rica Marvin Rodríguez Cordero, and Janaina Tewaney the Minister of Government of Panama.

The meeting was supported by representatives of the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, which is a UN agency aimed at improving reproductive and maternal health worldwide.

"Talamanca and Changuinola are territories of indigenous Bribris, Cabécares, Chibchas, Ngäbe bugles, Afro-descendant Costa Rican people and Afro-descendant Panamanians, where ethnic diversities merge in a melting pot of races, culture, history, multi-diverse and cultural ancestry," Harold Robinson, UNFPA Regional Director said.

According to Robinson, these people are the populations where the greatest inequalities are concentrated, which today are increasing due to the impacts of the covid-19 pandemic and the relentless effects of climate change.

Among the most important agreements reached by authorities to help the population living in the border zone are: developing an aid strategy agreement, creating plans to develop the zones in sectors such as tourism, risk management and sustainable development.

The authorities also agreed to develop plans and monitor progress.

Last week, authorities began an investigation to better understand why women living in indigenous territories lack proficiency in the Spanish language.

What have you heard of programs to help indigenous populations? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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