The Rich Coast Project uses storytelling, digital archiving and interdisciplinary research to protect cultural heritage and land ownership.
Mission and History
The Rich Coast Project aims to explore the impact of Costa Rican conservation policy on land tenure and livelihoods for native Afro-descendent communities of Costa Rica’s southern Caribbean coast. Our goal is to coordinate community storytelling, digital archiving, and legal research to connect local experience to national and international law, promoting local cultural and legal empowerment, generating conversation about rights in conflict (i.e. environment vs development), and creating linkages to influence better policy.
The Project began as a research project of Katherine Beck while a law student at Northeastern University. It became a Massachusetts nonprofit in April 2013, and received 501c3 status through fiscal sponsorship with Fractured Atlas in September 2013. We have developed partnerships with Northeastern University School of Law’s Social Justice Program, the Archival Studies Program at Simmons College, and the Center for Digital Storytelling. In Costa Rica, we are advised by several local advocates and attorneys, and are working with residents and artists to develop our programming. Harvard Law Library’s Kyle Courtney is also an advisor to the project.
The project will work with local advocates to produce a collective memory of the area and its people through … Read More »