Only in the Amazon rainforest rubber trees grow wildly. Rubber tappers collect the latex, which is the sap of the trees in the deepness of the rainforest. The trees can be productive for generations. The latex is brought to a production unit near the family’s house where the liquid will coagulate into rubber. The production method is easy, clean and smoke-free. Each family help to conserve an average of 360 hectares when they are able to make a living from this rainforest product. Because of this, rubber tappers are considered guardians of the Amazon rainforest.
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The TEA, FDL, FSA and MBS are all new materials of social innovation in the Amazon rainforest. They are opportunities for better income generation by local communities within an eco-friendly system of making rubber. The new methods have an important role in the inclusion of women and young adults in the production chain of natural rubber.
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S O C I O B I O D I V E R S I T Y
By making a living from wild rubber, locals keep living in the rainforest in a sustainable way and protect large areas of native Amazon rainforest. Local populations have a political influence over preserved areas. Supporting the rainforest micro-economies mean to avoid deforestation, mining, cattle ranch, the abandonment of green. It also means to preserve great knowledge about local fauna and flora. In a sentence, it is to act in pro of the Amazon rainforest and of the whole planet.