Centre for Biodiversity Protection and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources (Poloprobio)

May 28, 2017







Centre for Biodiversity Protection and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources (Poloprobio)

This research institute, based in the Brazilian state of Acre, devised a method for the artisanal processing of raw latex obtained from Hevea brasiliensis rubber trees, suitable for small-scale production in forest-based communities of indigenous rubber tappers in the Brazilian Amazon. Replicating the technology is a highly individualized process, taking into account the social and cultural setting of each client community as well as the difficulties of establishing forest-based production.

The technology is currently being used at eleven sites across four Brazilian states, benefitting a total of 600 people, including communities from the indigenous Kaxinawá, Shanenawa, Apurinã, and Kaxarari tribes. A kilogram of rubber processed by conventional methods is typically sold at around BRL 3.50 (USD 2.20); when processed into high-quality products using Poloprobio's method, one kilogram of rubber is now worth on average BRL 50.00 (USD 30).


Key Facts 

Equator Prize Winner: 2008

Founded: 1998

Location: Acre, Amazonas, Rondônia and Pará

Beneficiaries: Indigenous and traditional rubber tappers

Biodiversity: Up to 180,000 ha of forest protected


Case Study

Download English

Download Portuguese








Find other Winners' Case Studies in our E-Library

Related Multimedia Resources

Polo de Proteção da Biodiversidade e Uso Sustentável dos Recursos Naturais – Brazil (PT)

Visit our Multimedia Center to explore our video gallery.

 Equator Prize 2008

Latin America And The Caribbean

 Biodiversity Conservation

 Sustainable Forestry


Contact Information

Francisco Samonek
Bairro Distrito Industrial, - Rio Branco , Acre CEP: 69917-400 Brasil
(55) 68 3229 6291


Share this page: