Centre pour la protection de la biodiversité et l'utilisation durable des ressources naturelles (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).


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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


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

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 Prix Equateur 2008

Latin America And The Caribbean

 Conservation de la biodiversité

 Foresterie durable


Informations sur le contact

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


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