Rubber and Resins

Rubber extracted from Hevea brasiliense is an important economic activity for many rubber-tapper communities that live in the Brazilian Amazon. Rubber extraction was recognized as such an important activity for local people that in the 1980s "extractive reserves" were officially designated to protect the forests and ensure the livelihoods of the local people. Chicle from Manilkara zapota has long been an important NTFP in Peten, a region in Guatemala that contains many important forest resources.

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