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Finding sustainable ways to extract forest products in the Amazon (Arabic)

These reserves are based on the premise that traditional communities that gather forest products, such as rubber and Brazil nuts, can also be good stewards of natural resources and help avoid the environmental impact of more intensive types of land use, such as cattle ranching. The idea of extractive reserves was originally proposed by the Amazonian rubber tappers in the state of Acre in the 1970s. The rubber tappers movement gained worldwide visibility when its leader, Chico Mendes, was assassinated in 1988. The Extractive Reserves Project is helping to transform Chico Mendes’ dream into reality by strengthening the local reserve associations and supporting the development of new agroforestry crops and forest products and sustainable production techniques.

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Finding sustainable ways to extract forest products in the Amazon (Arabic). Results profile Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/120771468014963159/Finding-sustainable-ways-to-extract-forest-products-in-the-Amazon