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The employment of collecting pine tree resin was destroyed by the fire in the forests of Greece

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Agdines (Greece), Aug 22 (AP) For generations, residents of the Greek northern island of Evia had made a living by logging into dense pine forests, extracting resins (a sticky substance derived from trees). But the recent forest fire destroyed everything. Aleppo pine resin is used to protect against pests and diseases and is a major source of income for hundreds of families. However, there is no forest left now. The deadliest fires in the history of Greece in decades devastated the forests of northern Evia earlier this month. by the fire

Agdines (Greece), Aug 22 (AP) For generations, residents of the Greek northern island of Evia had made a living by logging into dense pine forests, extracting resins (a sticky substance derived from trees). But the recent forest fire destroyed everything. Aleppo pine resin is used to protect against pests and diseases and is a major source of income for hundreds of families. However, there is no forest left now. The deadliest fires in the history of Greece in decades devastated the forests of northern Evia earlier this month. Homes and businesses were damaged by the fire and thousands had to flee for their lives.

According to locals, this damage has affected not only this year’s crop but also the employment of future generations. Everything was ruined and turned to ashes, says 48-year-old Christos Livas. The father of four children used to collect livas resins.

Humans have been using resin since ancient times and nowadays it is found in everything from paints to medicines, plastics and cosmetic items. Northern Ivia is the second largest island in Greece. According to the local people, 80 percent of the pine resin produced in Greece was here and 70 percent of the honey of the pine was produced here.

Livas said it would take more than two decades for trees to grow as large as resin-bearing trees and nearly twice as long to produce honey.

He said that he would now have to find another job to feed his four children. He said that the youth of 30 years will also have to go elsewhere and find another employment for himself.

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The government has said that all those affected by the fire will be compensated. But residents of northern Ivia say no compensation can compensate for the loss to their source of livelihood in the coming decades.

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