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We have concluded the 2023/2024 Planting Season!

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We are happy to announce that we have successfully completed another planting season in the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor! At the moment, our field team is consolidating the final numbers to present to you, but we can say that we have made progress in creating one of the largest ecological corridors in the world!

This season, we started by planting seedlings, continued with direct sowing and left natural regeneration to be carried out in the last months of the rainy season.

We are very proud of our field team, who spared no effort to achieve the goals we had set at the beginning of 2023. And even with all the unforeseen events, such as the storm that hit the nursery last October, they managed to deliver incredible results!

Preparations for the 2024/2025 Planting Season

But that doesn’t mean the work is over! On the contrary, while we count the results achieved in this rainy season, we are already focusing on preparations for the 2024/2025 Planting Season.

In the coming months, we will focus on defining the areas that will be planted in a few months, organizing all logistics, hiring reinforcements for our team, purchasing native seeds collected by Ressemear and producing seedlings in our recently rebuilt nursery.

There will be months of intense work leading up to the official start of the next planting season. And we can guarantee that we are looking forward to putting new seedlings and seeds in the soil of the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor!

Would you like to join us in realizing one of the longest biodiversity corridors on Earth? Become one of the First 600 to join our mission of hope and action HERE.

Black Jaguar Foundation presents at Legal Amazon Environmental Forum

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The Black Jaguar Foundation was invited to present at the Forum of Environmental Secretaries of the Legal Amazon, organized in Rio Branco (AC).

During the event, Marcelle Grumberg, our articulation coordinator, participated in the panel “Economic and environmental impact of forest restoration: innovative strategies from the private sector”, moderated by the general head of EMBRAPA from Acre.

Throughout the panel, Marcelle had the opportunity to explain our ecological restoration project, exchange experiences with other sectors and promote the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor for the states that are part of the Legal Amazon.

Watch the presentation in Portuguese (it starts on 08:00):

We would like to thank SEMA do Acre, especially Secretary Julie Messias, for this incredible opportunity to promote the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor to the states of the Legal Amazon!

Would you like to join us in realizing one of the longest biodiversity corridors on Earth? Become one of the First 600 to join our mission of hope and action HERE.

Farmer partnerships: symbolic planting between generations to reinforce the importance of preserving our forests

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Ecological restoration is a legacy that passes from generation to generation. And for our project to be successful, it is necessary to create collective awareness about the importance of preserving and restoring our forests – not only among partner rural landowners, but among the children who will be responsible for that area in the future.

To celebrate this commitment and raise awareness among future generations, this year we carried out the symbolic planting of native trees with our rural landowner partner and his nephew! Check out the video below:

These trees will grow together with the children who, in the future, will be responsible for protecting our forests.

We are extremely proud to have partners who, like us, are aware that preserving and restoring our forests is the path to a better future for everyone.

Would you like to join us in realizing one of the longest biodiversity corridors on Earth? Become one of the First 600 to join our mission of hope and action HERE.

Stronger than ever, the BJF nursery begins producing seedlings for the next rainy season

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As many of you already know, in October last year, our nursery was hit by a strong storm with strong winds in Santana do Araguaia (PA). At the time, we lost several seedlings that would be taken to the restoration areas and our inside nursery suffered severe damage to its structure.

BEFORE THE STORM

AFTER THE STORM

After a fundraising campaign and thanks to contributions from our supporters, during March, we were able to rebuild our large-scale nursery with a reinforced structure to make our nursery stronger and more resilient than ever!

Check out the video that our field team prepared to show you what our new shade house is like:

START OF SEEDLING PRODUCTION FOR THE NEXT PLANTING SEASON

With the nursery rebuilt and operating at full capacity, the BJF Nursery Team has already started producing seedlings that will be planted in the next rainy season. Check out some images of the Black Jaguar Foundation Nursery, all green and full of future trees from the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor:

Would you like to join us in realizing one of the longest biodiversity corridors on Earth? Become one of the First 600 to join our mission of hope and action HERE.

The 2023/2024 planting season is coming successfully to an end

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The rainy season is coming to an end in the Araguaia region and, with it, another planting season!

Our field team has already completed the planting of seedlings, direct seeding and is now conducting the natural regeneration on the last hectares of this season. At the same time the team is carrying out maintenance on the areas restored in previous years, caring for what already has been planted and helping the ecosystem flourish and come back.

Check out some images of the team planting the seedlings produced in our nursery:

During the month of March, we focused on direct seeding, using the seeds collected by Ressemear (Araguaia Seed Network). We are currently concentrating our efforts on conducting the natural regeneration of the last hectares planned for this planting season and maintaining the areas restored in previous years.

The plan is that another successful planting season will be completed in the coming weeks! And as the field team doesn’t stop, we are already planning the next rainy season and producing seedlings in our nursery – which has been rebuilt and is operating at full capacity.

Would you like to join us in realizing one of the longest biodiversity corridors on Earth? Become one of the First 600 to join our mission of hope and action HERE.

British School Brasília is the newest partner of Black Jaguar Foundation

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We’re thrilled to introduce the British School of Brasília, one of our newest partners at Black Jaguar Foundation! Every year, the school selects a non-profit organization to learn about and support. For this year, the institution’s students chose the Black Jaguar Foundation! 

As a school in Brazil, students and teachers are aware of the importance of preserving the Amazon Rainforest and the Cerrado savanna, for Brazil and for the entire world. The British School of Brasilia plans to create more fundraising opportunities to further support the Black Jaguar Foundation. To celebrate the donation, our initiator, Ben Valks, has prepared a thank you video. Check it out: 

About the British School of Brasília

As part of The British Schools Foundation, one of the leading educational foundations in the world, British School Brasília offers one of the best school experiences in the city. Founded in 2016, the school has grown exponentially and now provides top-notch education for students from early years (Early Childhood Education), Elementary School I and II, and High School at our campus in Lago Sul. 

Would you like to join us in realizing one of the longest biodiversity corridors on Earth? Become one of the First 600 to join our mission of hope and action HERE.

De Heus Animal Nutrition visits corridor and strengthens partnership with rural producers

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Last month our long-term partner De Heus represented by Rinus Donkers (LATAM director) and Ademir Pereira (Business Manager at De Heus Brasil), visited the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor and had the opportunity to witness firsthand the environmental restoration preservation impact and the results of joint efforts between De Heus, Black Jaguar Foundation, and local farmers!

During his first visit to the project, Rinus Donkers emphasized the importance of building trust between Black Jaguar Foundation, local communities, rural landowners, and members of Ressemear (Araguaia Seed Network).  

“During the gathering, organized by Black Jaguar to introduce us to producers and government authorities in the region, it became evident that it’s possible to reconcile production with preservation, which pleasantly surprises us. After all, what we are doing together is leaving a legacy for future generations, making it possible to achieve a more sustainable production model. It was gratifying to witness the progress made and the potential of this partnership between Black Jaguar, De Heus, and producers, which has proven beneficial for all involved!” he declared. 

While visiting the restoration areas, Rinus highlighted that “even the most skeptical producers now support the organization and are open to receiving people to show this. It’s truly impressive to see how reforested riparian areas, planted around a year and a half to four years ago, have transformed into real forests, with a biodiversity of at least thirty to seventy different species.” 

In addition to the restoration areas, we also visited the Black Jaguar seedling nursery and talked with members of Ressemear, initiatives directly supported by De Heus. 

To conclude the visit, we took the chance to exchange experiences and socialize with the project’s partner rural landowners. 

READ: DE HEUS VISITS BLACK JAGUAR FOUNDATION’S ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION AREAS IN PARÁ

Would you like to join us in realizing one of the longest biodiversity corridors on Earth? Become one of the First 600 to join our mission of hope and action HERE.

World Water Day: The Importance of Spring Preservation

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March 22nd marks World Water Day! This year, we want to underscore the importance of preserving springs for the balance of aquatic ecosystems, biodiversity restoration and natural resource preservation—as well as for sustainable development and the quality of life of communities depending on these water sources. 

Water is a fundamental resource for life, for both humans and ecosystems. Preserving springs is crucial for ensuring the supply of drinking water and maintaining the balance of aquatic ecosystems. 

Therefore, seeking ways to preserve these springs is vital. Small actions, such as avoiding deforestation in areas near springs, promoting the restoration of riparian forests, and adopting sustainable water use practices, can make a significant difference. 

With this purpose in mind, the Black Jaguar Foundation develops actions that promote ecological restoration, thus conserving watercourses and their respective springs. 

Check out the image below of a small spring identified during field validation work by our validation analyst, Matheus Fonseca, which will soon have its surroundings restored: 

Matheus Fonseca also prepared content directly from one of our partner rural properties to demonstrate how simple actions can preserve springs and ensure a healthy ecosystem: 

Would you like to join us in realizing one of the longest biodiversity corridors on Earth? Become one of the First 600 to join our mission of hope and action HERE.

Laís D’Isep, seed production analyst at BJF, is featured in the #SheRestors campaign by Restor.eco!

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On International Women’s Day, Restor.eco launched a campaign to share stories of women dedicated to the conservation and restoration of natureand guess what? Laís D’Isep, our seed production analyst and responsible for mobilizing Ressemear (Araguaia Seed Network), was one of the highlights in the community leadership category! 

Among over 18,000 stories within the Restor Community, there are countless brilliant and resilient women dedicating their days to making a positive impact on nature and local populations. 

Given so many inspiring examples, we’re proud that Laís’ work in leading Ressemear was one of the five highlights selected to feature in the #SheRestors campaign. It’s a fantastic opportunity for more people to learn about this initiative that generates income and employment for local communities in the Araguaia region. 

Would you like to join us in realizing one of the longest biodiversity corridors on Earth? Become one of the First 600 to join our mission of hope and action HERE.

Black Jaguar & UvA-Orkest J.Pzn Sweelinck Orchestra: benefit concert for the planet

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Last Friday March 1st, we had the opportunity to host, together with the J.Pzn Sweelinck UvA Orchestra (University of Amsterdam), a benefit concert to raise funds for the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor.

The concert was hold in a special venue in Amsterdam, in an old church in the center of Amsterdam, which allows for an amazing place for a (classical) concert as well as for us to (re)present Black Jaguar Foundation.

Our initiator, Ben Valks, presented Black Jaguar Foundation and after the amazing concert we had the opportunity to socialize with all the supporters. We celebrated a GREAT evening together with partners, family, friends, and potential partners.

We would like to happily share some images of the event and thank all of you for the continuous support. Together we are realizing one of the biggest ecological restoration projects on Earth and creating a better world for the future generations!

Would you like to join us in realizing one of the longest biodiversity corridors on Earth? Become one of the First 600 to join our mission of hope and action HERE.