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UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

By | Allgemein

We have entered the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration! From this year and until 2030, humanity must make efforts to protect and restore ecosystems all over the planet.

The decade was instituted by the United Nations General Assembly. The idea is to build a large-scale movement for restoration, uniting nations, scientists and organizations. With the motto “ten years to restore the planet, ten actions that count”, the initiative takes place precisely in the timeframe established by scientists as critical to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

The decade was instituted by the United Nations General Assembly. The idea is to build a large-scale movement for restoration, uniting nations, scientists and organizations. With the motto “ten years to restore the planet, ten actions that count”, the initiative takes place precisely in the timeframe established by scientists as critical to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

The actions proposed by the UN are: empowering a global movement, financing restoration on the ground, setting the right incentives, celebrating leadership, shifting behaviours, investing in research, building up capacity, celebrating a culture of restoration, building up the next generation and constant learning and listening.

With an ambitious goal of restoring 1 million hectares of degraded areas along the Araguaia River basin, the Black Jaguar Foundation is proud to be part of this historic moment. Restoring this part of the Cerrado Savanna and Amazon rainforest is of vital importance for the future of the next generations around the world. In this Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, will you join us to make history and change the fate of our planet?

Find out more about how you can get involved today!
Donate a treeFirst600 
info@black-jaguar.org

Written by Dimitrio Schievenin – Project Coordinator

First Black Jaguar Foundation Billboards hit the streets

By | Allgemein

This year you’ll be seeing even more of the Black Jaguar Foundation with our first national Billboard campaign in the Netherlands! Seen here lighting the way to Schiphol airport on twin billboards…

With the launch of our Donate a Tree page, anyone can now donate any number of trees and become part of this huge reforestation mission. Now we just need to spread the word. Look out for our billboards around the Netherlands as we’ll have more launching throughout the year!

This is just the beginning and with your support, we’ll continue to grow and be able to plant many, many more trees. A huge thank you to Hillenaar outdoors for their support with their perfectly placed, digital billboard.s

While so much of our amazing community exists around the world, all of our work is for the purpose of planting millions of trees in Brazil. To do this we need local partnerships with landowners who allow us to restore their land. And so, we also have billboards in the Araguaia region in Brazil, promoting partnerships to local landowners.

This is one small part of our increasing work to increase engagement with these local stakeholders! In 2020, we launched a Whatsapp video awareness campaign, radio advertisements, and in 2021 we will commence an in-depth research study into landscape governance in the region. These local partners are the heroes of our project and it’s about creating a win-win for the communities and our planet!

UN Climate Ambition Summit: Movida talks sustainability and the BJF

By | Allgemein

The United Nations, United Kingdom, and France were proud to be co-hosting the Climate Ambition Summit 2020, in partnership with Chile and Italy. This was a monumental step on the road to the UK-hosted COP26 next November in Glasgow.

It brought together leaders who are ready to make new commitments to tackle climate change and deliver on the Paris Agreement, five years since it was adopted on December 12, 2015.

Leaders across government, business, and civil society gathered for this online summit as the world deals with coronavirus. But the science is as urgent as ever and tells us that we need to limit the rise in global temperature to 1.5C degrees. We know climate change will not wait. Action must be taken now, together, for our planet, so we can build back better.

Renato Franklin, Movida CEO, was the only Brazilian delegate to speak at the 2020 Climate Ambition Summit. He reflected on the progress Movida has made this year and highlighted their milestone partnership with the Black Jaguar Foundation.

Movida Car Rental is committed to changing the way their business operates and putting sustainability at the core of their business model.

This revolves around three key areas; “The first is mitigation, using renewable fuels and electric cars. The second is compensation: we neutralize our emissions and those of our customers…and the third pillar is adaptation.”

Watch on-demand now >>>

Tarcila Ursini is BJF’s first Brazilian Ambassador

By | Allgemein

We would be nowhere without our amazing supporters and donors and so we’re honoured to announce our newest and first brazilian ambassador, who will represent our community and help to share our work with the world!

Tarcila Ursini is bringing her wealth of knowledge and experience to our world-renowned group of Ambassadors and has in the past years been instrumental in progressing our work in Brazil! 

Tarcila plays a prominent role in the sustainable development of the Brazilan business sector and in addition to working as an independent advisor to large companies, impact startups and civil society organizations, also lectures on the theme of governance, sustainability and the new economy. Since being introduced to the BJF in 2019 she has been an un-official ambassador and so we’re excited to formally have her as part of the team.

View Tarcila’s profile >>>

2020 Reforestation Round-up

By | News Home

Celebrating you and all the life you are helping to restore!

Let’s end 2020 on a high and remember some of the milestones from the year. In the interest of looking forward to all the trees to come, we’re also thinking about the challenges for 2021 and how we’ll be can overcome these together!

30,000 Trees planted…

…through November and December at Fazenda Santa Fé. These are the first seedlings of our first million trees! With 76,000 trees planted in our pilot phase, over 100,00 trees have now been planted. With 970,000 more to come next year! 

Our first ever webinar!

2020 meant finding new ways to keep you updated on what we’ve been up to. In September, Together with the lead researcher of the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor Impact Study, Andrea Luchessi, and expert panelists from our Brazilian Advisory Board, we discussed how large-scale restoration can be a part of Brazil’s sustainable future.

Launch of our Donate a tree page!

Now you can donate any amount, big or small and become a crucial part of this huge reforestation mission…Click here to find out more about the 12 crucial stages involved in the cycle of restoration! 

As our planting work expands, so does our team…

This year we welcomed Carlos Willyan, Piet-Hein, and Carol to our core team, not to mention our amazing planting team which grows year upon year. Next year we’ll need an additional 300 team members in the field to complete the planting of the first million trees!

2020: the year of partnership!

So many new and renewed partnerships have been formed this year. In such uncertain times, this has been an amazing testament to our sponsors’ commitment to preserving our planet. To name just a few of our amazing partners from 2020…

A couple of our highlights with the partners supporting the planting of our first million trees, Movida Car Rental and One Tree Planted…

Joining forces with One Tree Planted and being part of their campaign with Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín

In June this year, we partnered with One Tree Planted and we were matched to plant the trees from Héctor Bellerín’s campaign to donate 3,000 trees for every Arsenal win! Along with private contributions, 58,617 trees were raised!

Movida and actor Cássio Reis visited the project…

…showcasing the work going on, the commitment of our team, and the impact of Movida’s carbon-free initiative, in this inspiring video…

…Not to forget the heroes of our project, our partner farmers!

Our local landowner community is growing and making this reforestation possible by working with us to restore their degraded land.

Thank you so much for all of your support through 2020 and we invite you to join us to continue to bring more life and hope in 2021.

Warmest wishes,

The BJF Team

Your SOS Araguaia campaign Accountability report

By | News Home

Since 2017 the Black Jaguar Foundation has been working with the ecological restoration of degraded Legal Reserves (RLs) and Permanent Preservation Areas (PPAs) in the region of Santana do Araguaia (PA) and Caseara (TO). Our goal is to restore approximately 1 million ha along the 2600km length of the Araguaia River Corridor.

CAMPAIGN SUMMARY

In October 2020, the advance of the fires in the region surprised us and was the first time we saw our restoration areas threatened by the flames.

Thanks to a great joint effort of our partners Movida Aluguel de Carros, Instituto Capitalismo Consciente and 101 donors like you, we were able to raise R$20,810.33 in record time with the SOS-Araguaia campaign.

Together we helped the local brigade of Parque do Cantão (TO) with food, equipment and also supported vulnerable families to help rebuild what the fires destroyed.

“We all have the power to change. What are you waiting for?”

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

SEE WHERE YOUR MONEY WENT!

Honouring the commitment of transparency with your financial support of the SOS-Araguaia campaign, we share the following figures showing how the collected funds were put to use, and photographic records of the courageous action taken by the fire brigade of Parque do Cantão (TO).

WHAT NEXT?

Our goal for 2021 is to support the development and training of the municipal fire brigades of Santana do Araguaia (PA) and Caseara (TO), and to put in preventive measures so that the region where we operate does not suffer again from fires like those that spread in 2020.

On behalf of the hundreds of people benefited by the SOS-Araguaia campaign, we thank you for your support and belief in our work!

We will work to make 2021 a year where we celebrate much life, and zero fires in the region!

Warmest wishes,

Black Jaguar Foundation Team

All the work of the Black Jaguar Foundation would not be possible without you and our dedicated partners.

SOS Araguaia campaign partners

By | News Home

AUCTION

“Às margens do Rio Araguaia”

To celebrate and support the Araguaia Corridor, the Brazilian artist Andréa Tolaini has painted the work of art “On the banks of the Araguaia”, in honour of the Black Jaguar Foundation.

To celebrate and support the Araguaia Corridor, the Brazilian artist Andréa Tolaini has painted the work of art “On the banks of the Araguaia”, in honour of the Black Jaguar Foundation.

Representing our deep connection with nature, this work highlights the jaguar, the symbol of Biodiversity in Brazil and the guardian of life on the Araguaia.

80% of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Black Jaguar Foundation. The buyer will also receive a certificate to celebrate that 100 native trees will be planted in their name, in the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor, in addition, they will also receive a window in the First 600 Campaign.

Participate by bidding through the link below!

Representing our deep connection with nature, this work highlights the jaguar, the symbol of Biodiversity in Brazil and the guardian of life on the Araguaia.

80% of the proceeds from the auction will go to the Black Jaguar Foundation. The buyer will also receive a certificate to celebrate that 100 native trees will be planted in their name, in the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor, in addition, they will also receive a window in the First 600 Campaign.

Participate by bidding through the link below!

About the art

This work represents the resistance of all nature around the Araguaia River. Resistance in existing. The riverine people, the indigenous people, the fauna and flora.

In the centre is the tree, which represents the great ancient soul of the forest, protected by the beings around it and protecting them in the same way.

The river, in the work, represents the force that sustains all the other elements. The water, maternal, feminine, as the generating base of life.

The sun as the masculine force, and the representation of what gives strength and nourishment to life.

The two jaguars present are the guardians of the surroundings of the Araguaia River, and also, one more symbol of the feminine and masculine. This almost mythical figure from Brazil; the jaguar represents in the work everything that, even if we do not see it, acts on life on earth.

Finally, the people who inhabit the forest, their use of land and water, are represented as nurturers of their existence.

Technique: Acrylic paint on canvas.
Size: 90cm x 90cm
Artist: Andréa Tolaini

Give life this Festive Season

By | News Home

Will you join us and make this festive season the year to give the gift of life?

For the first time, you’ll be able to give the gift of a new native tree with the Black Jaguar Foundation. You can give this gift of life to a loved one, a friend, a colleague or you can simply donate in your own name. A gift from you, to our planet.

Will you bring more life, more beauty and more hope this festive season?

With your gift, you will directly help to preserve our planet, and a future that we will all share in together. In celebration of this, you, or the recipient of your gift, will receive a personalised certificate, showing them where these new native trees will be planted.

For just 5 euros we carry each of the 12 steps in the BJF restoration process. From creating local partnerships, to purchasing the seeds, to planting, to 3-years of monitoring and maintenance.

Find out more…

We want you to help us spread the news and let everyone know that we’ve got the solution to your holiday gift-giving.

HOW TO JOIN THIS CAMPAIGN :

STEP 1 : GIVE THE GIFT OF TREES HERE 
STEP 2 : CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR CAMPAIGN IMAGE & TEXT OR WRITE YOUR OWN STORY
STEP 3 : SHARE THE LOVE AND POST ABOUT THE AMAZING GIFT YOU’VE JUST GIVEN ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA
#TreesAreTheSolution

30,000 trees being planted in Santana do Araguaia!

By | News Home

In the region where we work, planting season happens from October to March. This means our team is currently working hard to plant as many trees as possible before the rainy season ends. In an utterly strange year, your continued support has made this planting season possible. 

This limited planting season all depends on the rains. We need to make sure there is enough water in the soil so that the newly planted trees have a good supply so that their growth won’t be stifled!

We are currently planting at Fazenda Santa Fé. Where, in total, approximately 30,000 trees will be planted via two methods, the planting on seedlings, and the direct seeding method. Towards the end of November and into December we’ll be moving onto Fazenda Cedro and Fazenda do Futuro EcoAraguaia!

In the months and years to come, the impact of all these new trees will become apparent and we can’t wait to share this with you! This planting season also marks the official start of the planting of our first million trees. By 2022 these million trees will be in the ground. The next goal? 10 million trees! Will you continue to be part of this huge reforestation mission?

Webinar: Conscious Capitalism, Carbon Capture & the BJF

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CONSCIOUS CAPITALISM, BLACK JAGUAR FOUNDATION AND MOVIDA

On October 28, 2020, the Conscious Capitalism Institute hosted a very special webinar 

During this Webinar, we discussed the role of business in global climate change mitigation.

After an introduction to the Conscious Capitalism Institute, BJF Founder Ben Valks shared the story of the Black Jaguar Foundation and updated us all on some of the latest progress from the huge Araguaia Corridor Project.

Next, we heard from Movida Rental Cars, BJF partner, and one of the first publicly traded B-corp certificated companies in Brazil. Movida shared how it is developing its strategy to reach the commitment to be Carbon Neutral by 2030, and why they chose to support the Black Jaguar Foundation by planting 1 million native trees in the Araguaia Corridor by the beginning of 2022!

Later broadening the discussion to explore possible ways for companies to strengthen their awareness and actions towards carbon mitigation.

To finish, opening up to questions from the audience which covered a wide range of topics; from the overall impact of the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor to the opportunities for corporate sustainability initiatives to the future of the carbon market in Brazil.

We want to say a huge thank you to the Conscious Capitalism Institute Brazil, on top of being amazing advocates for this project and providing support to us through the SOS Araguaia campaign and this Webinar, they have also donated a tree on behalf of each of their associates!

Thank you for the support and for inspiring a new way to conduct business in Brazil!

If you missed this important webinar, watch here!
Find out more about our speakers:
Renato Franklin 

Graduated in Business Administration and Accounting Sciences, with an MBA in Finance from IBMEC, Specialization in Strategic People Management from FDC and INSEAD / France, and Executive Leadership from IMD (Institute of Management Development) / Switzerland. From 2010 to 2013, he worked as General Manager at Vale SA in the areas of Finance, Supplies and Strategic Planning, and from 2013 to 2014 he worked as a leader in the Supply area at Suzano Papel e Celulose. Renato entered Movida as an Executive Officer in May 2014 and in 2015 was elected the Chief Executive Officer.

Dario Neto

Former CEO of Grupo Anga, Current General Director of Instituto Capitalismo Consciente Brasil, where he was also an adviser in the 2017-2020 management, an HSM columnist on healing leadership and a delegate from Brazil at Y20 in 2019. He is also an advisor to Flash Engenharia representing the Group Anga in its first invested industry.

Ben Valks

After his studies at the Haarlem Business School, Ben established the company ‘Salesteam Middle East’, to represent large manufacturers in the water sector in 16 countries in the Middle East. After 12 years in the Middle East growing his company, he decided at the age of 34 that it was time to shift focus. Time to explore. Time to give back to our vulnerable planet.

After various intense adventures, including being the first Dutchman to compete in the 1600km Iditarod sled-dog race in Alaska, Ben spent time in Brazil and began a new mission. To document the elusive Black Jaguar in the wild. However after 22 expeditions, no Black Jaguar was found, only drastic deforestation and a rapidly disappearing ecosystem. Highly motivated to make a difference, he established the Black Jaguar Foundation to embark upon one of the world’s largest reforestation projects in Brazil.

Tarcila Ursini (Mediator)

Tarcila is an independent advisor to large companies, impact startups and civil society organizations, such as Instituto Capitalismo Consciente Brasil, Banco Santander, Duratex, JSL / Movida Group, Baumgart Group. She is also a professor and speaker on the theme of governance, sustainability and the new economy. Passionate about music, art and nature, with a strong desire to stimulate transformation and connections, she gives much value to the power of relationships, both in personal life and in business