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Accenture and BJF join forces

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The BJF are extremely pleased to announce our partnership with Accenture is stronger than ever! Accenture, the leading Salesforce Implementation Partner is a world-renowned company that provides a wide range of premium cloud strategy and technology consulting, as well as cloud implementation, integration and management assistance.

Accenture has supported the BJF by aiding our migration from the Salesforce “Classic” UI to the “Lightning Experience” UI. The migration was realized in record time of 3 weeks, helping us immediately with the day-to-day management of our tasks! By helping the BJF to update our customer relations management tool, Accenture has been a key and supportive partner for our project, boosting our productivity and efficiency.

We are immensely excited to be working with Accenture in this effort, read more about this exciting partnership and how Accenture support the BJF below!

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While we have a broad range of clients in all kinds of sizes, industries and countries, we take great pride in the work we do for NGOs. Not because we see it as a great PR opportunity, but because doing good is in our DNA.

Website update: We are now live in Portuguese!

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The BJF are proud to announce our Portuguese site is now live! This is a crucial step in our journey as it means we are now able to engage more readily with our Brazilian audience and keep them informed and up to date on all of the progress that’s taking place! 

We want to make sure that as many people as possible are aware about this vital work that is taking place in Brazil, and the implications it has for the global population. This website is the main outlet for tracking the BJF project, learning more about its importance and what you can do to support us in our mission. You can view our Portuguese website by clicking on the Brazilian flag in the top left corner of the page! 

This website has been made possible due to two of our amazing and dedicated partners!

Elevate are an agile company that create state of the art websites. Upon meeting the owner, Patrick Wachner at a workshop and presenting our project to him at a meeting in 2015, Mr. Wachner agreed to aid us in our goal and help assist with the creation of our new BJF website. It is largely thanks to the support of this innovative organisation that we have been able to launch our new website! You can see how they promote their work for the BJF here

We are Brain have been another vital component in this process, as a web and IT development firm they have brought this new website to life, assisting with everything from exploratory research and analysis to design. We thank them greatly for their support!

 

2 years old Lenn Jonkers is our youngest ever sponsor

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What an example Lenn Keyhan Yonkers and his parents are setting! Lenn is a two year old boy who lives in the Netherlands. For his second birthday, Instead of receiving luxury toys,  his parents and loved ones collected money so that trees can be planted in his honor along the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. 

The BJF has provided a certificate to Lenn, pinpointing exactly where his trees will be planted. He will also receive update every 6 months about how his trees doing. When he turns 15 his parents intend to take him to the site of his then fully developed patch of forest!  Lenn and his parents are truly setting a great example. Their donation shows how young children can already have a positive impact on the environment!

French Consulate in Brazil chooses BJF

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The BJF is positively engaging with the French community in Brazil! 

To celebrate the 14th of July French National Party, an event was organised by the French Consulate in São Paulo. The event was sponsored by 43 French companies and the BJF was one of two charities chosen to be promoted! Media agency Hud made an impactful video trailer for the event which included BJF and was presented to more than 700 people, including São Paulo Mayor, Bruno Covas. We are honored to be the charity of choice on such a prestigious day with one clear goal: planting 1 million native trees together with the incredible French community.

Your planted native trees are already in fruition

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When we plant seedlings in our restoration site, we separate between fast-growing and diverse species. The role of fast-growing species is to build up the new forest structure and provide the ideal conditions for the more diverse species to then thrive.

The fast-growing species do not only grow fast but they also have a faster life cycle, this is why some of the seedlings we have planted in December have already come into fruition! So far this season Mutambo (Guazuma ulmifolia) and the Urucum (Bixa orellana) have been the stars of the show. This fruition is a crucial stage in the restoration process as once these trees attract fauna, these animals will not only feed in the restoration site, but they will also bring seeds of different species, making the new forest richer and healthier.

The Mutambo (Guazuma ulmifolia) tree

BJF Team Brazil- painting their faces with fruit from our very own trees!

BJF seedling nurseries are at full capacity! 

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Now that dry season has begun again in Brazil, our forest engineers are collecting and filling the nurseries with new seedlings, ready to plant when the rain comes again in November. In just the last few months we have filled the nurseries with 20,000 native tree seedlings. Another 20,000 are also on track to be prepared in the next 5 months. Our nursery is producing at full capacity. We have a total of 42 native species, of which 12 are fast growing, responsible for the initial structuring of the forest. The others will make up the biodiversity of the future ecosystem.

Each month, our technicians learn new facts about the species in the region. With the knowledge acquired, new species can be added to the production portfolio, increasing the biodiversity of our restoration sites.

BJF Brazilian Landowner Brochure: Now ready!

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The BJF is excited to start engaging more landowners with our project in the state of Pará and Tocantins. Our new Landowner Brochure is now available online and in print in both Portuguese and English. It outlines how landowners can become BJF partners and comply with the forest code and improve the quality of their land through the forest restoration services we provide. This brochure is a great tool for us to continue building the community of landowners along the corridor; only through positive cooperation with each landowner can we complete our mission, creating a Win for his farm and a Win for our planet.

 

2 year technical partnership with Bioflora: Renewed!

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Bioflora is the leading consulting firm for ecological restoration in Brazil. Together with the Laboratory of Ecology and Forest Restoration (LERF) of the University of São Paulo, they have been an invaluable technical partner for the BJF for the past two years, carrying out field visits on our sites and providing us with a wealth of expert knowledge about ecological restoration. We are immensely proud to announce that our partnership has now been extended for the coming two years. Top Bioflora and LERF scientists will continue to visit our sites every three months and work closely with our forest engineers. 

The partnership will allow us to evaluate seedling production in our nurseries in order to include new species in our production portfolio, increase productivity and improve seedling quality. Scientists will also visit and monitor our restoration areas so techniques and processes can be perfected.

This knowledge will increase our success rates in ecological restoration and will be applied to thousands of other rural properties.

 

Meet Marina: Our new Partnerships Coordinator 

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Our new team member, Marina Tavares, is ready to keep building a bright future for the Black Jaguar Foundation! Marina is a “Goiana” who spent a great part of her childhood exploring the Araguaia River with her family. She has a very special connection with the area and so she is very dedicated to restoring it. After graduating at FGV Business School and working for years for the private sector, predominantly in marketing for large companies (such as Nestlé), she decided it was time to start giving back to the world. During her career shift, she had the opportunity to do a post-graduate course in Social Innovation Management at Amani Institute. This led her to start her own project, Dig In The Garden, which focuses on engaging teenagers with agroforestry and gardening. 

Marina is taking over from Francisco Macedo, who has been accepted to the MSc in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management. This is offered by the European Union with a full scholarship covering his entire tuition and living cost. It is a double degree program in which he will study one year at the University of Copenhagen and another year at the University of Padova, taking a summer course in a partner university and completing his thesis research in either Canada, Chile, South Africa or Australia. Francisco says he is  very grateful about this opportunity as he is convinced that the MSc will provide him with the right knowledge to better support the Black Jaguar Foundation on its mission to realise the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor.

Innovation and Human relations are the main skills Marina will use to foster amazing partnerships for BJF in Brazil. We are very happy to have such an experienced new team member on board!

New BJF São Paulo Office opens for business

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The BJF has a new home! Our small but beautiful new jungle office, located in the heart of São Paulo, is now open for business. The office serves as an ideal space for our expanding Brazilian team to work together, host meetings and make our mission a reality. A big thank you to owner Mrs. Adriana Caccuri, who sponsors the BJF through great discounted rent and lots of benefits for this office space!

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