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SER Congress: Results & Experiences

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The BJF Team attended the VII SER World Conference 2017, the most important congress on Ecological Restoration, last August in Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil). The event focused on discussing the different methodologies available for forest restoration, among other topics that can help us achieve our goal.

Many “seeds” have been planted for technical cooperations in the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. We also started to build on future partnerships with key nature organizations such as Conservation International and the World Resources Institute. We will keep you updated about the developments on these topics!

BJF at the SER Congress 2017

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We are excited to inform you that the BJF took part of the VII World Conference on Ecological Restoration, hosted by the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). This congress was held from August 27th to September 1st in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, and received over 1,000 delegates from all over the world to share their projects and experiences on ecological restoration.

BJF’s Team present at the congress was composed of Caspar Burn, Ben Valks, Guilherme Fleury and Ivan Nisida. We are keen to share the results of our participation at the SER 2017 soon enough!

BJF pilot project
the first 2 nurseries

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The month of August 2017 brings a landmark for the BJF: we are on the way to materialize the first two nurseries of indigenous trees for the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. Along with our technical reforestation partners Bioflora & LERF, we have carried out field visits to Caseara (Tocantins) and Santana do Araguaia (Pará) in order to budget and design these nurseries in close partnership and full support with the landowners.

The areas to construct the nurseries have been identified in Santa Juliana and Santa Fé farms. The start to build a network of seed and seedlings providers in the region has begun! The goal is to enable a forest restoration network by involving local communities. The final budget and planning will be ready by November 2017.

Alliance for the
Restoration in Amazon

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We are proud to share with you that we have been invited by Conservation International (CI) to be among the first 20 environmental NGOs in Brazil to form the Alliance for Restoration in Amazon. This new and prestigious multi-stakeholder network aims to catalyze and strengthen all forest restoration initiatives in the Brazilian Amazon. Our key developments for realizing the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor will be amplified on an international scale through our fellow members of the Alliance.

Brazilian landowners
Fazenda Santa Fé

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Fazenda Santa Fé, a farm with an area of 57,700 hectares, is another great property that has joined the pilot project of BJF. Marcos Mariani, a member of the owner’s family, is the one managing the farm and is responsible for its environmental adequacy. Their farm already consists of more intact natural forests than the law dictates! To further reforest parts of their farm, the BJF and its technical partners intend to build a large nursery for native trees on their land. More updates about these exciting developments in the near future!

The Multinationals
visit the BJF

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Last week, we had the pleasure of sharing our ambitious project with The Multinationals, a group of entrepreneurs and managers in the food and agro industry, initiated by our Ambassador Kees Rijnhout. A live-video-update of BJF’s field-results in Brazil was given by Ivan Nisida. The  energetic group shared their knowledge ánd interest to start supporting our work.

Reporter
traveling to Brazil

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In May, a reporter/photographer working for a renowned magazine traveled to the Araguaia Corridor region in Brazil to prepare an article on the dream mission of the BJF. During an intense three weeks, the rich biodiversity of the Cerrado and Amazon were photographed and the landowners in our pilot project were interviewed. We will keep you updated on the results!

BJF Event
Rotary Beach Volley Tournament

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Last April, the Rotary Club Amstelveen organized a dynamic fundraising event: the Rotary Beach Volleyball Tournament! Twelve teams, one of which was a BJF Team, faced each other to share nice moments and raise funds for our cause. The final result: € 8.000 in donations for the BJF! Thank you so much Rotary Amstelveen!

BJF Team Member:
Eric Schoorl

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Eric Schoorl is a dedicated member of the BJF-Team in Holland. Eric holds extensive professional experiences as a physical geographer and environmentalist. He is also an avid nature-lover and birdwatcher. Nowadays he uses his enthusiasm to manage TheLast600 campaign and carries out many other daily tasks to keep the BJF running. Thank you Eric

Brazilian landowners
The Tiezzi family

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The Tiezzi family own two cattle farms along the Araguaia river in Tocantins state. They are truly setting the example for all other landowners in the Corridor Zone. They have embraced the idea of starting to reforest key areas of their two farms and join the Araguaia Corridor initiative. As ‘transition farmers’, they are also transforming their cattle farms into an ecologically friendly operation, while aiming to increase its productivity.

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