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Meet our valued BJF Sponsor and Friend: Sumthing!

By News Home

We are very excited to introduce you to Sumthing: a platform that is working hard to create a visibly nature positive world. Sumthing has been providing full visibility of the results of our project and helping the Black Jaguar Foundation to make a real, tangible impact. Together, we are growing the BJF community and showing that anyone can make a difference – it’s too late to be a pessimist! 

About Sumthing

Sumthing brings transparency to environmental action by providing real-world proof for each contribution. Planting a tree or building a coral reef to doesn’t happen overnight and that’s why they transparently share the status of each contribution until after the project has been completed.  

How is Sumthing helping us increase visibility of the realisation of the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor?

Black Jaguar foundation has been a long-time & valued partner of Sumthing, and features prominently in it! Mike Odenhoven, CEO of Sumthing said: “Our work revolves all around showcasing the great things our partners do in the field, and our website and platform need to reflect that. Our philosophy is that if we do what we do best with technology in the cloud, they can do what they do best for nature on the ground. This new website is a testament to that mentality, and a celebration of the great work organisations like BJF do every day.”

Sumthing has created several different tools that are helping us showcase the progress of the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. Their platform shows where our partner’s trees are located, and how their tree looks at this stage.

Further, they showcase tangible measurements of how our project of ecological restoration and emphasise that almost half of the cost of planting a tree will go towards maintaining it and ensuring its growth. At the Black Jaguar Foundation, we carry out 17 steps to safeguard healthy forests.

Growing the BJF community together

By providing us with exciting new widgets and tools to showcase our results, Sumthing is also helping us grow our existing community of sponsor partners.

At the moment, some of our Sumthing x BJF donors include:

  • Green Gear Supply: a company that aims to inspire a more sustainable and equitable world through innovative products – starting with their rain poncho. Their reusable and recyclable poncho is made from responsibly sourced materials and perfect for outdoor activities!
  • Mutsy: a brand that creates beautiful strollers with our future generations in mind!
  • Many individual donors which are showcased on their impact page.

Sumthing’s new website is out in the wild!

Over the past period, they worked hard on simplifying the story, updating the designs and making the website fully accessible with the help of their partner DEPT®

Check out Sumthing’s new website here!

Can you see how easy it is for anyone, anywhere, to make a positive difference for the planet? Join us today by clicking HERE or send an email to to find out more!.

Maintenance of BJF restoration sites: taking good care of our growing native trees

By News Home

The end of the planting season is also the time to take care of the small (and not so small) trees that are growing in our restoration sites. After planting many seedlings and seeds over the last rainy season, our field team will now focus their efforts on maintenance.

Maintenance consists of: removing invasive plants that eventually compete with our planted trees, carrying out complementary fertilization and guaranteeing that the fences and forest firebreaks (aceiros) surrounding the project areas stay functional. These activities are realized every four months, or until full canopy closure of the forest, and can take up to three years.

Have a look at some of the BJF field team carrying out maintenance
Why is it important to maintain our growing seedlings?

Maintenance is one of the 17 steps in the Black Jaguar Foundation’s Cycle of Ecological Restoration. That’s how we ensure that the seedlings planted can grow into resilient trees along the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. 

One of the activities carried out during the maintenance process is managing invasive exotic grasses, to prevent competition with native tree seedlings and plants.

According to our Project Coordinator, Dimitrio Schievenin, the maintenance phase is just as important as the planting itself. “One of the biggest reasons for the failure of restoration projects throughout Brazil is precisely the lack of maintenance,” he explains.  

Because of this, we closely monitor the growth of our seedlings, performing maintenance whenever necessary, and allowing biodiversity to gradually return to the areas where we operate. 

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.

Biodiversity Update: Planting even more native tree species

By News Home

Each planting season, our team learns even more about all the different native species we need in each restoration site, allowing us to improve the return of healthy ecosystems. See how we are contributing to enriching the region’s biodiversity.

Variety of native species planted in BJF restoration sites

Currently, we use about 73 different species of trees in our restoration projects! Among these, some are adapted to flooded soils, while others thrive in drier regions. Depending on the technique used in the restoration site, the key species planted differ.  Have a look below to find out more about the variety of species in our restoration sites: 

Direct Seeding
Planting Seedlings

In the planting stage, we divide the different species of seedlings into two groups: canopy and diversity. Both groups are then planted in the restoration site. Canopy trees are fast-growing and serve to provide shade to the area and rebuild the forest structure. On the other hand, diversity trees grow more slowly and should be planted in between the canopy seedlings.  

This variety of species furthers the success and quality of our restoration sites and increases biodiversity in the Amazon and Cerrado biomes!

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.

BJF in the press: read our latest features!

By News Home

As the Black Jaguar Fondation continues to further its mission of hope and action, it has also been getting more media attention. Over the past few months, we have been Featured in Reuters, Forbes Brasil, and appeared in some of the most read Newspapers and Radio Broadcasts in the Netherlands.  

Many of these platforms have shared the difficulties of carrying out ecological restoration in Brazil, and at the same time highlighted the urgency of this work. We are proud to see the Black Jaguar foundation being used as an example of quality ecological restoration in the region.   

A big thank you to the authors of these articles, who have taken a close look at our work and recognized the importance of ecologically restoring our planet. It is beyond late to be a pessimist, the time to act is now.  

We are excited to continue sharing our mission of hope and action with the world. Find a summary of our latest media appearances below:  


At the start of June, Reuters published a Special Report on the challenges of restoring the Amazon. We are very honoured that we have been selected for the investigative report, among the two leading organisations in Brazil carrying out ecological restoration. 

Read the feature HERE.  

Forbes Brasil

Earlier this year, the Black Jaguar Foundation was also featured in Forbes Brasil.  

The article described how our loyal BJF Friend, Ms. Andrea Dreesmann, started her company TreeLove to exclusively support the Black Jaguar Foundation.  

Read more below:

These media appearances have also helped us spread our message in the Netherlands, with appearances in:

We hope that these articles will give you a holistic picture of our project. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us in case of questions. You can email us at:  

 Together with our community of dedicated sponsor partners, farmers, and team, we are realising one of the longest biodiversity corridors on Earth!  

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.

Promoting the BJF mission with Google Ad Grants!

By News Home

Have you come across ads from the Black Jaguar Foundation on Google when searching for terms related to ecological restoration? Great news! This is because we have been awarded Google Grants, which provides $10,000 monthly to promote the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor through ads on Google. 

Google did an extensive due diligence on our organisation and we are thrilled to let you know that we have been approved by yet another International partner.

How did we obtain Google Ad Grants?

To be approved for Google Grants, the organization must be nonprofit. The grant aims to increase social impact and connect people to causes that they are interested in. You can find out more about the Google Ad Grants requirements here 

After ensuring that the Black Jaguar Foundation met all the requirements for Google Ad Grants, we initiated the application process and created an account for Nonprofit Organizations on Google. 

 Once all these steps were completed and approved, we set up a Google Grants account, and from there, our Communications team began researching, studying, and working hard to launch our first campaigns! 

We have already placed some ads to promote our project of ecological restoration and have been sharing a lot of content related to environmental education. 

We believe that Google Ad Grants will allow us to give our mission more visibility and highlight the urgency of ecologically restoring our biomes, starting with the Amazon Rainforest and Cerrado Savanna.  

Become a part of this movement today! Support the Black Jaguar Foundation by sharing our content with your friends and family. 

 Let’s come together to create an even larger community capable of making a real difference and generating a positive impact on the Earth. 

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.

2022 BJF Annual Report

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The Black Jaguar Foundation’s Annual Report 2022 is finally ready! Have a look at all that we achieved together in 2022: 

Please click on “full screen” on the right bottom to see the report in an optimised way.


The 2022 BJF Annual Report also includes combined, consolidated finances for Black Jaguar Foundation’s branches in Brazil and The Netherlands. These finances are audited by Bakertilly.

The Dutch and Brazilian entities are separate legal entities and administer their finances in two separate systems. Although we are not legally an integrated organisation, we act as such and have therefore decided to present you our combined financial statements.

Download the Independent audit here

For every candidate successfully placed by Kienbaum, various native trees are planted!

By News Home

Kienbaum and the Black Jaguar Foundation have been working together to make a positive impact since 2009!

Kienbaum believes in “turning potential into progress” by creating the perfect match between professionals and organisations. Last year in December, the company started a wonderful new initiative to plant various trees per professional successfully placed in an organisation. 

So far, Kienbaum has already planted thousands of trees, alongside their other incredible contributions. We are very grateful for Kienbaum’s continued support in realising the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor – the longest nature corridor in South America!

Each new Kienbaum placement receives the following certificate, with an illustration of where their trees will be planted. The certificates are all carefully framed by the Kienbaum team:

This is only their most recent initiative! Over the years, Kienbaum has planted many trees during conferences, birthdays, special holidays, and so much more. Have a look at the video testimonial below where Kienbaum’s Managing Director, Hans Jonkers explains Kienbaum’s relationship with the Black Jaguar Foundation, and find out more about our journey together.

Kienbaum is a part of our “The First 600” community, which refers to the First 600 sponsors to contribute to the realisation of the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor.

Would you like to join the Black Jaguar Foundation in realising the longest biodiversity Corridor on Earth, like Kienbaum is doing? Click the button below and find out how you can do so!

Find out more about Kienbaum by visiting their First 600 Page HERE or by visiting their website HERE.