We have recently filmed a video testimonial with our partner AgroSB, a company well known in agricultural and livestock markets in Brazil!
This partnership shows that bringing back biodiversity and restoring ecosystem services like soil health and water quality can go hand in hand with meeting global demands for food production.
AgroSB is commited to aligning their production with environmental conservation focused on the Amazon Rainforest and Cerrado Savana. The company’s partnership with the Black Jaguar Foundation allows them to promote the restoration of Permanent Preservation Areas and Legal Reserves along the Araguaia biodiversity Corridor.
We are grateful for AgroSB’s support and trust in our misison. Watch the following video to learn more about our mission.
Together, we are currently working on restoring the native vegetation in Fazenda Nova Esperança, which is part of AgroSB’s Vale Verde farms in Santana do Araguaia. This will be the first of their farms to be restored, but we have already started the process of technical analysis needed to restore their other lands as well.
As Cristiano puts it, the Black Jaguar foundation:
“Provides the expertise in planting as it should be done, helping farmers fulfil obligations in relation to the Brazilian forest code”.
Our objective is to restore the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. To do this, we need farmers to join our mission and be at the forefront of ecological restoration.
We would also like to thank the Environmental Secretary of Santana do Araguaia, Mr. Cleiton Carveli, for supporting our mission and introducing us to the AgroSB team.
Would you like to become a part of our story of hope? Donate a tree here!
Keeping up with the changing of times, we have decided to join forces with Latin American NFT project Costa Jaguar.
Guided by the Sun, jaguars have escaped human destruction to live in a timeless paradise called Costa Jaguar. Costa Jaguar aims to bring Latin American art in the form of non-fungible-tokens (NFTs) into the digital world.
Costa Jaguar have generously agreed to donate 20% of their proceeds to the Black Jaguar Foundation’s mission of restoring the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor connecting the Amazon Rainforest and Cerrado Savanna.
What are NFTs?
Non-fungible-tokens, more commonly known as NFTs, are a way of registering a one-of-a-kind image, video, or any form of digital, or indeed, physical item on a blockchain.
How does Costa Jaguar's platform work?
Costa Jaguar offers a unique Polygon-based currency called “Jaguar Pesos” and the idea is that the more jaguars you collect, the more you earn. These Jaguar pesos can eventually be used to create baby jaguar NFTs.
Still not sure of what NFTs are or how they are made?
The team at Costa Jaguar is more than happy to teach you everything they know.
The Black Jaguar Foundation now accepts crypto donations. Through The Giving Block you can now donate in BTC, ETH, Matic, Sol and many more, to support the restoration of the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor.
Just to be clear, we will not be speculating on gains or investing any fiat donations in cryptocurrency. All crypto donations received will be transferred to our USD account daily by our partner, Gemini. This includes the donations from our friends at Costa Jaguar.
Thank you for supporting our project’s efforts to restore the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor!
The construction of our new nursery is progressing, and the field team is hard at work with preparations. This exciting new venture started in March last year and will make use of 3,6 hectares of land to nurture around 500,000 native seedlings per year.
What is happening on the ground?
We are currently finalizing the construction of our office, classroom and storage buildings in Santana do Araguaia. It is all coming together nicely, and we are excited for these areas to be put to good use!
In addition, our nursery is almost done, and we expect to start producing seedlings in the first two weeks of May. If all goes according to plan, the nursery should be functional by the 31st of May.
This nursery will have an incredibly positive impact on the restoration of the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. Establishing it would not have been possible without the support of our loyal sponsor partners. Thank you once again for your valuable support and contributions!
Have a look at how our nursery is progressing below
Earlier this month, we participated in the BTG Give Back Day to celebrate our graduation from BTG Soma, a project aiming to improve Non-profit Organizations’ abilities to fulfil their goals.
The program challenged 10 non-profit organizations, chosen out of 230 applicants, to actively participate in 100 hours of BTG workshops. Our Development Coordinator, Carol Sacramento, took this opportunity head-on and attended the workshops during the evenings, conciliating this with her fulltime responsibilities at the Black Jaguar Foundation.
During the graduation, Carol was granted a BTG certificate, together with a cheque for 25,000 Reais on behalf of the BJF!
The event was concluded with some closing remarks and calls to action by the participating non-profit organizations.
During the current planting season, we have been increasing our team alongside our number of planted trees! By carefully selecting 27 highly motivated individuals to help with the planting stage in our restoration sites located in the farms of Santa Fé and Serra Morena, we aim to make the most out of the prolonged rainy season.
The planting team is currently carrying our direct seeding and planting our remaining seedlings. They have also started the maintenance process for trees planted at the start of the rainy season. The three-year maintenance element that follows the planting process is crucial in the restoration of healthy ecosystems.
In addition, three more female professionals will start working in our new nursery in May, to ensure the inauguration of our new nursery and its smooth operation.
Our forest engineers have also been working hard to implement new work safety measures, to ensure well-being in our planting sites!
The picture below shows some of the newest members of our ever-growing planting team holding a their special easter 2022 surprise
The prolonged rainy season has given us more time to restore Permanent Preservation Areas and Legal Reserves. As much as we depend on the science of restoration and our knowledgeable team, we also depend on rains, something we cannot influence, but can be lucky with too!
Our ever-hard-working team has been doing their best to make the most out of the extended planting season.
Would you like to find out more about why we’ve had so much rain in the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor? Then keep reading!
What is La Niña, how does it affect Brazil, and what does that mean for the Black Jaguar Foundation?
La Ninã and El Niño are two opposing climate patterns that can influence the weather.
Both have to do with so called “trade winds”, which refer to the movement of hot, humid air, to areas with low atmospheric pressure. When El Nino happens, the Pacific Ocean’s superficial layer of hot water moves in the direction of South America. The warm winds incite evaporation, and clouds are formed. In Brazil, this may incite more rain in Southern regions, and less in the North and Northeast.
La Niña causes the opposite to happen, cooling down the superficial waters of the Pacific Ocean. In this case, it may lead to increased rain in the Amazon Rainforest and the Northeast of Brazil.
Rainfall helps the Black Jaguar Foundation realize our mission because it gives us a wider planting window!
BBC. (2021, October 19). O fenômeno la niña está de volta: O que isso significa para o clima do brasil e da região. BBC News Brasil. Retrieved April 10, 2022, from https://www.bbc.com/portuguese/geral-58966796
Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais. (n.d.). Estação Chuvosa. Clima Estao chuvosa – CPTEC/INPE. Retrieved April 10, 2022, from http://clima1.cptec.inpe.br/estacaochuvosa/pt
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. (2018, May 14). El Niño and La Niña. OCHA. Retrieved April 10, 2022, from https://www.unocha.org/themes/el-ni%C3%B1o/el-ni%C3%B1o-and-la-ni%C3%B1a
The restoration of the Araguaia Corridor relies on planting native trees. To do this, we need native seeds to produce seedlings for the restoration process! Many of our seeds come from our seed collective, which originally started spontaneously, but has proven to be a valuable asset in providing our project with seeds.
A few years ago, individuals from local communities took the initiative to start collecting and providing us with seeds from their gardens, plots of land, and farms.
This initiative is growing, and now shows immense potential in providing a complementary income to groups living near the Araguaia River! Our field team has been diligently reaching out to different communities and encouraging them to join our seed collective.
The local seed collective not only allows for an income, but for livelihoods. As communities start to see the value of keeping their forest intact, for social and economic benefits, they want to secure the forest and make sure they collect seeds in a sustainable manner.
Click through the images below to see our seed collective in motion
We are thrilled to announce that we have recently partnered with CAIXA BANK tosupport us in planting 1 million trees in the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor! Together, we will promote the restoration of 600 ha of degraded land in permanent preservation areas and legal reserves in the Amazon rainforest and Cerrado Savana.
Caixa Econômica Federal (Federal Savings Bank), referred to in Brazil as CAIXA, is one of the two federal banks in Brazil and is the fourth largest financial institute in Latin America.
After a thorough application process and two field visits from CAIXA management, we signed the BJF-CAIXA partnership in March.
CAIXA’s Social-Environmental Fund is an initiative that was started by the Brazilian bank in 2010, with the aim of using some of their resources to support social-environmental projects and investments in Brazil.
Click through the images below to catch a glimpse of CAIXA visiting one of our restoration sites:
CAIXA believes in a philosophy of high-quality restoration, and therefore trusts the Black Jaguar Foundation to carry out the project in a sustainable, long-lasting manner, together with the local community. Just like the Black Jaguar Foundation, CAIXA believes that restoration is a lot more than just planting a tree.
With this partnership, we aim to focus on further involving local communities in our project, continuing to identify and validate environmentally degraded areas, and implementing environmental restoration activities where possible and needed.
We are very grateful for the funding we will receive from CAIXA for the growing and planting of 1 million native trees in the coming planting seasons. In addition to this, we are working around the clock to get the financial support for the 3-year maintenance element, to complete the BJF restoration process and assure the return of a healthy ecosystem.
This first million native trees with CAIXA is only the start: we believe this partnership, based on mutual values, will allow us to continue our mission in realizing the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor together with great success!
Last but not least, a big thank you goes out to you! Your continuing and amazing support during the past years, has enabled us to make such progress, and create these amazing milestones together.
Find out more about how CAIXA is innovating for a better future by visiting their First 600 page here!
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