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Your SOS Araguaia campaign Accountability report 2021

By Allgemein

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

As in October 2020, we launched an SOS Araguaia Campaign in 2021 during the dry season in Brazil, in an effort to prevent and combat fires in the region.

Thanks to a great joint effort of our partner Royal De Heus, and each and every individual donor, we were able to fund a fire brigade training and the provision of equipment for the  local brigades of Santana do Araguaia and Caseara.

“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 video records of the fire brigade training undertaken by the fire brigade of Santana do Araguaia.

WHAT NEXT?

Our goal for 2022 is to….

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 2022 a year where we celebrate much life, and zero fires in the region!

Warmest wishes,

Black Jaguar Foundation Team

This would not have been possible without you and our dedicated partner, Royal De Heus

Giving Tuesday & How you can participate!

By Allgemein

5. December 2021

In a few days time, on November 30th, your inbox and social feed will be filled with messages about Giving Tuesday. In case you’re not sure what Giving Tuesday actually is, or how you can participate, we’ve got all the answers for you below!

What is Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday is known as the international day of generosity, and is celebrated each year at the start of the festive season; this year taking place on Tuesday, November 30th. The day was created in 2012 with a simple goal in mind: a day encouraging people to do good. Over the past 9 years, this idea has grown into a global movement, involving individuals, NGOs, and countries across the world, all in an effort to inspire people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Why should you give on this day?

This day is just like any other, and like every other day, the good causes you care about need funds to keep doing their important work. Maybe it seems strange then to have just one day when you’re called to give, or (for those of us who don’t like to be told what to do) we may even resist being instructed when to donate.

But more than raising crucial donations and helping to bring awareness to so many important causes, this day is a beautiful reminder of how connected we all are. This year, in the midst of a global pandemic and a climate emergency, we need each other more than ever. So, whilst Giving Tuesday is a day like any other, it can be a catalyst for a lot of love to be shared, and more importantly, a lot of positive change.

Who should you donate to?

That’s a good question and not one we can answer for you…Do your research, search online for a cause that you care about, one which is transparent and accountable, one which is making the change you want to see. For us, we work in reforestation and give to our planet, because when you give to our planet, you give to each and every one of us and all those to come.

Find out more about how the Black Jaguar Foundation uses your donations here.

Will my donation make a real impact?

There are so many initiatives that make a real impact in people’s lives. Whether this is on an individual scale, or in terms of the future of our planet. If you want to know where your money is going, ask the question and see if you like the answer.

What if I can’t afford to donate?

For many, donating money is not an option. In this case, you have a valuable voice that is capable of reaching many people who may not have heard about your chosen cause. Use it! Follow your charities, re-post on social media, tell their story. It will make a difference and giving Tuesday is the perfect time to start!

We sincerely hope that this Giving Tuesday you take part, in some way, shape or form.

Get in touch for more information about how you can help. Thank you as always for your continuous support.

Warmest regards,

The BJF Team

If you decide to give the gift of life in the form of trees to the Black Jaguar Foundation, you, or the recipient of your gift, will receive a personalised certificate, showing them where these new native trees will be planted!

Tarcila Ursini: BJF’s First Female Brazilian Ambassador

By Allgemein, News Home

5. December 2021

We are thrilled to be able to share with you, the video testimonial of our first female Brazilian Ambassador Tarcila Ursini! Tarcila is truly an inspirational power lady, with an impressive career trajectory on sustainability and astonishing list of achievements. We are beyond proud to have her on the board as official Ambassador of the Black Jaguar Foundation in Brazil.

Tarcila is the perfect and inspiring example for all women in the world to play a more dominant role in the transition to a sustainable planet.

At the Black Jaguar Foundation, we believe that a focus on gender equality is crucial; so that everyone can express their essential (being) and potential! That’s why we encourage and empower more women to join our restoration efforts.

“Our mission with the BJF is a dream coming true, where Environmental Impact, Economic Impact and Social Impact are all core pillars in realizing the longest Biodiversity Corridor on our planet.”

– Tarcila Reis Ursini

BJF Becomes Actor for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

By Allgemein

5. December 2021

What is the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration? 

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which officially launched this year, was created to lead and unite international cooperation for the effective restoration of natural ecosystems, ensuring a sustainable future for all future generations. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aims to unite the many non-profit organizations, businesses, and individual actors that play a key role in the global movement for the restoration of natural ecosystems, and the construction of an economy built around restoration.  

The role of Black Jaguar Foundation as an Actor for the UN Decade 

As an official partner to the UN Decade, the Black Jaguar Foundation acts as a valuable contributor to the initiative, with an ambition to restore the Amazon and Cerrado biomes by realizing the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. 

We are proud to base our restoration activities on the guiding principles of the UN Decade. For a more detailed overview of these principles have a look through the guiding principles below: 

Or, if you want some more clarification on what exactly ecosystem restoration means, watch the video below:

COP 26 & Why it is so Important

By News Home

5. December 2021

Your feed has probably been filled with reminders about COP26, happening from the 31st of October until the 12th of November, and for good reason. In case you were wondering why everyone is talking about this conference, and why it is so important for you and for us here at Black Jaguar Foundation, keep reading! 

COP26 refers to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference, which have happened yearly since 1995. At this two-week summit, all stakeholders, and signatories of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an international environmental treaty addressing climate change, come together to discuss the climate crisis on a global level. 

The topics covered at COP26 will include the presentation of the latest commitments to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by government and business leaders, as well as the discussion of scientific efforts to track emissions, understand impacts and advance potential climate solutions.  

Specifically, this COP represents the first major test of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, to limit global warming to 1.5-2°C. The recently released IPCC report, however, shows that climate commitments are not on track to meet the Paris Agreement. To be truly impactful, this COP would result in a well-defined set of policy commitments from governments to curb emissions.

UN Biodiversity Chief, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, has urged COP26 climate talks to prioritise nature: “Climate change is becoming an increasingly serious driver of biodiversity loss and ecosystems degradation – and that loss threatens to worsen climate change”. Therefore, while cutting carbon emissions is a priority at the conference, protecting and restoring biodiversity will hopefully also be discussed as a critical component.  

 

How COP 26 affects you & us at the Black Jaguar Foundation 

Often, these global, political conferences can feel far removed from our own daily lives. However, the outcomes of COP26 will have a major impact on many of our lives.  

First, if national commitments are implemented in your country to reduce carbon emissions, citizens will be impacted in terms of their daily actions and choices.  

Secondly, if agreements are not reached and commitments are failed to be implemented, we will be affected by the increase in natural disasters, including wildfires, floods, and climate devastation, across the globe and close to home.  

While it can be overwhelming to read about all the decisions being made at the COP 26, there are small actions you can take yourself to help achieve the vital aims set out in this conference. One easy way you can help, is by helping the Black Jaguar Foundation in realizing the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. The restoration of biodiversity along the corridor will result in countless benefits, including the mitigation of climate change. Help us contribute to the positive action being taken around the world to protect the future of our planet! Donate here: www.black-jaguar.org/donate-tree  

 

More than 100 world leaders have promised to end and reverse deforestation by 2030, in the COP26 climate summit’s first major deal. The signatories represent 85% of Earth’s forests, including: Canada, Brazil, Russia, China, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the US and the UK.

The pledge includes $19.2 billion of public and private funds, which will go to developing countries to restore damaged land, prevent wildfires and support indigenous communities.

If you want to help in restoring forests in an effort to reverse deforestation, donate a tree here: www.black-jaguar.org/donate-tree

Introducing BJF’s New Seed Collection Collective!

By Allgemein, News Home

We are currently in the process of setting up our own Seed Collection Collective, to provide seeds for our restoration project! The pilot project has recently been completed successfully in Barreira do Campo, with promising prospects for the future of the collective.

Watch this video to learn more about how we gather the seeds we need for our restoration project:

While this collective is mainly aimed at providing our project with seeds, it also brings further benefits, such as improving local employment. Within this pilot project, six seed collectors were indirectly employed, demonstrating the potential that this Seed Collection Collective has in boosting local employment in the area.

Watch the first shipment of seeds arrive to our nursery from our very own Seed Collective:

Movida Redesigns Stores to Include BJF – Carbon Free Programme

By Allgemein, News Home

To increase the visibility of its Carbon Free Programme, Movida is redesigning its stores around Brazil to include the programme at the very forefront of its brand! The new store design also includes the Black Jaguar Foundation logo, which we are extremely proud of. Movida is the first car rental company to create a Carbon-Free programme, with the goal to compensate 100% of their carbon emissions by the end of 2030.

In 2019, Movida started the carbon compensate partnership with the Black Jaguar Foundation as a way to support one of the largest nature corridors in the world, the Araguaia River Biodiversity Corridor. The Black Jaguar Foundation-Movida partnership will result in one million native trees being planted, during 2020-2022, in the heart of Brazil. And much more to come!

Learn more about Movida’s Carbon Free Programme by visiting their profile page on our website!

Watch Movida’s CEO Renato Franklin talk about the partnership with the Black Jaguar Foundation:

Or watch this short clip, produced together with Movida, to learn even more about the Carbon Free Programme:

BJF Presents at IUCN World Congress Marseille

By Allgemein, News Home

On the 9th of September, Black Jaguar Foundation had the opportunity to present its project and ambitions at the IUCN World Congress Marseille, the largest nature congress in the world. It was an honor to present our work in front of such an inspiring and renowned audience. A big thank you to IUCN Netherlands and World Congress for making this possible!

The team received lots of helpful and positive feedback on the progress of the project, and the quality of the work we do, for which we are very grateful. The session, named ‘Large Scale Ecological Restoration: The Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor’ was recorded and is now available for you to watch!

Watch the full presentation below!

Watch WaterBear’s The Black Jaguar’s Amazon

By Allgemein

WaterBear is a free interactive multimedia platform that allows you to watch inspirational and award-winning content, and acts as the first interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet.

WaterBear has released a short film on the Black Jaguar Foundation’s project, which is now available on the platform. Telling the story of the foundation, and how it came to be, the short film portrays our mission beautifully. A big thanks to WaterBear for streaming this piece.

Meet BJF’s New Technical Ecological Restoration Committee

By Allgemein, News Home

In September, Black Jaguar Foundation’s newly created Technical Committee had its first meeting. The committee is composed of four qualified specialists from different areas, and two of BJF’s forest engineers. They are currently giving their input and advice on our the plans to drastically scale up our operations in the field during the rainy / planting seasons for the next 5 years.

The members include: Ingo Isernhagen, Sâmia Nunes, Júlia Mangueira, and Maxmiller Ferreira. With the help of their expertise and the time they are willing to dedicate to the Black Jaguar Foundation’s mission, we believe their input will be of greate value. Have a look at their specializations below!

Ingo Isernhagen, a Biologist and Researcher at on Ecological Restoration at EMBRAPA, with a PhD in Forest Ecosystems Conservation.

Sâmia Nunes, a Forest Engineer with a PhD in Environmental Sciences, working as a Researcher on Ecological Restoration at Instituto Tecnológico Vale.

Júlia Mangueira, a Biologist with a PhD in Plant Biology, working as Deputy Manager for Sustainable Agriculture Brazil | The Nature Conservancy.

Maxmiller Ferreira, a Biologist and Ecologist with a MSc in Ecology, working as a Specialist in Direct Seeding Technique at Caminhos da Semente.