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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.

Adopt a Tree at Olmenhorst Estate & Plant a Tree in Brazil!

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Landgoed de Olmenhorst, on behalf of their adopt a tree program, has partnered with the Black Jaguar Foundation! The Estate in Haarlemmermeer, grows apple and pear trees, and other crops according to organic principles.

For each adoption of a tree on its Estate, you can now also donate a tree to the Black Jaguar Foundation. For every 2 trees donated by its customers, Olmenhorst donates another tree to the Black Jaguar Foundation. Once you have adopted a tree at the estate, you can pick apples during any harvest season! If you want to learn more about our partner De Olmenhorst, check out their profile page on the website!

If you want to learn more about our partner De Olmenhorst, check out their profile page on the website.

Run Forest Run

By Allgemein
Black Jaguar Foundation’s, Joel Boele, together with an amazing group of 8 dedicated change makers, will run the TCS Amsterdam Half Marathon on October 17th! In honour of this inspiring challenge, we have decided to create a fundraiser, in an attempt to raise 2100 trees, for the 21 kilometres completed!

If you know this has only been decided a few days ago, this might seem impossible. We are going to show that passion and working together makes anything possible – together with your support we CAN and WILL pull this off!

We invite everyone to share and contribute to our common dream of bringing back biodiversity!

For every 10 meters they run, we plant one native tree: your trees will create magic and real impact! 🌳🏃‍♂️

Inspiring New Partnership with Royal De Heus!

By Allgemein, News Home

We are excited to welcome Royal De Heus Animal Nutrition to the BJF Community, and look forward to growing many trees together!

“Providing access to safe, healthy and especially affordable food is one of the biggest challenges the world faces today. At the same time, we need to reduce the impact our food production systems have on vulnerable ecosystems. To achieve both goals, we need to produce food more efficiently to prevent excessive land use change in the near future. We can only achieve that when we treat farmers as our allies when tackling these challenges. That’s what we like about the Black Jaguar Foundation. They work together with farmers on the realisation of the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor”

                                                                                            Koen de Heus, CEO of De Heus Animal Nutrition

De Heus Animal Nutrition is 110 year old family business and has grown to become an international producer of a complete range of compound feed, premixes, concentrates and feed specialties. The 2020 BJF partnership with the Brazilian division of De Heus has now officially been extended at its global headquarters.

To help realize the mission of the Black Jaguar Foundation, to protect and increase biodiversity in the corridor between the Amazon rainforest and the Cerrado savanna, De Heus will lend its long-term support and dedication to the project.

De Heus already has a strong sustainability program in place, summarised in their ‘Global Green Goals’- four global ambitions towards tackling sustainability issues in the feed industry. For example, the company will only procure certified soy with a verifiable zero deforestation policy in all its business units by 2025.

The partnership between the Black Jaguar Foundation and De Heus will focus on restoring biodiversity in two of the most vital ecosystems on the planet, the Cerrado savannah and the Amazon rainforest. The largest part of this year’s contribution by De Heus will be utilized for the construction of the large-scale tree nursery in Santana do Araguaia. Furthermore, part of the contribution will also be used to set up the foundations seed collection initiative and the training of the fire brigade in Santana do Araguaia to help fight and prevent forest fires. Starting next year, the contribution of De Heus will be used for the planting of native trees in the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor.

We are excited to welcome Royal De Heus to the BJF Community, and look forward to growing many trees together!

Learn more about the Land Validation Process!

By Allgemein, News Home

One of our Restoration Analysts, Kaléo Pereira, created a short informational video to explain the complicated process of land validation with all of you! The validation process is meant to determine which areas are restorable through a series of evaluations. Kaléo explains each of these evaluations briefly, to give you an introduction to the process.

The validation process is a very detailed one, and therefore requires a lot of time and attention. If you’re curious about how the validation process works, check out the video on our blog post for an understandable insight to the complicated process of land validation.

BJF Supports Fire Brigade Course for Santana do Araguaia

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The BJF supported a Fire Brigade course for the local firefighters of Santana do Araguaia. This course took place at the end of July, and focused on fire prevention and combat.

During the dry season, fire prevention is crucial, as the environment is at an increased risk of catching fire. We documented some of the training, to share with all of you what the fire fighters learned throughout the week of training!

The Secretary of Environment of Santana do Araguaia created a video of this training, so have a look below to see what was learned in this training: