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Welcoming new BJF Team Members!

By Allgemein, News Home

We’re proud to welcome five new members to our Core Team! Please give a warm welcome to our newest team members: Norivania Diniz, Erivelto Carvalho, Kaleo Pereira, Clarissa Sciarra, and Michelle Bade! The first four members will join our team in Brazil, while Michelle will be supporting the Amsterdam office.

(From left to right) Erivelto is our new Field Coordinator, Michelle has started as our new Communications Coordinator, Kaleo will fill the position of Restoration Analyst, Clarissa is our new Geoprocessing Analyst, and Norivania is our new Seedlings Production Analyst. As the scale of our project grows, so does our team!

Click through the descriptions of our newest team members to get to know them better!

Clarissa is our new Geoprocessing Analyst! Clarissa is trained as a Forest Engineer and has an extensive history working with mapping and geoprocessing. She is a crucial part of our team in Brazil, mapping all future restoration sites to enable us to make a plan for the reforestation.

Kaleo is our new Restoration Analyst! He is a Forest Engineer, with a Master Degree in Applied Statistic and Biometry, and a Doctoral in Forest Engineering from the Federal University of Viçosa.

Norivânia is our new Seedling Production Analyst! She is a Forest Enginner, graduated from the Federal University of Tocantins. She has worked in the academic seedling nursery and restoration project sectors, in partnership with the University of Ruraltins. Norivânia coordinates the seedling production nursery for ecological restoration and helps with fieldwork along the biodiversity corridor.

Erivelto is our new Field Supervisor! He lives in Santana do Araguaia, in the state of Pará. He works as the field foreman in planting seedlings and seeds, maintaining the areas, and helping the BJF team in the field for the best results. And he has a great love and admiration for nature.

Michelle is our new Communications Coordinator! Michelle recently graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Anthropology, from University College Utrecht. Originally from Germany, but spending many years of her life in Brazil, Michelle holds a personal connection to the country, as well as the project. She will be helping spread the word about BJF, and expanding its online presence. 

Find us on EarthToday’s newly launched Platform!

By News Home

On International Earth Day, April 22nd, the EarthToday platform officially launched, and the Black Jaguar Foundation participated! EarthToday is a large-scale initiative to protect the planet, meter by meter. 

EarthToday is developed to “sustainably facilitate a growing group of conscious people from all around the world who want to take care of each other and the planet we live on”. On their platform, also referred to as a Purpose Portal, EarthToday has created a community that can inspire and motivate each other to contribute to a better world, by sharing content about the state of the planet and the world. 

Find our portal page here, and learn more about the Black Jaguar’s involvement here, or watch this video by EarthToday to learn more:

Leveling of the land for the brand new nursery has started!

By Allgemein, News Home

We are very excited to announce that the leveling of the land for our newest and largest nursery has begun!

Before starting the building of the infrastructure, we are currently in the process of clearing and levelling the land. This has to be done very carefully to ensure that there will be no water damage done to the nursery once it is up and running. Stay tuned for more updates on how the nursery construction progresses!

Take a tour around the nursery site!

The importance of Maintenance in the Restoration Cycle!

By News Home

It’s maintenance time! This very important phase of the Restoration Cycle takes place throughout the year, regardless of the season. Our teams in the field then dedicate themselves to taking care of the seedlings and seeds planted in the last rainy seasons.

The maintenance process consists of removing invasive plants that eventually compete with the planted trees, complementing fertilization and taking care of fences and firebreaks around the projects. These activities are carried out every four months, for three years, or until the complete closure of the forest canopy. Without these actions, new trees won’t develop properly.

In the past months of May and June, our teams went through all areas in the process of restoration to complete this work, which only increases every year! This is how we ensure that our trees will generate healthy and functional ecosystems.

Our Project Coordinator Dimitrio talking about the importance of maintenance in the restoration cycle:

Sam’s Tulips Surprise Easter Tulip Delivery!

By Allgemein, News Home

In cooperation with Sam’s Tulips, based in The Netherlands, we were able to surprise some of our valued partners and sponsors just in time for the Easter Holiday! We partnered with Sam’s Tulips in this endeavor, as he aims to produce tulips with the smallest carbon footprint possible.

We spent all day on the Wednesday leading up to Easter Weekend, some of us in a car and others on a bike, traveling around the Netherlands and into Belgium to visit our partners and sponsors.

With each visit we personally delivered beautiful bouquets of tulips and an Easter card. We loved seeing the surprised faces of our unsuspecting friends, and might try and turn this idea into a long-lasting tradition!

Check out Tulpen van Sam’s Website and Instagram for more information!

Partnership with the Municipality of Santana do Araguaia!

By Allgemein, News Home

In March, we embarked on a partnership with the Municipality and the Secretary of Environment (SEMA) of Santana do Araguaia, our focus area of restoration in the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor in the coming years. 

This important partnership will allow BJF to use all the terrain needed of our brand new nursery in Santana do Araguaia. The 3,6 ha terrain dedicated to us by the Municipality is within the city centre limits and just next to their future environmental park. The park will include a number of public facilities that are focused on the usage of natural resources, and meant to connect the Brazilian citizen to nature, such as a hiking trail and playground area. 

This is the Black Jaguar Foundation’s third and largest nursery so far! This nursery will be able to produce 500,000 seedlings a year, which will help restore the degraded areas around the Araguaia River and, most importantly, will become a hub of ecological restoration in the region, providing much needed jobs for the local community, a sustainable approach for the agricultural industry and environmental education for generations to come. 

This nursery will become a unique hub, where the agro-industry will take on the role as a carer of nature and biodiversity. At the nursery, the Agro-sector and Environmental movement will become one, demonstrating to both Brazil and the world that these sectors can indeed work together. In partnership with the Black Jaguar Foundation, the farmers will be able to show their care for the environment, and want to work within the Brazilian environmental regulations, by restoring their APPs to the natural habitat of the Cerrado and Amazon. This in turn will create a win-win-win partnership, and will show that farmers and nature can and will go hand-in-hand. We are very excited to work together with the Municipality and the Secretary of the Environment of Santana do Araguaia! 

A look at the making of the partnership between BJF and Municipality of Santana do Araguaia:

Exciting Biodiversity Update: from 42 to 53 native species in our Tree Portfolio

By Allgemein, News Home

The more we restore, the more we learn about the species we use in our projects. In both of the biomes we work in (Amazon and Cerrado), tree biodiversity has one of the highest rates in the world. So, it is in our project’s best interest that we try to conserve as many species as possible. The process of adding a new species into our portfolio begins with a careful observation of the tree in its natural habitat. Following these observations and based on their results, we collect the corresponding seeds and set up a nursery trial with them. These tests will make it possible to determine germination rates and initial growth of the seedlings. 

A further trial is then carried out in the field to determine if the species is more useful for rebuilding the forest structure or if it will compose the biodiversity later. Experimentation will also tell us if this species can be used in other techniques, such as direct seeding. 

Since 2018, our main portfolio has consisted of 42 different tree species. In the last rainy season, however, we managed to add 11 new species to this portfolio. A very good example is the pequi tree (Caryocar brasiliense), a very important species native to the Cerrado and the fringes of the Amazon. 

In the past, difficulties in cultivation has stopped us from using it in our projects. Now, however, we have come up with strategies to overcome the challenges and bring it to more and more restoration sites. This increase in species will help increase the success and quality of our restoration projects, and will allow for even more species to be restored in the Amazon and Cerrado biomes!

– Written by our Project Coordinator Dimitrio Schievenin

BJF Featured on Global News Platforms!

By Allgemein, News Home

As more people are learning about the Black Jaguar Foundation’s mission, it is also catching the interest of numerous news outlets. Over the past few months, we have had our story shared on multiple global news platforms, including Mongabay, the World Economic Forum, Waste-Ed, and The Financial Times. Many of these platforms have shared or highlighted the work that Black Jaguar Foundation is doing in Brazil, and have received positive responses from their respective audiences. This reassures us that we can count on public support, and hopefully continue to increase this support in the coming time.

We are very proud to have the story and mission of Black Jaguar Foundation broadcasted to such large audiences. Journalism has the power to spread the message of hope that we have the power to change the future of this planet, and improve the lives of future generations. We’d like to extend a thank you to the authors of these articles, as they have managed to portray our work in such a beautiful light. As we are now planting our first million trees, we believe it is more important than ever to share the story of the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor!

Many thanks to Jenny Gonzales from Mongabay for writing so beautifully about our mission!

Have a look through the news platforms below, and press the images to get to the full article if you’re interested!

Baker Tilly – auditing firm: contracted by BJF

By Allgemein, News Home

We are proud to announce we have contracted Baker Tilly, one of the top 10 global accounting & auditing firms. To have our financial processes and accounts in the Brazil and the Netherlands being consolidated and audited by a global well respected auditing firm, has been on our wish-list for many years.  Now, starting from Annual Report 2020 onwards, it is a fact.

We believe this collaboration to be a great fit, as Baker-Tilly holds industry specialization in the not-for-profit sector, and has good local representation in our countries of operation, with 13 offices in The Netherlands and 8 offices in Brazil. As we have a Brazilian and Dutch office, we work with both Baker Tilly Brazil, and Baker Tilly Netherlands. The company will help Black Jaguar Foundation increase its transparency, as it is leading our auditing process from beginning to end.

This is the first time Baker-Tilly is engaging in auditing, with the project led by Renato Ruiz, the director of the firm. Baker-Tilly did a thorough job, asking for a lot of information and posed critical questions, but the mood between the Black Jaguar Foundation and the Baker-Tilly teams was synergetic and good-spirited. We spent three months auditing our books in Brazil, and 2 months in Holland. We have engaged in this collaboration, and this intensive work, in order to ensure that each Euro, or Real, given to us will be spent correctly and transparently. 

This independent audit, will help Black Jaguar Foundation to further increase its transparency towards you: Our vital sponsors and donors from all over the world.