The construction of our 2021 new nursery is making great progress. The start of this grand undertaking on the 3,6 hectares of land was made in March this year. Although , the works are still in full process and we had some delays at the startwe couldn’t wait to share all the progress on the ground with you!
So far, the 3,6 hectares of terrain has been levelled, a bridge for access constructed, fence andlighting mastsand a water well have all been built and installed. Currently the construction of the warehouse and office / cold seed storage buildings now in completion. We are proud of how all is coming together, and are excited for all the seedlings, and the the lasting impact this nursery will make on all our lives! Only with the valuable support of our sponsor-partners this is made possible, thank you once more!
To give you a peek preview of the progress made in October and November, scroll down below to view some of the pictures of the next exciting phase of the construction:
It is exciting to share with you that our network of partner farmers is steadily growing in the Santana do Araguaia and Caseara regions! With the newly expanded Articulation team, and the valuable help of our local field team and the support from local authorities, we are now operating in 3 municipalities: Santana do Araguaia and Caseara and Marianopolis.
A big thank goes out you to the Secretaries of Environment of Santana do Araguaia and Caseara, as well as to the Syndicate of Farmers in Santana. In particular to Paulo Roberto Ferreira da Mata, Divino Francisco Martins, Lilian Abreu, and Rodolfo Ramos Valadão. In the past months, we started a partnership with over 20 farmers and several settlements in these 3 municipalities. Click below to get an impression on how Win-Win partnerships were being made, which sets a positive example that Environment & Agro can work together to create positive impact.
Mr. Cesar Gonzaga, owner of Fazenda Serra Morena has lived for over 30 years in Santana do Araguaia. He shares with you his experience partnering with the Black Jaguar Foundation in below video! As the implementation of the Corridor focusses exclusively on partnerships with local farmers and settlements, they truly become the protagonists of BJF’s restoration efforts.
Listen to Cesar Gonzaga’s testimonial on his experience with the BJF, and why he recommends this partnership to other farmers throughout the region. He talks all about the false image the public often has of landowners, and the ways in which landowners can, and do, take care of their land. He portrays the importance of preservation and restoration efforts, and invites farmers throughout the region to join the project!
13th December, 2021
In the beginning of this year, Alaine Ball, Project Manager from One Tree Planted visited our project sites in Santana do Araguaia. While she was there, she recorded some of her adventures with us, so that you can all experience what it’s like at our project sites!
Alaine had the chance to speak with two of our forest engineers, Carlos Eduardo and Dimitrio Schievenin, to learn more about our work on the ground. They visited the properties Fazenda Santa Fe and Fazenda Cedro, and learnt about the planting sites in the respective farms. The short film gives you great insight into the work that is happening on site, and how your contributions are helping to realize the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor.
Read all about Alaine’s experience at the Black Jaguar project below:
“In January of 2021, Alaine visited the corridor to check in on the plantings. The trees were doing well and already quite tall, having been interplanted with green manure. Dimitrio Schievenin from Black Jaguar shows us a Sombrero tree, a tree species that helps to rebuild the forest structure. There’s still significant work required in order to rebuild the forest, especially in terms of maintenance. Removing invasive grass, for example, is crucial for continued tree growth. We speak to Carlos Eduardo from the Black Jaguar Foundation, who explains that the partnership started a year and a half prior, based on the property’s need for restoration and environmental compliance. In addition, the partnership will help the property itself through reforestation. Alaine visits one of the areas they’re planted recently, which is about a month and a half old and has two hectares, where over 3,000 seedlings have been planted. On the farm Fazenda Santa Fe, they’ve planted a total of 15 hectares and 30,000 seedlings. The Fazenda Santa Fe is one of the biggest soy farms and cattle ranch farms in the region, but they understand the importance of land restoration, which is why they partnered with the Black Jaguar Foundation. Seedlings on the property are doing very well, growing vigorously and comprising of diverse species. Black Jaguar Foundation will need to do maintenance for 3 years and after this period the forest will be able to sustain itself. Alaine also visits Fazenda Cedro, to plant angico seedlings. Ben Valks from Black Jaguar Foundation explains that in spite of seeing nature around the riverbank, the whole area is dominated by soy farms and other agro-businesses. This is why Black Jaguar is excited about the Araguaia Biodiversity corridor, as planting native trees will help to bring back the rich biodiversity of both the Amazon and the Cerrado ecosystems.”
– One Tree Planted Team
Nov. 2, 2021
We are excited to announce the continuation of our partnership with Greenfinity Foundation! Greenfinity Foundation, seated in Graz, Austria, is committed to actively supporting initiatives that promote the preservation of natural habitats. As one of Greenfinity’s chosen organizations, the Black Jaguar Foundation is honored to be working together and receiving support to realize the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor, part of which will become the Greenfinity Forest!
In line with their motto, “Together for our World. A Future Together”, the Greenfinity Foundation has been implementing sustainable environmental and climate projects across the globe since its foundation in 2011. We are excited to continue working together with our valued partner, and together work towards realizing the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor, and safeguarding our future.
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
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:
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:
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!