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Tarcila Ursini: BJF’s First Female Brazilian Ambassador

By Allgemein, News Home

6. 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

COP 26 & Why it is so Important

By News Home

6. 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!

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!

By Allgemein, News Home

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.

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

By Allgemein, News Home

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: