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Re-greening in action: the astonishing growth of your trees!

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In amongst the chaos, there is hope! While taking precautions in the field, we have managed to get some updates on the progress of your new native trees…and the results are better than we could have expected!

We monitor the trees regularly to nurture their progress and learn lessons for the many planting seasons to come. With your help, these beautiful baby trees were planted in 2018, now see them here in their first and second year…their growth has been astonishing!

We have also seen amazing first results from the seeds that were planted by the direct seeding method this season. For this reforestation technique, rather than first being grown in nurseries, these new trees were seeds when they entered our restoration sites. In the space of a couple of months, we
already see strong growth from these powerful little seeds…

New trees planted in 2020 via the direct seeding method.

This method when used correctly can help minimise costs and quickly create a denser ecosystem. With the help of new partner Caminhos da Semente we’ll be able to maximise the potential of this technique.

We’re excited to keep you up to date on the progress of your trees as they continue to grow and replenish the biodiversity of these crucial biomes!

Published 18th June, 2020. 

The impact of Covid-19 for the BJF

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Your update on what’s happening in the field! Our work continues but of course, some plans have needed to be changed and adapted…

At the moment we are in preparation season, planting season will start again in October/November. This means working to prepare the seedling and collect that seeds that we will use to plant our next round of trees. While access to our partner farms and restoration sites is restricted, thankfully we still have limited access! In our nurseries this means operating with a small team, all of whom are following a strict safety protocol. This means all the required seedlings are still being produced for when the rains come and we are able to start planting.

Another major challenge during this time is how to connect with rural landowners. In our model, we don’t buy land. We partner with local landowners who are obliged by Brazilian Forest code to leave areas of their land to allow nature to return. This works by creating strong, trusting relationships with these stakeholders. As we’re no longer able to have the same level of personal interaction, we’re finding new solutions. This includes creating a series of virtual materials to allow these landowners to continue to engage with us and see how the project will work for them. This includes local radio advertisements, videos, animations and utilising our local network to build trust without the need to meet face-to-face.

This period has brought many new challenges, however, thanks to the ingenuity of our team, so far, each has been met with a solution and we are still on track to plant our first million trees! Thank you for your support during this time – you make it all possible!

Published 18th June, 2020. 

Meet the newest members of the BJF community – age 7 and 10!

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As two of the newest additions to this epic reforestation mission, Mickey (aged 10) and Juultje (aged 7) are filling us with hope!

Their Auntie, Brenda Smeenge, is a long-time friend of the BJF and co-author of No Risk, No Life, an inspiring story about the adventures that led to the creation of the Black Jaguar Foundation. Click here to find out more about what started this journey to complete one of the largest reforestation projects on earth.

Brenda introduced these two young environmentalists to the BJF and joined the first600 campaign in their honour. Becoming some of the first 600 individuals and companies to sponsor the completion of the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor, the longest nature corridor on its kind on earth.

Before even learning of the BJF, Mickey and Juultje were passionate about our planet. As Mickey so earnestly stated,

“We don’t own planet earth. Please take care of her instead. We need to act now, or else we’ll not survive. Take action for our climate, the animals and our environment!”.

We are inspired by Mickey and Juultje, they reaffirm our hope that together, we can progress with increased consideration, respect and unity. It is amazing to have such young individuals as part of this mission. It is for their generation, and the many more to come, that we do what we do.

Looking at these two young BJF members, we hope you too will feel inspired! We thank these three wonderful individuals for their support and look forward to them joining us on this reforestation journey.

Published 18th June, 2020. 

Seacon Logistics renew their BJF partnership

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The support we receive from you, our loyal friends, consistently blows us away. Last month, Seacon Logistics got in touch following our last update, asking how they could help. They immediately showed their commitment by renewing their partnership! Seacon’s business model focuses on people, planet and profit, and their sponsorship of the BJF is just one way they are contributing to a more sustainable future.

Making strides to limit their C02 emissions, Seacon acknowledges the need to incorporate environmental, social and economic development into their business plans, utilising their position to create change in the industry.

“ We are constantly investing in the development of better, cleaner, faster and more reliable logistics. Increasingly more and more, this starting point forms the basis for applying new technologies and creating smart and effective solutions.”

Each sponsorship is a powerful statement of support and a desire to create a brighter future for all of us, and for the generations to come. Thank you Hai & Corrie Berden, and all the team at Seacon Logistics for continuing to prioritise our planet.

Published 18th June, 2020. 

The BJF core team expands!

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We are honoured to have Piet-Hein join our dynamic core team! Piet-Hein has over 14 years of experience at Accenture, providing financial training and consulting. In addition to this, he has recently been coordinating Accenture’s Battle-for-Good Team.

Piet-Hein exemplifies the passion and commitment that are the cornerstone of our small but powerful team. He will join as a financial consultant, committing part of his time to help establish the new BJF financial system and contributing his extensive knowledge to help drive forward the BJF mission.

Now is such a crucial point in our journey, as we start to scale up and receive more funding, the expansion of our core team is vital to be able to fully serve our community and follow through on our commitment to our planet. A vital part of this scaling up is making sure we remain transparent in everything we do. This is why, along with our Brazilian governance project, the addition of Piet-Hein to our team is a huge asset. As a financial consultant he will be integral in making sure our international accounts are aligned, and that we maintain the trust that we have developed with all our sponsors.

Published 18th June, 2020. 

Receive BJF news via WhatsApp…

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We don’t want you to miss a thing! This is why you will now be able to receive all the latest Black Jaguar Foundation updates via Whatsapp. See everything from planting to partnerships and continue on this reforestation journey with us.

To sign up for our Whatsapp newsletter save the Black Jaguar Foundation in your contacts +31 6 57843682 and message us the word ‘reforest’. Now, you won’t miss a thing on our journey to a greener future!

Your phone number will not be shared or used for any other purposes. Once we receive your ‘reforest’ message, you will be added to our the BJF WhatsApp list receive our updates directly to your phone. You can also respond to these updates and start a conversation with us to ask any questions you may have about our recent updates or the work we do.

Published 18th June, 2020. 

More trees planted in 2020

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March saw the end of another successful planting season in Brazil. You’ll be pleased to know that we managed to complete our planting work before Covid-19 measures were put in place. In total over 76,000 trees have now been planted!

This number is set to increase drastically once natural regeneration plays its part! This is the process by which seeds of trees in the restoration sites are carried by the wind and animals to other areas. There they establish themselves if the environment is suitable and conducive to their growth. Leading to the natural restoration of the site.

As the planted trees grow, they absorb carbon dioxide, promote nutrient cycling in the soil, shelter animals and create the ideal conditions for the establishment of new plants, increasing local biodiversity. By carefully planning which trees are planted and where, we act as a stimulus for nature to flourish.

Part of the team that helped with this season’s planting. On this day the team were carrying out the direct seeding method.
Small trees planted this season (2020).

Last year we saw a 90% survival rate our seedlings, well above the expected average of 70% for this type of planting. Now, we are excited to see this latest round of young trees begin to flourish in their new home. In the coming months and years these trees will be monitored and maintained by our field team. This means bi-yearly checks for 3, 10, and 20-year reviews, to ensure the best chance of survival. From this process, we are also able to evaluate and modify our field processes.

Each year we learn more about the particularities of the planting sites. Adapting and making improvements for the following season. When the rains return later this year, we will once again be ready to plant, taking with us all the knowledge of the previous years. Each tree planted represents months of hard work from our dedicated team, both in the field and those in support, across the world. But ultimately, this is made possible because of your support. This is just the beginning…

Trees of one year old, planted in 2019.
Published 7th May, 2020. 

With your support, the future looks brighter…

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With everything going on, restoring balance to our planet is more important than ever. This has implications for health, the economy, our resources and so much more! Your support over the years has been truly spectacular. However, we are now asking you, our loyal sponsors, to show your dedication to our planet once again…

As each BJF partnership lasts two years, we ask you to visit our community page and view your profile. Envisage your partnership renewal 2020 stamp, and be inspired to re-commit to the Black Jaguar Foundation this month. If you’re a new friend, explore our site, read about our updates, and get in touch!

Even in these challenging times, we are still receiving shows of incredible generosity. With you, we are capable of having a major, impact on the future of our planet. This is just the start!

Will you continue to help us make this reforestation dream a reality?

Trees planted by the BJF one year ago
Published 7th May, 2020. 

Meet the BJF Advisory Board Brazil

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One vital milestone is the development of our governance project! Over the past 6 months we have been developing this part of our organisation along with partner legal advisors, Vieira Rezende Advogados. As part of this process, we are honoured to officially announce the members of our advisory board Brazil…

With years of expertise spanning the worlds of law, sustainability, agribusiness, environmental research, Finance and Strategy, we are proud to introduce our world-class board;

Camila Lefevre

As a partner at Vieira Rezende Advogados, Camila Lefevre specialises in Corporate governance and Mergers & Acquisitions. Camila is at the top of her field, and with her exceptional expertise has led the implementation of the BJF Governance project. She will now head the BJF Brazil board.

Fernando Simões Filho

Fernando Simões Filho is an expert in the world of social impact businesses. As Managing Partner at Bemtevi Investimento Social, Fernando has a wealth of experience growing sustainable initiatives. This expert knowledge will help guide the BJF through the world of impact investing and so much more.

Rachel Biderman

As the Executive Director of the World Resources Institute (WRI) Brazil, we are honoured to have Rachel Biderman as part of our board. Rachel has years of knowledge and expertise in the sectors of sustainability, research, and natural resources. Making her perfectly placed to help the BJF grow as we move forward.

Fernando Bedaque

Adding to the board’s world-class legal expertise, Fernando Bedaque is a Partner at Dinamarco, Rossi, Beraldo & Bedaque. Specialising in environmental law, Fernando brings with him not only a wealth of knowledge and experience but a deep passion for our planet. Fernando is a long-time and committed friend of the BJF. We are excited for him to help guide us as we continue on our mission.

Marcello Brito

Marcello Brito is the President of the Association for Brazilian Agrobusiness (ABAG), and another invaluable member of our board. As a leading figure in the Brazilian agribusiness sector, Marcello offers unparalleled knowledge of the sector and crucially speaks from the viewpoint of one of the primary stakeholders in the Araguaia Corridor, the farmers of the region.

Rebecca Raposo

Rebecca Raposo is our strategy specialist. As Founding Partner of RR Estrategia, Rebecca’s skills in management consultancy and strategic planning are unrivalled. Rebecca’s in-depth knowledge of this area will be vital as we develop into the crucial next stages of the project.

Ingo Isernhagen

With years of research experience, Ingo Isernhagen adds a new crucial dimension to our experienced board. Currently at the top of his field, Ingo has completed his doctorate in the Conservation of Forest Ecosystems and is working with Embrapa. His vital technical knowledge will help our work in the field develop to the highest possible standard.

These exceptional individuals will help guide us with their wealth of knowledge, as we continue on, more determined than ever to help restore balance to our fragile planet. 

Published 7th May, 2020. 

BJF Holland moves into new home

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After much help from you, our wonderful community, many visits to offices around the city, and much deliberation, we are pleased to have a new home in Amsterdam. The Black Jaguar Foundation, Team Holland, will soon complete the move to Scalehub. Taking up residence in their Amstel Business Park offices, we will soon be ready to welcome you!

The collaborative, fast-paced environment of the Scalehub offices is the perfect environment for our organisation to grow. We are extremely thankful to Scalehub for their part-sponsorship of our new office, and we are excited to have them as a new partner!

Making moves amidst the current global health crisis is a new challenge. Many things that may have previously been simple, become suddenly complex. However, we’re adapting because we must move forward! We cannot forget about our fragile planet. It is more important than ever to maintain the amazing momentum that has got us to this position. This momentum will enable us to realise this grand reforestation dream!

We are excited to soon welcome you to our new offices, as we begin to complete the next phase of our mission. The first of many millions of trees. We need new life now, more than ever!

Find us at our new address:

Stichting Black Jaguar Foundation
Amstel Business Park
H.J.E. Wenckebachweg 123 ( office C3)
1096 AM – Amsterdam – The Netherlands

Published 7th May, 2020.