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The Araguaia Seed Collection Collective: Training new and potential members!

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Last month, the Black Jaguar Foundation took another step towards realising the Araguaia Seed Collection Collective!

Laís D’Isep, our seeds production analyst, visited settlements in several cities in the Araguaia region. While in Marianopolis, she reached out ot the settlements Manchete and Piracema for the first time.

In Caseara, Laís spoke with people living in the settlements União e Onalício Barros, that had already heard of the project beforehand, and with secondary school students in the Colégio Estadual Trajano de Almeida.

With these visits, Laís aimed to present the Araguaia Seed Collection Collective, answer any questions about the project, and invite local community members to participate in the training sessions.

So far, we have managed to engage 130 members in this initiative.

STARTING THE TRAINING SESSIONS

Training participants is a fundamental to our seed collection collective because it increases the likelihood that seeds will be collected in an appropriate way.

To this effect, the BJF technical team divided the course into five modules, including practices of seed collection and its benefits.

At the end of June, Laís went back to all the settlements she had visited previously to complete the first module of training in seed collection.

We expect this cycle of training sessions, including all five modules, to be concluded by the start of our next planting season!

LEARNING FROM THE EXPERTS

To organize the Araguaia Seed Collection Collective, we are learning from other already existing initiatives. In June, Laís D’Isep participated in a course offered by the Rede de Sementes do Cerrado, in partnership with Floresta Nacional de Brasília, Aprospera, Tikré and Caminhos da Semente.

The course provided an introduction to seed collection, outlined benefits of different fruits and seeds, went over seed storage, and explained how to organize and sell seeds.

At the Black Jaguar Foundation, we believe that we can inspire, learn, and ultimately, grow together. Strengthening communities and maintaining as well as restoring ecosystems in the region!

ABOUT THE ARAGUAIA SEED COLLECTION COLLECTIVE

The Araguaia Seed Collection Collective aims to provide our project with native seeds while simultaneously complementing the income of local communities living near the Araguaia River. Nevertheless, for seed collection to be realized in an appropriate way, the BJF team has been organizing numerous training sessions.

Dimitrio explains: Blossoming trees!

The following video shows trees that were planted one and a half years ago and are already producing seeds! The Urucum seed will be one of our priority seeds to be collected for the coming planting season.

Partnerships in the making at the Federal level

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Last month, our team had the opportunity to present the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor to the Brazilian Ministry of Environment’s technical team, building new partnerships to support our work of ecological restoration. This visit also consisted of meetings with other departments of the Ministry of Environment, including the Department of Protected Areas, and the president of Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade.

During our visit, we were also invited to meet with the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture. We discussed how the BJF can best support the Ministry of Agriculture’s projects moving forward, with a focus on our contributions to “Paisagens Rurais no Cerrado” (Rural Landscapes in the Cerrado Savana), in the municipalities in Para, Tocantins and Mato Grosso that fall within the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor.

These new partnerships will be instrumental in raising more land for us to plant on in the 23/24 planting season!

Paisagens rurais do Cerrado

The Black Jaguar Foundation started collaborating on the Project “Paisagens rurais do Cerrado” with our partner Serviço Florestal Brasileiro in 2021.  

The project, coordinated by the Brazilian department of Agriculture (MAPA), is supported by many different organisations including the Black Jaguar Foundation and focusses on incentivising the integrated management of rural properties. To make this a reality, it provides technical assistance to rural landowners in the project regions.  

 The Black Jaguar Foundation has been working together with Serviço Florestal Brasileiro (SFE) on the restoration of Permanent Preservation Areas (APPs) and Legal Reserves (RLs) in the Cerrado Biome, in collaboration with rural landowners in the region

Future benefits

Providing technical assistance in ecological restoration ensures healthy ecosystems, increases agricultural productivity, and creates new employment opportunities! 

This will enable rural producers to develop the economic, social, and environmental aspects of their properties.  

Seacon Logistics: Moving towards a greener future with the BJF

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For a 4th year in a row, Seacon logistics has renewed its partnership with us!

We feel honoured that the founder of the company, Mr Hai Berden and his wife Corry have been fully backing our mission of Hope and Action from the very start.

Since 2018 Seacon Logistics has been a proud partner to our mission, helping us realise the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor.

Seacon Logistics is the Logistics Chain Director for coordinating and optimising your logistics supply chain. From their strategic inland locations in Europe they efficiently manage your flow of goods in cooperation with a worldwide network of dedicated partners.

The company provides world-wide transport solutions on the road, rail, and water!  Seacon is always on the move, and consistently incorporates environmental, social and economic development into its operations.

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

In 2023, Seacon Logistics will move into a modern new head office in The Netherlands, Venlo with all of its logistics and staff departments. Seacon Logistics will also open a new logistics service center (warehouse) of approximately 50,000 mˆ2 to give shape to its step-by-step sustainable growth.

Plenty of developments are also being made in Seacon’s German branch, in Duisburg, the largest European Inland logistics hotspot. This includes the rail and water connections that Seacon has established, linking Asia to Europe.

These connections, combined with Seacon’s Container Freight Station located at rail and water terminals, allow the company to store and transship goods of all shapes and sizes worldwide.

LET'S SEANOVATE!

Seacon Logistics is increasingly data-driven, always focussed on optimizing solutions for people and the planet.

Their Seanovation programme serves as a good example of this. Derived from a major study, which looked into how processes could be integrated, optimised and digitised, it aims to enhance Seacon’s efficiency and improve customer experiences. This programme, which started being operationalised in August 2021, will encompass transport over landfreight, seafreight, Airfreight, and Warehousing.

Read about Seacon’s exciting developments here.

INSPIRING PARTNERSHIPS

Seacon is focussed on the three pillars of corporate social responsibility: people, planet and prosperity.

Through their initiative, Seacon Blue, the company supports many social, environmental, and cultural  projects alongside the Black Jaguar Foundation. Seacon is also involved in several (inter)national social initiatives and charities.

Find out more about Seacon’s partnerships here!

New BJF Office in Santana do Araguaia

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To improve our outreach locally, we have opened an office in Santana do Araguaia! Here we are hoping to receive local landowners, as well as others in the local community, who want to learn about the project.

We started renting this space at the end of 2021 and are very happy with how it is all coming together. Currently, we are in the final stages of renovating and furnishing the office. With the BJF logo painted on the entrance wall, and the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor map hung up inside the office, we are excited to open our doors to landowners soon.

Having a local office will allow for an increase in our approachability and our credibility among the local landowner community.

Feel free to stop by whenever you’re in the area!

Have a look at how the latest BJF office is shaping up

The BJF supports Blood Donations in Santana do Araguaia

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Donating blood is an important action that saves lives. The “red June” movement aims to shed light on this and incentivize blood donations all over Brazil. To celebrate this movement, the Black Jaguar Foundation supported a blood donation campaign in Santana do Araguaia (PA).

The event happened on the 25th of June, and was organized by Santana do Araguaia’s Municipal Secretary of Health.

Throughout the day, professionals working for HEMOPA (Fundação Centro de Hemoterapia e Hematologia do Pará), were available at the Escola de Tempo Integral Dr. Wagner Pereira da Silva, to collect blood from donors.

The Black Jaguar Foundation supported this action, and incentivized sponsor and landowner partners to participate.

Some of our team members that work in different cities also strengthened the campaign by donating from different regions. Carol Sacramento, our Development Coordinator, donated in São Paulo, while Ben Valks, our initiator, donated in Brasilia.

At the end of the day, HEMOPA managed to collect 96 packs of blood, which will certainly have a great positive impact in the region.

For every donation made, the BJF provided a native tree seedling to be planted in the donor’s garden or farm!

2021 BJF Annual Report

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With pleasure and pride, we are sharing with you below our ‘Annual Report 2021‘. Now for the 2nd year, our accounts and processes have been audited by ‘Baker Tilly’.

2021 was full of challenges and achievements. We saw an astonishing increase in attention for biodiversity, with the hosting of the COP26, the release of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the launch of the UN Decade of Restoration, among others.

We are thrilled to share all of our milestones in 2021 with you. Thank you for making them possible! 

Please click on the “full screen” icon on the bottom right corner of report to see it in an optimised way.

EXPANDING OUR CORE TEAM AND OPERATIONS  

Growing native trees requires many motivated individuals. Therefore in 2021, we focussed on expanding our team in Brazil and in the Netherlands, together with our planting activities in three more municipalities. With the newly expanded Articulation Team, the valuable help of our local field team, and the support from local authorities, we are now operating in Santana do Araguaia, Caseara and Marianópolis. 

NATIVE SEEDS FOR RESTORATION  

As our planting activities grow, many more native seeds are needed. In 2021, the BJF started building a new nursery and setting up the Araguaia Seed Collection Collective to provide our project with native seeds.  

BUILDING OUR NEW NURSERY 

The construction of our new nursery started in March 2021, and we are very happy with how it is coming together. Our nursery will make use of the 3,6 hectares of land dedicated to us by the Municipality of Santana do Araguaia to nurture around 500,000 native seedlings per year!  

THE ARAGUAIA SEED COLLECTION COLLECTIVE AS A MEANS OF PROVIDING SEEDS  

While the main focus of the Araguaia seed Collection Collective is to provide our project with seeds, it also brings further benefits, such as improving local employment. Within the 2021 pilot project, six seed collectors were indirectly employed, demonstrating the potential that this Seed Collection Collective has in boosting local employment in the area. Stay tuned for updates regarding the Araguaia Seed Collection Collective in 2022!

EXCITING NEW AMBASSADORS 

We are beyond proud to have Tarsila Ursini on the board as official Ambassador of the Black Jaguar Foundation in Brazil. Tarsila is our first female Brazilian Ambassador and brings with her an impressive career trajectory in sustainability and an astonishing list of achievements. A big thank you to Tarsila for devoting her time and energy to the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor!  

MANY CONTINUED PARTNERSHIPS

Our progress is only possible thanks to our loyal supporters!

We would like to say a special thank you to five partners in particular, who were instrumental to the BJF mission in 2021. The first is  Movida, a publicly traded Brazilian car rental company that is supporting us in planting our first million native trees. The second is the partnership with Royal De Heus, a company committed to making food production more sustainable. Finally, our continued partnerships with the bank EFG Wealth Solutions, TreeLove, and One Tree Planted have also been essential to our operations in 2021 and beyond.

PARTICIPATING IN GLOBAL EVENTS  

On the 9th of September, the Black Jaguar Foundation had the opportunity to present our project and ambitions at the IUCN World Congress in 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. You can watch our presentation here.

SELECTED FOR BTG’S ACCELERATION PROGRAM 

We are incredibly grateful to have been selected for BTG Pactual’s acceleration programme. BTG Pactual is the largest investment bank in Latin America and its programme, BTG Soma, offers over 100 hours of workshops aiming to improve Non-Governmental Organizations’ abilities to fulfil their goals. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT

With new challenges in the field in 2022 due to inflation and fence requirements, your continued support remains crucial as ever, this time to complete the growing and maintenance for our first two million trees.

We are thrilled to share all of our achievements in 2021 with you.

Together we can be excited for all that 2022 will bring 😊.

Environmental education: acting sustainably on a daily basis

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Earlier this month, we conducted an environmental education activity at the Escola Municipal de Ensino Fundamental Professor José Ribamar, in Santana do Araguaia.

Our field coordinator, Carlos Eduardo Batista, showed elementary school students how to act more sustainably on a daily basis, and introduced them to the Black Jaguar Foundation’s mission.

An introduction to ecological restoration

The event started with an introduction activity, where the children passed around a native seedling as they told each other their names, age, and favorite tree. Students were told to take care of the seedling, as they would plant it later on.

When asked about the BJF’s mission, many of the students responded that they thought the BJF protected Jaguars or took care of other animals. As Carlos explained, it is much bigger than that. The project has a more direct link to each of the children’s lives. The BJF aims to ecologically restore the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor, surrounding the Araguaia River. The river is the main water course in the region, and pertinent to the livelihoods of the community.

After recognizing the importance of preserving our ecosystems, Carlos presented on how to live more sustainably. Some of the ideas he mentioned were: encouraging their families to separate the garbage at home, using reusable cups, reducing the use of plastic, among others.

Finally, a workshop was held on how to plant a tree in a backyard or on a farm!

The process was very participatory and dynamic – see some of the photos below:

The 2021/2022 planting season has been completed!

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As we are finalising our 2021/2022 planting season, our field team has started carrying out maintenance activities for our planted seedlings!

Our technical team has diligently been going through all areas currently undergoing ecological restoration and monitoring their progress. This allows us to identify any future steps that are still needed for maintenance and contributes to planning for the next rainy season.

This involves evaluating the last planting season, the irrigation of areas where we planted trees during the last rainy season, and removing invasive grasses, among other activities.  

THE FOLLOWING VIDEO SHOWS SOME OF OUR TEAM MEMBERS CLEARING THE SOIL AND MAKING HOLES IN THE GROUND FOR DIRECT SEEDING

REFLECTING ON THE 2021/2022 PLANTING SEASON

The 21/22 planting season brought with it many valuable learning moments for our technical team: we improved our direct seeding techniques, joined forces with Ciclus – a company that specialises in planning, implementing, and monitoring ecological restoration, and strengthened our relationship with rural landowners in the region.

Implementing these measures allowed us to successfully carry out ecological restoration in the following six partner farms: Fazenda Santa Fé, Fazenda Serra Morena, Fazenda Santa Izabel, Fazenda Bela Vista, Fazenda Cantão, and Fazenda Anajá. The first three are located in Santana do Araguaia (PA), while the other three farms are in the municipalities of Caseara and Marianópolis do Tocantins (TO).

The progress made during this season was made possible by the continuous support and trust that we receive from our amazing supporters and landowner partners.

PLANNING FOR OUR FIRST MILLION TREES

While our field team is conducting maintenance activities, they are also planning for the next planting season, which will start somewhere between September and October 2022!

Environmental restoration is a long and complicated process which requires a series of steps. First, we need to map all the ecological restoration sites for the planting season. Following this, the planting techniques to be used per hectare of land are defined in all of the rural properties that the Black Jaguar Foundation has agreements with. Simultaneously, our field team makes sure that we have enough seedlings for the planting season.

Our planting season can only begin after all these steps have been completed!

In the next rainy season, our objective is to complete our first million native trees! To accomplish this, we have built one of the biggest nurseries in Santana do Araguaia, which will have the capacity to produce 500 thousand seedlings per year.

Operationalising our new nursery!

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Our new nursery, located in Santana do Araguaia, will have the capacity to produce half a million seedlings every year and will become the central provider of seedlings for the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. To help manage it, we are welcoming new additions to the BJF team!

From the vast pool of applicants provided by our Human Resources team, five were selected to join our existing nursery team, currently led by our Seed Production Analyst, Norivânia Diniz.

TRAINING SOME OF OUR NEWEST MEMBERS

Training sessions for the newest members of our nursery team were organised from the 9th to the 13th of March.

On the first day, our Field Coordinator, Carlos Eduardo, orchestrated introductory sessions, where he presented the Black Jaguar Foundation’s mission and work, explaining future steps that need to be taken to realize the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. At the same time, Norivânia Diniz emphasised the importance of teamwork and collaboration in ensuring that healthy seedlings are able to grow in the nursery.

The rest of the week’s training sessions were held by Guilherme Faganello,  an expert in seedling production who directs projects for Embira Consultoria Ambiental.

Click through the images below to see this training in action!

PRODUCING SEEDLINGS IN OUR NEW NURSERY

Our new nursery is already producing seedlings! Norivânia and her team are currently producing seedlings in small tubes, and making our nursery a little bit greener every day.

The BJF Supports Fire Prevention and Control Training for a second year in a row

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The Black Jaguar Foundation and Santana do Araguaia’s community of rural producers and municipality organized a fire prevention and control course for the second year in a row!

The course, taught by Anderson de Freitas and his team, consisted of five days of both theoretical and practical lessons focused on combating fires in farms and urban areas.

Participants included  members of our field team, fire brigades operating in Santana do Araguaia, farmers who have to deal with fires on a regular basis, members of Santana do Araguaia’s Secretary of Environment (SEMMA), voluntary fire fighters from Caseara (TO),  and many other interested individuals.

Fire prevention is a crucial part of contributing to increasingly healthy forests. This is especially true during the dry season, where the environment is at an increased risk of catching fire.

 

The following pictures show some of the firefighting team in action!