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BJF seedling nurseries are at full capacity! 

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Now that dry season has begun again in Brazil, our forest engineers are collecting and filling the nurseries with new seedlings, ready to plant when the rain comes again in November. In just the last few months we have filled the nurseries with 20,000 native tree seedlings. Another 20,000 are also on track to be prepared in the next 5 months. Our nursery is producing at full capacity. We have a total of 42 native species, of which 12 are fast growing, responsible for the initial structuring of the forest. The others will make up the biodiversity of the future ecosystem.

Each month, our technicians learn new facts about the species in the region. With the knowledge acquired, new species can be added to the production portfolio, increasing the biodiversity of our restoration sites.

BJF Brazilian Landowner Brochure: Now ready!

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The BJF is excited to start engaging more landowners with our project in the state of Pará and Tocantins. Our new Landowner Brochure is now available online and in print in both Portuguese and English. It outlines how landowners can become BJF partners and comply with the forest code and improve the quality of their land through the forest restoration services we provide. This brochure is a great tool for us to continue building the community of landowners along the corridor; only through positive cooperation with each landowner can we complete our mission, creating a Win for his farm and a Win for our planet.


2 year technical partnership with Bioflora: Renewed!

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Bioflora is the leading consulting firm for ecological restoration in Brazil. Together with the Laboratory of Ecology and Forest Restoration (LERF) of the University of São Paulo, they have been an invaluable technical partner for the BJF for the past two years, carrying out field visits on our sites and providing us with a wealth of expert knowledge about ecological restoration. We are immensely proud to announce that our partnership has now been extended for the coming two years. Top Bioflora and LERF scientists will continue to visit our sites every three months and work closely with our forest engineers. 

The partnership will allow us to evaluate seedling production in our nurseries in order to include new species in our production portfolio, increase productivity and improve seedling quality. Scientists will also visit and monitor our restoration areas so techniques and processes can be perfected.

This knowledge will increase our success rates in ecological restoration and will be applied to thousands of other rural properties.


Meet Marina: Our new Partnerships Coordinator 

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Our new team member, Marina Tavares, is ready to keep building a bright future for the Black Jaguar Foundation! Marina is a “Goiana” who spent a great part of her childhood exploring the Araguaia River with her family. She has a very special connection with the area and so she is very dedicated to restoring it. After graduating at FGV Business School and working for years for the private sector, predominantly in marketing for large companies (such as Nestlé), she decided it was time to start giving back to the world. During her career shift, she had the opportunity to do a post-graduate course in Social Innovation Management at Amani Institute. This led her to start her own project, Dig In The Garden, which focuses on engaging teenagers with agroforestry and gardening. 

Marina is taking over from Francisco Macedo, who has been accepted to the MSc in Sustainable Forest and Nature Management. This is offered by the European Union with a full scholarship covering his entire tuition and living cost. It is a double degree program in which he will study one year at the University of Copenhagen and another year at the University of Padova, taking a summer course in a partner university and completing his thesis research in either Canada, Chile, South Africa or Australia. Francisco says he is  very grateful about this opportunity as he is convinced that the MSc will provide him with the right knowledge to better support the Black Jaguar Foundation on its mission to realise the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor.

Innovation and Human relations are the main skills Marina will use to foster amazing partnerships for BJF in Brazil. We are very happy to have such an experienced new team member on board!

New BJF São Paulo Office opens for business

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The BJF has a new home! Our small but beautiful new jungle office, located in the heart of São Paulo, is now open for business. The office serves as an ideal space for our expanding Brazilian team to work together, host meetings and make our mission a reality. A big thank you to owner Mrs. Adriana Caccuri, who sponsors the BJF through great discounted rent and lots of benefits for this office space!

An impressive 90% survival rate

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Image 1: Planting in the field, December 2018

The thousands of seedlings that were planted by BJF’s team back in December have passed all expectations. Whereas 70% is the standard survival rate for reforestation projects, 90% of our seedlings have survived. This is because of fortunate rainfall ánd great maintenance work by the team at Fazenda Santa Fé!


Image 2: Our Project Coordinator next to one of the growing pioneer trees, April 2019

Arbóreo – Estudos e Consultoria Ambiental

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We are very proud to announce a new technical partner has recently joined our mission. Arbóreo – Estudos e Consultoria Ambiental, a highly qualified and vibrant environmental consulting company from São Paulo, has offered to contribute to the creation of the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. Arbóreo specialize in studies, licensing and environmental services. Their very qualified team will help our forest engineers with mapping and the development of new ecological restoration techniques.

However, Arbóreo also want more. Their associates want to leave a legacy on the world by sponsoring their own restoration site in the Araguaia region.  Here, new direct seeding restoration techniques can be developed and improved. The scientific knowledge generated in these experiments may help with the restoration of other parts of the Cerrado and the Amazon.

Due to the vastness of the Araguaia Corridor, each of our partners has a special role to play in its creation. Arbóreo works on the premise that other technical restoration partners should not be viewed as competition. Instead they are opportunities for collaboration and complementation. This new partnership will especially complement the pacts we have in place with our current restoration partners.The BJF are honored to have Arbóreo participating in this journey.

You can find out more about Arbóreo – Estudos e Consultoria Ambiental here.

Landowner creates the ‘farm of the future’

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“We are country people, farmers for a better world.” – Guilherme Tiezzi

Our dedicated partner and landowner – Guilherme Tiezzi- is setting an inspiring example. Tiezzi is turning his land into a ‘Farm of the Future’, situated in Caseara in the state of Tocantins, between the Amazon and Cerrado Biome.

Tiezzi is implementing a innovative land use model that works in harmony with nature and the surrounding community. We couldn’t be more impressed with his work. He is considering nature as a valuable element in its own right, not just a good for consumption.

The farm of the future focuses on seven areas: reforestation, ecotourism, forest school, livestock and green agriculture, network entrepreneurship, spirituality and renewable energy. Each dimension ramifies into smaller projects that all also interact with each other.

There are 14 projects distributed throughout these 7 dimensions. Examples of projects are: creating a jungle lodge to encourage sustainable ecotourism, developing entrepreneurial training schemes in Bio-Agri-Business, starting a seed bank (which already has 10 thousand seeds for seedling production).

One of the focuses of the new farm is ecological restoration, aiming to encourage the creation and maintenance of the forests on his land. Tiezzi therefore supports the BJF in its mission through a multitude of ways. For instance through a BJF partnership to build together a nursery to grow seedlings for native trees. This is integral to the BJF’s work, as we now have the facilities and the space to grow our seedlings for his farm and neighbouring farms in and around the Caseara area.

Tiezzi and his inspiring ‘Farm of the Future’ is truly visionary. It is a case study of how agriculture and agribusiness can be sustainable, productive and be a driving force for community development.

Image 2: The ‘farm of the future”s seven areas of focus

Inspiring video: Environmental lawyer Dr. Fernando Bedaque

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We introduce you one of the most active members of the BJF Team in Brazil. Meet Fernando Bedaque, an experienced environmental lawyer who has added great value to the BJF skill set. Fernando has extensive knowledge concerning the Brazilian Forest Code and regularly assists our team with developing its strategies and even with representing the BJF in events and high-level meetings. His passion and expertise have been fundamental for our expansion and credibility in Brazil. Thank you so much, Dr. Fernando

At the start of 2018, Fernando was given the opportunity to set up an environmental division at the prestigious law firm Dinamarco, Rossi, Beraldo & Bedaque.  Respect, trust, technical excellence and personalized service are some of the characteristics that make Dinamarco, Rossi, Beraldo & Bedaque one of the most prominent legal firms in Brazil. We are fortunate to experience the same qualities in Fernando for his outstanding services and support to the Black Jaguar Foundation and we hope we may count on Fernando’s services for the years to come.

The Biodiversity of the Cerrado Savanna

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Image 1: A Calliandra plant flowering in the Cerrado Savanna

The Amazon Rainforest is the most prolific jungle in the world, known for its incredibly rich and biodiverse biome. Yet our corridor covers another vital biome: The Cerrado Savanna. Whilst lesser known on a global scale, the Cerrado is also one of the most species rich and fundamental biomes on the planet.

The Cerrado covers around 23% of Brazil. It is considered to be the richest savanna in the world. The number of plant species surpasses 11,000, with 4,151 of these being exclusive to this biome alone (Forzza et al. 2012) . This means that around 37% of the plant species found here exist nowhere else in the world.

The climate in the Cerrado is tropical, with annual precipitations generally varying from 1100 mm to 1600 mm. This makes it ample terrain for a variety of species, and it is home to many different forms of vegetation. These differ from open grasslands to forests. It is changes in soil conditions throughout the Cerrado that allows for such biodiversity.

Within the Cerrado are the springs of the three largest hydrographic basins of South America. Thus, the Cerrado provides the beginnings of essential water sources for a large part of the continent. It is therefore critical to keep this biome healthy and alive. Our project ecologically restores the Cerrado, giving it life. This, in turn, can give life back to us all.

Source: Forzza et al. 2012. New Brazilian Floristic List Highlights Conservation Challenges. Bioscience 62: 39-45.