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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!

Participating in the Nudge Global Impact Challenge

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Our Community Outreach Coordinator, Joel Boele, was selected to participate in the 12th edition of the The Nudge Global Impact Challenge!

The Nudge Global Impact Challenge is a six-month personal development program focused on leadership, sustainability, and creating an impact. Together with a group of 70 inspiring young professionals from all over the world, Joel worked to ‘Rebalance our Planet’!

Throughout the Nudge Challenge, Joel advocated for the BJF’s mission,  emphasizing the importance restoring the environmentally degraded areas connecting in the Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado Savanna to bring back biodiversity in the Brazilian Amazon and Cerrado Savanna. We are incredibly proud of Joel for making it to the final stage of the Nudge Challenge!

 

The pictures below show Joël's final speech at the challenge, where she presented on the importance of the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor, and together with her peer review group.

Finally, we would like to congratulate this year’s winners! In first place was Timothy Wabukoti, who created a large-scale irrigation plan for Africa, working towards realizing the “Zero Hunger” sustainable development goal. Coming in second, Anna Spinelli received her award for creating a manual to fight waste, that is currently being used by the CEO Of Gruppo Mondadori. Third place was shared by Sanne Kruid, Peter Akkerman and Sofia Kavlin, for launching an app to help with water management.

Scelta Mushrooms has renewed their partnership with us for a seventh year in a row!

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Scelta Mushrooms has renewed their partnership with us for a seventh year in a row!

For almost 30 years, Scelta’s CEO Jan Klerken has been inspired by the power of mushrooms in contributing to a healthier and more sustainable world.

OUR PARNERSHIP WITH SCELTA

Scelta Mushrooms has been a loyal partner to the Black Jaguar Foundation from the start. Jan Klerken, Scelta’s CEO, planted one of our first trees and introduced us to many other partners!

A GLIMPSE INTO SCELTA'S MOST RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

Scelta Mushrooms is globally known for their mushroom products and vegetable appetisers. Since 2002, the company’s strategy has focussed on taste and health, making sure sustainability is at the core of everything. Whether it’s forging mutually beneficial partnerships or stimulating change with community partners. ‘Winnovation’ is part of Scelta’s DNA.

Scelta has also been developing a comprehensive line of innovative mushroom solutions! Some of these include: their MycoFeed, which contain supplements that boost the immune systems of people and livestock, natural alternatives to artificially produced taste accelerators, and substances rich in vitamin D!

 

Find out more about the power of mushrooms on Scelta’s website!

Welcoming new BJF Team Members!

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We are happy to welcome three new members to our Core Team!

Planting one million trees requires the support of many motivated professionals. To help manage the new additions to the team, we have recruited the amazing Rafael Pedro Cassio Marques.

Have you read out latest newsletter? We are happy to share with you that it is the first to be completely produced internally! If you did not receive it, feel free to subscribe to next month’s newsletter via the following link.

This was made possible by our latest additions to the communications team: Ana Paula Mendes and Julia Silveira. Ana Paula will be joining our team in Brazil, while Julia will be supporting our Amsterdam office.

Click through the descriptions of some of our newest team members to get to know them better!

Rafael, born in Minas Gerais in December 1993, majored in Human Resources Management, with a Master of Business Administration Certification in Personnel Management. He has been molded professionally in large organizations, where he performed mobilization procedures, as well as the incorporation of new people and processes. He aims to add and implement leadership process, organizational communication, and greater assertiveness and objective into the project.

Originally from Florianópolis, Ana has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Santa Catarina Federal University. She has experience in Digital Marketing and, as Communications Analyst of BJF, she will be helping promote BJF’s mission in Brazil and also around the world.

Julia recently graduated from her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Law from University College Utrecht. Originally from Brazil, but having spent many years of her life in the Netherlands, the BJF presents a way to strengthen her connection with her home country. This is why she is so excited to join us in our mission!

The BJF was featured in Estadão!

By Allgemein, News Home

The Black Jaguar Foundation was Featured in Estadão, one of the most read and relevant newspapers in Brazil.

We are incredibly grateful to Eduardo Geraque for taking an interest in our mission and giving the world a closer look at how we are ecologically restoring the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor.

The Estadão piece begins by highlighting our project’s goal:

“If all Legal Reserves and Permanent Preservation Areas in Brazil complied with Brazilian Law, the forest’s ecosystem services, which include the preservation of biodiversity and natural water resources, would be working at full speed”.

At the Black Jaguar Foundation, we aim to restore Private Protected Areas and Legal Reserves together with landowners along the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor.

Nevertheless, as Geraque points out:

“The environmental deficit in the 2.6 thousand kilometers along the Araguaia river is of one million hectares”.

The scope of our project is big, and this is part of what makes it so challenging. Still, we believe that, together with our loyal sponsors and partner farmers, we can realize the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor.

Let’s make this happen together! Join our mission by donating a tree or reaching out to us at partners@black-jaguar.org

Read the piece here to find out more about how the Black Jaguar Foundation is restoring the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor.