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Exciting progress on the construction of the 2021 Nursery!

By Allgemein, News Home

The construction of our 2021 new nursery is making great progress. The start of this grand undertaking on the 3,6 hectares of land was made in March this year. Although , the works are still in full process and we had some delays at the startwe couldn’t wait to share all the progress on the ground with you!  

So far, the 3,6 hectares of terrain habeen levelleda bridge for access constructedfence andlighting mastsand a water well have all been built and installedCurrently the construction of the warehouse and office / cold seed storage buildings now in completion. We are proud of how all is coming together, and are excited for all the seedlings, and the the lasting impact this nursery will make on all our lives! Only with the valuable support of our sponsor-partners this is made possible, thank you once more!  

To give you a peek preview of the progress made in October and November, scroll down below to view some of the pictures of the next exciting phase of the construction:

Expansion network of our farmer partners to 3 municipalities

By Allgemein, News Home

It is exciting to share with you that our network of partner farmers is steadily growing in the Santana do Araguaia and Caseara regions! With the newly expanded Articulation team, and the valuable help of our local field team and the support from local authoritieswe are now operating in 3 municipalities: Santana do Araguaia and Caseara and Marianopolis.

A big thank goes out you to the Secretaries of Environment of Santana do Araguaia and Caseara, as well as to the Syndicate of Farmers in Santana. In particular to Paulo Roberto Ferreira da Mata, Divino Francisco Martins, Lilian Abreu, and Rodolfo Ramos Valadão. In the past months, we started a partnership with over 20 farmers and several settlements in these 3 municipalities. Click below to get an impression on how Win-Win partnerships were being made, which sets a positive example that Environment & Agro can work together to create positive impact.

Meet BJF’s partner farmer César Gonzaga

By Allgemein, News Home

Mr. Cesar Gonzaga, owner of Fazenda Serra Morena has lived for over 30 years in Santana do Araguaia. He shares with you his experience partnering with the Black Jaguar Foundation in below video! As the implementation of the Corridor focusses exclusively on partnerships with local farmers and settlements, they truly become the protagonists of BJF’s restoration efforts. 

Listen to Cesar Gonzaga’s testimonial on his experience with the BJF, and why he recommends this partnership to other farmers throughout the region. He talks all about the false image the public often has of landowners, and the ways in which landowners can, and do, take care of their land. He portrays the importance of preservation and restoration efforts, and invites farmers throughout the region to join the project! 

Join Alaine Ball from One Tree Planted as she visits the Araguaia Corridor

By Allgemein, News Home

 13th December, 2021

In the beginning of this year, Alaine Ball, Project Manager from One Tree Planted visited our project sites in Santana do Araguaia. While she was there, she recorded some of her adventures with us, so that you can all experience what it’s like at our project sites! 

Alaine had the chance to speak with two of our forest engineers, Carlos Eduardo and Dimitrio Schievenin, to learn more about our work on the ground. They visited the properties Fazenda Santa Fe and Fazenda Cedro, and learnt about the planting sites in the respective farms. The short film gives you great insight into the work that is happening on site, and how your contributions are helping to realize the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor.  

Read all about Alaine’s experience at the Black Jaguar project below:  

“In January of 2021, Alaine visited the corridor to check in on the plantings. The trees were doing well and already quite tall, having been interplanted with green manure. Dimitrio Schievenin from Black Jaguar shows us a Sombrero tree, a tree species that helps to rebuild the forest structure. There’s still significant work required in order to rebuild the forest, especially in terms of maintenance. Removing invasive grass, for example, is crucial for continued tree growth. We speak to Carlos Eduardo from the Black Jaguar Foundation, who explains that the partnership started a year and a half prior, based on the property’s need for restoration and environmental compliance. In addition, the partnership will help the property itself through reforestation. Alaine visits one of the areas they’re planted recently, which is about a month and a half old and has two hectares, where over 3,000 seedlings have been planted. On the farm Fazenda Santa Fe, they’ve planted a total of 15 hectares and 30,000 seedlings. The Fazenda Santa Fe is one of the biggest soy farms and cattle ranch farms in the region, but they understand the importance of land restoration, which is why they partnered with the Black Jaguar Foundation. Seedlings on the property are doing very well, growing vigorously and comprising of diverse species. Black Jaguar Foundation will need to do maintenance for 3 years and after this period the forest will be able to sustain itself. Alaine also visits Fazenda Cedro, to plant angico seedlings. Ben Valks from Black Jaguar Foundation explains that in spite of seeing nature around the riverbank, the whole area is dominated by soy farms and other agro-businesses. This is why Black Jaguar is excited about the Araguaia Biodiversity corridor, as planting native trees will help to bring back the rich biodiversity of both the Amazon and the Cerrado ecosystems.”  

– One Tree Planted Team

Nov. 2, 2021

Greenfinity Foundation extends BJF Green Partnership

By Allgemein, News Home

We are excited to announce the continuation of our partnership with Greenfinity Foundation! Greenfinity Foundation, seated in Graz, Austria, is committed to actively supporting initiatives that promote the preservation of natural habitats. As one of Greenfinity’s chosen organizations, the Black Jaguar Foundation is honored to be working together and receiving support to realize the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor, part of which will become the Greenfinity Forest! 

In line with their motto, “Together for our World. A Future Together”, the Greenfinity Foundation has been implementing sustainable environmental and climate projects across the globe since its foundation in 2011. We are excited to continue working together with our valued partner, and together work towards realizing the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor, and safeguarding our future. 

Learn more about Greenfinity on their First 600 profile page! 

Tarcila Ursini: BJF’s First Female Brazilian Ambassador

By Allgemein, News Home

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

BJF Becomes Actor for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration

By Allgemein, News Home

What is the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration? 

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which officially launched this year, was created to lead and unite international cooperation for the effective restoration of natural ecosystems, ensuring a sustainable future for all future generations. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aims to unite the many non-profit organizations, businesses, and individual actors that play a key role in the global movement for the restoration of natural ecosystems, and the construction of an economy built around restoration.  

The role of Black Jaguar Foundation as an Actor for the UN Decade 

As an official partner to the UN Decade, the Black Jaguar Foundation acts as a valuable contributor to the initiative, with an ambition to restore the Amazon and Cerrado biomes by realizing the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. 

We are proud to base our restoration activities on the guiding principles of the UN Decade. For a more detailed overview of these principles have a look through the guiding principles below: 

Or, if you want some more clarification on what exactly ecosystem restoration means, watch the video below:

COP 26 & Why it is so Important

By News Home

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: