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International Biodiversity Day: how our project contributes to the preservation of local species

By 19. May 2024May 23rd, 2024News Home

It’s International Biodiversity Day! And, in addition to explaining the importance of biodiversity, we want to show how the work we do, and that you support, contributes to the maintenance and preservation of biodiversity in the Amazon Forest and Cerrado Savanna.

What is biodiversity?

From the plankton in our seas to the jaguars skulking through our forests, biodiversity is the varied and distinct totality of all life forms on earth.

For any ecosystem to remain healthy and alive, it must maintain its biodiversity. This is because different species perform different tasks within an ecosystem, and it is the culmination of all these tasks that keep the ecosystem functioning and alive.

Just like how a multinational business wouldn’t be able to run without a combination of CEO’s, managers and interns – an ecosystem can’t survive without a synergetic mix of predators and prey, herbivores and omnivores, flora and fauna.

Healthy ecosystems provide us with critical services and natural products necessary for international human survival.  For instance, our rainforests provide us with clean water, oxygen, food and medicine.

How does the Black Jaguar Foundation contribute to promoting Biodiversity?

Our goal is not just to reforest, but to ecologically restore Araguaia. Each hectare of land to be restored is mapped so that we can plant a wide variety of species.

Currently, in our projects, we use more than 70 native trees. Most of them are purchased directly from our seed network, Ressemear. And we often join the collectors and go on expeditions with the aim of mapping new seed species for the production of seedlings in our nursery. Of these, some groups adapted to waterlogged soil conditions and others to drier places.

Recently, we found 7 species that grow in the flooded areas of the Araguaia River and that can be used in our restoration projects – increasing the biodiversity of our plantations.

And the results can already be seen when we visit the restoration areas. Trees that were not planted by us are already growing, animals are seen and little by little we are transforming the landscape on the banks of the Araguaia River.

If you want to be part of this change, support the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor! Your contribution will allow biodiversity to be preserved and the Amazon Forest and Cerrado to be recovered!

Would you like to join us in realizing one of the longest biodiversity corridors on Earth? Become one of the First 600 to join our mission of hope and action HERE.