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Accenture and BJF join forces

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The BJF are extremely pleased to announce our partnership with Accenture is stronger than ever! Accenture, the leading Salesforce Implementation Partner is a world-renowned company that provides a wide range of premium cloud strategy and technology consulting, as well as cloud implementation, integration and management assistance.

Accenture has supported the BJF by aiding our migration from the Salesforce “Classic” UI to the “Lightning Experience” UI. The migration was realized in record time of 3 weeks, helping us immediately with the day-to-day management of our tasks! By helping the BJF to update our customer relations management tool, Accenture has been a key and supportive partner for our project, boosting our productivity and efficiency.

We are immensely excited to be working with Accenture in this effort, read more about this exciting partnership and how Accenture support the BJF below!

Making a difference for NGOs with Salesforce | Accenture Insights

While we have a broad range of clients in all kinds of sizes, industries and countries, we take great pride in the work we do for NGOs. Not because we see it as a great PR opportunity, but because doing good is in our DNA.

Website update: We are now live in Portuguese!

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The BJF are proud to announce our Portuguese site is now live! This is a crucial step in our journey as it means we are now able to engage more readily with our Brazilian audience and keep them informed and up to date on all of the progress that’s taking place! 

We want to make sure that as many people as possible are aware about this vital work that is taking place in Brazil, and the implications it has for the global population. This website is the main outlet for tracking the BJF project, learning more about its importance and what you can do to support us in our mission. You can view our Portuguese website by clicking on the Brazilian flag in the top left corner of the page! 

This website has been made possible due to two of our amazing and dedicated partners!

Elevate are an agile company that create state of the art websites. Upon meeting the owner, Patrick Wachner at a workshop and presenting our project to him at a meeting in 2015, Mr. Wachner agreed to aid us in our goal and help assist with the creation of our new BJF website. It is largely thanks to the support of this innovative organisation that we have been able to launch our new website! You can see how they promote their work for the BJF here

We are Brain have been another vital component in this process, as a web and IT development firm they have brought this new website to life, assisting with everything from exploratory research and analysis to design. We thank them greatly for their support!

 

2 years old Lenn Jonkers is our youngest ever sponsor

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What an example Lenn Keyhan Yonkers and his parents are setting! Lenn is a two year old boy who lives in the Netherlands. For his second birthday, Instead of receiving luxury toys,  his parents and loved ones collected money so that trees can be planted in his honor along the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. 

The BJF has provided a certificate to Lenn, pinpointing exactly where his trees will be planted. He will also receive update every 6 months about how his trees doing. When he turns 15 his parents intend to take him to the site of his then fully developed patch of forest!  Lenn and his parents are truly setting a great example. Their donation shows how young children can already have a positive impact on the environment!

French Consulate in Brazil chooses BJF

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The BJF is positively engaging with the French community in Brazil! 

To celebrate the 14th of July French National Party, an event was organised by the French Consulate in São Paulo. The event was sponsored by 43 French companies and the BJF was one of two charities chosen to be promoted! Media agency Hud made an impactful video trailer for the event which included BJF and was presented to more than 700 people, including São Paulo Mayor, Bruno Covas. We are honored to be the charity of choice on such a prestigious day with one clear goal: planting 1 million native trees together with the incredible French community.

Your planted native trees are already in fruition

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When we plant seedlings in our restoration site, we separate between fast-growing and diverse species. The role of fast-growing species is to build up the new forest structure and provide the ideal conditions for the more diverse species to then thrive.

The fast-growing species do not only grow fast but they also have a faster life cycle, this is why some of the seedlings we have planted in December have already come into fruition! So far this season Mutambo (Guazuma ulmifolia) and the Urucum (Bixa orellana) have been the stars of the show. This fruition is a crucial stage in the restoration process as once these trees attract fauna, these animals will not only feed in the restoration site, but they will also bring seeds of different species, making the new forest richer and healthier.

The Mutambo (Guazuma ulmifolia) tree

BJF Team Brazil- painting their faces with fruit from our very own trees!

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

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.

The UN’s groundbreaking biodiversity report

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As many of you will already be aware, the UN’s Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service released a report on Monday, 6th of May 2019. It was a comprehensive assessment of global biodiversity loss.

The report paints an alarming picture of the current state of natural decline; it explains how nature is being destroyed tens to hundreds of times faster than the average degree over the last 10 million years.

It also explains how one eighth of species that are currently alive on earth are at risk of extinction. This report, therefore, is not one to ignore. It took three years to compile and has been contributed to by more than 450 scientists and diplomats. You can read more about its findings here.

Although this report shows the alarming threat of extinction for so many species, it also serves as a much needed signal. A signal that we need to stand up and act now to prevent catastrophic natural degradation. All is not lost if we act now, we can write our own future and stop this decline.

One proven way of preventing species decline is protecting and restoring our tropical forests. Our project aims to restore biodiversity along the Araguaia river. This will serve as a life artery for so many plants and species in the Amazon and Cerrado Savanna, two of the most ecologically rich biomes in the world.

By restoring nature and saving species from extinction, we are ensuring a future for humanity. We will be saving the underlying and interdependent natural systems vital for so many different functions in our lives: fresh water, modern medicine, oxygen and more.

Another important finding from this report is that 23% of global land has reduced agricultural productivity, due to land degradation. For landowners along the corridor, ecologically restoring small sections of their land will:

  • Maintain soil fertility and decrease soil erosion
  • Help regulate local rain cycles
  • Increase natural pollination by insects and birds
  • Conserve local water resources

You can learn more about the fundamental importance of restoring our forests and jungles, from the calming voice of David Attenborough here.

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