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Engaging new landowners: BJF Araguaia roadshow

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Last July our forest engineer- Eduardo Oliveira – and our project coordinator – Dimitrio Schievenin – went on a roadshow throughout the Araguaia region. The goal of the roadshow was to spread the news about the BJF to new landowners, regional stakeholders, and public agencies. They had many meetings, including with the secretaries of environment of Marianópolis, Caseara and Santana do Araguaia, secretaries of agriculture of Caseara and Santana do Araguaia, members of rural syndicates and agencies of Tocantins State. There was great interest to learn more about the project and the advantages of ecological restoration from all of these entities.

It was impressive to see the commitment of public agencies to the environment- even in very small towns! Angela Barbosa, secretary of environment of Marianópolis, was very proud to partner with the BJF and promised an articulation with local landowners. Legislators of Caseara suggested schoolchildren visit BJF nursery for environmental education. The BJF really looks forward to help these municipalities in re-greening areas of their land. 

You can see the local newspaper article written about the BJF here

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.

Ibiraú : new technical partner keeps us moving forward

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We are proud to announce that Ibiraú – the mapping and forest restoration engineers- have become a BJF technical partner. They have carried out an extensive mapping study and they have shared it with the BJF. This represents a breakthrough; we can now plan the next steps of restoration in the states of Tocantins and Pará.

The document analyses several aspects of the landscape of the region where we work: land limits, hydrography, state of the vegetation, connectivity potential… We can perceive in detail the localized needs of the regions we are helping to reforest. A great breakthrough for the BJF!

An example of the extensive mapping carried out by Ibiraú. 

New sponsor partnership: Seacon Logistics

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Mr. Hai Berden (founder of Seacon Logistics) and Mrs. Corrie Berden proudly receive their BJF Jaguar sculpture as a symbolic start of our partnership.

People, planet, profit – Seacon Logistics has always attached great importance to corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Seacon is a global logistical company with a presence in 75 countries worldwide. They are dedicated to running their operations in a way that reduces their environmental impact and limits CO2 emissions. We are very proud of our new partnership with Seacon! Their values beautifully align with our own, striving to create a better world for the next generation.

BJF roadshow at the University of Illinois

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Back in August, the Black Jaguar Foundation gave a lecture for students partaking in the Environmental Law and Policy course taught by Professor Heidi M. Hurd (Illinois University) at FGV Law School in São Paulo . After the lecture, Francisco Macedo (Partnerships Coordinator) was invited by Prof. Hurd to do a roadshow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The roadshow took place in November 2018. Its main objectives were to raise awareness around deforestation in the Brazilian Cerrado savannah and Amazon rainforest and promote the initiatives led by the Black Jaguar Foundation on its mission to realise the Araguaia Corridor, the largest biodiversity corridor on earth.

In Illinois, Francisco had the honor of (i) delivering an address at a Luncheon Seminar, attended by Environmental Policy students and some college of Law Faculty members, (ii) speaking individually to over fifteen local professors from different faculties in order to discuss potential partnerships between the University of Illinois and the Black Jaguar Foundation and (iii) deliver a keynote at the Land Conservation Foundation annual dinner

Apart from enlarging the BJF Community, Francisco’s trip was very productive and the outcomes range from financial donations to the establishment of scientific partnerships to be announced soon… We will keep you posted!

After the time spent at the University of Illinois, Francisco also flew to New York City to host a series of fundraising meetings. These meetings also turned out to have a great positive financial outcome for the BJF.

Meet Eloise: Our Communications Coordinator

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BJF’s core team keeps on expanding! We now have a dedicated communications coordinator, Eloise Moench, who takes charge of our internal and external communications. This involves ensuring our sponsor partners are up to date with the latest news, building our social media presence and making sure our whole team is aligned and informed about how our grand project is developing.

Eloise is from the UK but moved to the Netherlands almost two years ago to study a Philosophy Masters. She specialized in climate negotiations- exploring how philosophical ideas of distributive justice can instruct the ways in which we internationally share the costs of climate change. After completing her degree she decided to stay in the Netherlands and begin working for the BJF, promoting and communicating the importance of our mission. We are happy to have her on board!

BJF 2018: Some of our Highlights

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2019 is already here, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have you with us. Thanks to your support, we’ve accomplished many milestones in 2018.  Together we:

  • Completed the Mapping Task of the entire 10,4 million ha Araguaia Corridor Zone thanks to our partner World Resources Institute (Brasil).
  • Completed the Biodiversity Planning of over 6,000 ha. 
  • Expanded our community of restoration & mapping partners in Brazil.
  • Constructed two nurseries for native trees and started our restoration work on the ground. The planting has started!

There are so many more milestones to share with you! That’s why we created a photo collage to get an impression.

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