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Planting season 2020 in full force

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In December 2019, we embarked on our second planting season in Brazil. This year we are being more ambitious than ever as we start to action plans to plant our first million trees.

Using the knowledge acquired from the last rainy season, we’re perfecting our restoration techniques. Learning from experience, research and from our technical partnerships, this year we have particularly developed our direct seeding techniques, one of 5 methods we use in our restoration work. 

We’ve also gained an even better understanding of which tree species are optimum to rebuild the forest structure. For example, this year we’re using more legume trees (Fabaceae family). These are Nitrogen fixing which will increase the health of the soil, improving its fertility and allowing future plants to flourish.

These months see the year of preparation come to fruition, as the seedlings that have been carefully grown in our nurseries are planted. Taking root in their new home and officially fulfilling their role in the restoration of the Araguaia biodiversity corridor. 

As this planting is going on, preparations have already begun for next season!

Bioflora inspire & inform Landowners

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At the end of 2019, the BJF hosted an event with the landowners syndicate of Santana do Araguaia. This was led by our technical partner, Bioflora Restoration Technology, who are now working with us to increase our engagement with new landowners. During this day, André Nave, Director of Bioflora, gave a lecture about the environmental improvement of farms and rural properties, shining a light on the necessity for landowners to engage in environmental regularisation.

The day sparked many interesting discussions surrounding the move to more sustainable practices and the benefits this can create both for landowner, communities and the environment.

These educational sessions are one way we’re increasingly building strong relationship with landowners. This also served as an introduction to the Ecological Restoration course the BJF will hold in March, in partnership with Bioflora and LERF.

It’s official…BJF becomes IUCN member!

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We are extremely proud to announce that we have officially been accepted as an IUCN member. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature is one of the worlds largest nature conservation organisations, composed of states, government agencies, NGOs, Indigenous Peoples’ organisations, academic institutions and business associations, harnessing the experience of its more than 1,300 member organisation.

The IUCN represents a combined effort to conserve nature and accelerate the transition to sustainable development. It’s diverse, multidisciplinary nature means membership entails  access to a wealth of  resources and knowledge that helps organisations such as the BJF be as effective as possible. 

In 2018 the IUCN celebrated its 70th anniversary. At this time they released a statement which said No one government or organisation can correct humanity’s course alone.’ This is a notion the BJF share, we are not restoring the worlds longest biodiversity corridor, we are building a community that will extend for generations to come. 

Introducing Daisy: our new Communications Coordinator

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We are extremely happy to have Daisy Longden on board, taking over the reigns as Communications Coordinator. As we expand and our field operations develop, this role is more crucial than ever. Ensuring all sponsors and friends are kept up to date and making sure we deliver one clear, positive message. Trees are the solution!

Originally from the UK, Daisy recently completed her masters in International Development at the University of Amsterdam, focusing on the co-dependence of social and environmental development. After her research into the social impact of environmental sustainability in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, and with a history in communications, we are excited for Daisy to bring her knowledge to our vibrant core team.

10 de dezembro: a estação de plantação começa

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Graças ao trabalho de nossa equipe no Brasil e as várias visitas de nossos parceiros técnicos na Bioflora, estão sendo feitos os preparativos finais para começarmos a plantar nesta temporada! A partir de 10 de dezembro, pretendemos plantar 10.000 mudas ao longo do corredor. Este será o começo de nosso trabalho para alcançar nossa meta anual: plantar o primeiro milhão de árvores até o final de 2019!

Atualmente, muitas dessas mudas estão germinadas e medindo entre 20 e 60 cm. Mais estão sendo preparadas esta semana e serão plantadas na fazenda Santa Fé, um dos nossos principais parceiros. Essas mudas se transformarão em árvores altas e pioneiras que fornecerão um abrigo para que possamos plantar mais tarde diversas espécies de árvores nativas por baixo. Isso é muito empolgante para a BJF enquanto entramos na próxima fase de nossa missão e começamos a colher os frutos de nosso trabalho. Anos de trabalho duro finalmente começaram a culminar na restauração do Corredor de Biodiversidade do Araguaia!

BJF 2019: Vamos celebrar o nosso progresso!

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Este ano, alcançamos muitos marcos, nenhum dos quais teria sido possível sem VOCÊ!

Nossa comunidade aumentou drasticamente ao longo do ano passado, resultando em parcerias e fundos necessários para atingir a próximo etapa. Mais importante, em 2019 expandimos nossas operações de campo e, com novos proprietários de terras parceiros, o próximo objetivo concreto está à vista: nosso primeiro milhão de árvores!

Das novas parcerias ao segundo projeto piloto, aqui estão apenas alguns dos destaques do ano:

  • Taxa de sobrevivência de 90% de nossas primeiras mudas, em comparação com uma média de 70% na indústria.
  • Em 2019, 15.000 árvores foram plantadas e outras 41.000 foram cultivadas por regeneração natural.
  • Nosso extenso Green Capital Study está quase completo! 11 pesquisadores internacionais, 12 meses e um grande número de dados sobre o impacto no Corredor Araguaia. Com isso, foi criado um conselho consultivo Global, composto por profissionais de renome em áreas como gerenciamento de paisagem, finanças verdes e sustentabilidade corporativa.
  • Após um longo processo de inscrição, a BJF se tornou um membro oficial da IUCN!
  • Uma bem-sucedida viagem de due diligence da ambientalista Andrea Dreesmann e seu filho Felipe, para visitar nosso trabalho de campo em abril de 2019, levou Andrea e Quinten Dreesmann a começar uma parceria com a BJF.
  • Marina (Coordenadora de parcerias Brasil) eDimitrio(Coordenador de projeto) se juntaram ao time BJF Brasil eDaisy assumiu como Coordenadora de Comunicação.
  • Os engenheiros ambientais Elyakin and Phablo se juntaram à nossa equipe de campo como articuladores de campo, começando a criar novas parcerias cruciais com os proprietários de terras.
  • O site da Black Jaguar Foundation foi lançado em Português
  • O projeto de Governança da BJF foi iniciado, em estreita parceria com o escritório de advocacia Vieira Rezende.
  • O livro da BJF, No Risk, No Life, foi lançado! Veja o lançamento

2019 foi um ano incrível, nos sentimos mais honrados do que nunca por trabalhar com nossa equipe e com tantos parceiros e amigos inspiradores. Manteremos essa dinâmica positiva nos impulsionando em 2020 e esperamos muitos marcos ainda maiores e mais verdes no horizonte!

Join us for our 2020 Celebration event!

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We are honoured to invite you to our 2020 Milestone Celebration Event!

This time, the event will take place in Genk, Belgium, at the extraordinary LABIOMISTAhome to the enigmatic artworks of BJF Ambassador, Koen Vanmechelen. We have been permitted unique access to the restricted wing of LABIOMISTA for this exclusive event.

Official invites will be sent shortly, however, as we can only receive a limited number of guests, kindly reserve the date in your agenda and confirm your attendance at your earliest convenience. 

Fortunately, there are many milestones to celebrate with you on Saturday the 18th of April, and as we are expanding our reforestation in the field, we need you more than ever in 2020! We can thrive only because of the support we receive from you: our generous and invested network of partners, sponsors and friends.

So, on top of celebrating our milestones together, this event is to celebrate you! 

We hope to see you in Genk next year! 

The BJF Team & Ambassador Koen Vanmechelen 

Make Christmas 2019 about the future.

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Make this Christmas about the future and give the most valuable gift. Give life…give trees! DONATE ANY AMOUNT, big or small, and come on this epic journey with us. For each € 5 of your donation, we will plant a native tree in your name!

For those of you who are already part of TheFirst600 campaign, now is the time to renew your partnership. 

Already 50.000 native trees are growing thanks to your support and the next goal is 1,5 million native trees!

What makes our mission unique? 

  • The BJF team manages every stage of the process, from fundraising to the planting and maintenance of your trees.
  • Partnerships are key. Everyone we work with becomes a valued partner. 
  • Creating positive, sustainable relationships with local landowners and communities is at the center of what we do.
  • Your trees will be maintained for 3 years after planting to ensure maximum survival rate.
  • Detailed scientific mapping and biodiversity planning ensure your trees restore the areas to their natural state.
  • The scale. With the aim to plant over 1.4 billion native trees, this will one of the largest reforestation project in South America….learn more 

Become part of something much bigger this festive season! Join one of the largest reforestation projects, planting native trees, on the planet, and help us restore the biodiversity of the Araguaia corridor, in the heart of Brazil. We are committed to changing the fate of our planet, are you? 

If your donation is a gift for someone else, we can address your BJF friend package to be sent directly to your loved ones.

Thank you for your support and we wish you a very green Christmas, 

The BJF Team

BJF lead panel at the Brazilian Conference on Climate Change

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The CBMC – Brazilian Conference on Climate Change – is an annual meeting, the first of which convened in early November this year, bringing together non-governmental organisations, social movements, governments, the scientific community and the Brazilian private and public sector for three days of dialogue and proposals surrounding the implementation of the Brazilian NDC, the Paris Agreement and the 2030 agenda. A landmark event representing the collective action taking place in Brazil to tackle climate change.

The Black Jaguar Foundation had the honour of being invited to participate in the event as a partner organisation. Marina Tavares (BJF) and Dimitrio Schievenin (BJF) lead the panel “Restoration and Recovering of Degraded Areas: Commitments and Opportunities for Brazil”, together with Severino Ribeiro (CEPAN and Atlantic Forest Restoration Pact) and Jeferson Straatmann (ISA – Socio-Environmental Institute). Our project coordinator, Dimitrio Schievenin, was also invited to the WWF panel, “Barriers and Opportunities for NDC Implementation in the Farming Sector – A Focus on Restoring Degraded Areas in the Brazilian Cerrado.”. Here we shared the learnings so far from our pilot project in Santana do Araguaia (PA) and Caseara (TO), an area viewed to be the transition point between the Cerrado and Amazon biomes.

The outcome of this conference was the Recife Declaration. The Black Jaguar Foundation are one of numerous institutions, NGOs, companies and public agencies that have signed this agreement, committing to stand against climate change and work collectively towards a greener, more sustainable future. With our mission to restore more than 1 million hectares of the Amazon and Brazilian Cerrado along the Araguaia River, we are very proud to contribute directly to the Brazilian restoration target of 12 million hectares by 2030, the figure agreed upon in the Paris Agreement.

 

You too can show your support for climate action in Brazil and sign the Recife Declaration https://www.climabrasil.org.br/assinatura

BJF Demonstration unit open for environmental education

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During the current rainy season, the BJF field team is implementing a Restoration Demonstration Unit (RDU), located in the Farm of the Future, in the heart of the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor! Our team first prepared the area for restoration by removing all invasive grasses and plants, placing a fence and starting to plant the first seedlings. This RDU will be fully restored using three different techniques: seedling planting, with legume plants between the seedlings; dense seedling planting; and direct seeding, mixing tree species and legume plants.

The aim is for this 1,3 hectare restoration site to become a reference for other landowners that wish to partner with the BJF to restore their land, allowing them to see the process in action. The RDU will also be used as a site for local environmental education! When the restoration process is complete, pathways and sign boards will be created within the RDU, so people can walk around, explore and find out more information about ecological restoration. Local schools will also visit the site so children can come and learn more about the environment and why we need to restore and maintain these important areas. 

The BJF Team along with researchers from the Green Capital Study, visiting the Restoration Demonstration Unit (RDU), November 2019.

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