OUR ENVIRONMENT IS OUR FUTURE,
REFORESTATION AFFECTS US ALL

© Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Find out everything you need to know.
Explore how realizing the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor
will impact your life and our planet as a whole.

Find out everything you need to know. Explore how realizing the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor will impact your life and our planet as a whole.

THE ARAGUAIA CORRIDOR

WATCH THE CORRIDOR ANIMATION

REASONS TO HELP

HOW WE SUCCEED

WHY WE NEED YOU

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

 
 

THE ARAGUAIA BIODIVERSITY CORRIDOR 

THE ARAGUAIA CORRIDOR HAS THE SIZE
TO TRULY MAKE A DIFFERENCE

THE ARAGUAIA BIODIVERSITY CORRIDOR 

THE ARAGUAIA CORRIDOR
HAS THE SIZE TO TRULY
MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Biodiversity corridors, or nature corridors, consist of strips of (reforested) land that connect isolated ‘islands’ of pristine and intact nature. The Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor in Central Brazil will become the longest of all nature corridors on earth and one of South America’s largest reforestation projects. Its scope is astonishing, with a total length of 2,600 kilometers and a width of up to 40 kilometers situated alongside the riverbanks of the entire Araguaia river and part of the Tocantins river. The Corridor connects two of the world’s most vital ecosystems: the Amazon rainforest and the Cerrado savanna.

As for the Cerrado savanna, around 70% of its original pristine habitat within the corridor zone has already been deforested for agricultural purposes. The Corridor connects the remaining 30% of ‘natural habitat pockets’ with each other. It will save thousands of species and bring forth a massive reforestation project, converting agricultural land back to the original state of the Amazon rainforest and Cerrado savanna. Hundreds of millions of indigenous trees will be replanted and go on to have a positive and permanent effect on each of us and all future generations.

Biodiversity corridors, or nature corridors, consist of strips of (reforested) land that connect isolated ‘islands’ of pristine and intact nature. The Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor in Central Brazil will become the longest of all nature corridors on earth and one of South America’s largest reforestation projects. Its scope is astonishing, with a total length of 2,600 kilometers and a width of up to 40 kilometers situated alongside the riverbanks of the entire Araguaia river and part of the Tocantins river. The Corridor connects two of the world’s most vital ecosystems: the Amazon rainforest and the Cerrado savanna.

As for the Cerrado savanna, more than 80% of its original pristine habitat has already been deforested for agricultural purposes. The Corridor connects the remaining 20% of ‘natural habitat pockets’ with each other. It will save thousands of species and bring forth a massive reforestation project, converting agricultural land back to the original state of the Amazon rainforest and Cerrado savanna. Hundreds of millions of indigenous trees will be replanted and go on to have a positive and permanent effect on each of us and all future generations.

WATCH THE
ARAGUAIA CORRIDOR ANIMATION

WATCH THE
ARAGUAIA CORRIDOR ANIMATION

REASONS TO HELP

THIS CORRIDOR HAS GLOBAL IMPACT,
IT WILL AFFECT ALL OF US

REASONS TO HELP

THIS CORRIDOR HAS GLOBAL IMPACT, IT WILL AFFECT
ALL OF US

FRESH AIR
YOU BREATHE

20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon
rainforest and the Cerrado savanna.

CLEAN WATER
YOU DRINK

30% of all sweet water in the world is filtered each year through the Amazon and Cerrado.

MODERN MEDICINE
YOU NEED

25% of all modern medication is derived from plants in the Amazon and the Cerrado.

THE BIG
RAIN CIRCLE

Rain cycles in Southeast Brazil depend on trees from the Amazon and Cerrado. Without forests, no rain and no life.

How you can help realize the Araguaia Corridor

How you can help realize the Araguaia Corridor

STATEMENT

“Instead of complaining about deforestation or climbing in trees
to join the tree huggers, I firmly believe we can and will make
a positive and constructive contribution.”

BEN VALKS, INITIATOR

STATEMENT

“Instead of complaining about deforestation or climbing in trees to join the tree huggers, I firmly believe we can and will make a positive and constructive contribution.”

BEN VALKS, INITIATOR

HOW WE SUCCEED

WE FOCUS ON THREE CRUCIAL TASKS TO CREATE A LASTING IMPACT ON THE ARAGUAIA CORRIDOR

HOW WE SUCCEED

WE FOCUS ON THREE CRUCIAL TASKS TO CREATE A LASTING IMPACT ON THE ARAGUAIA CORRIDOR

The realization of the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor is not an endeavor to undertake lightly. It is a massive conservation project that can only be realized through a step-by-step approach, detailed planning and close partnerships. Our first crucial task is mapping the Corridor’s entire 10.4 million hectares (more than 25 million acres) to identify its landowners and determine their land use. We will build a user friendly online system to store and monitor all this data. This information will be the key to start creating a positive community of landowners who are invaluable to the success of the project.

Each part within the ecosystems of the Corridor has its own unique mix of native trees that is essential to restoring the natural balance of the Amazon rainforest, the Cerrado savanna and the tropical savanna that connects the two. Our second task therefore consists of in-depth studies to determine the right combination of indigenous trees to be replanted for the entire Corridor and meticulous plans for the reforestation itself. The BJF will also set up an Ecological Agriculture Knowledge Center to help landowners transition into sustainable ecological farming while increasing their productivity.

The third and final task is the reforestation itself. All the information we gathered will be turned into replantation models and offered to local landowners, including instructions on planting techniques. For a select group of landowners, the Black Jaguar Foundation will finance and carry out the reforestation plans. Their plots of land will serve as positive examples to other landowners who are considering creating private protected nature reserves, in line with the environmental laws of Brazil. We will carry out all these complex tasks in close partnership with world renowned scientific institutions and partners.

MAPPING

The realization of the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor is not an endeavor to undertake lightly. It is a massive conservation project that can only be realized through a step-by-step approach, detailed planning and close partnerships. Our first crucial task is mapping the Corridor’s entire 10.4 million hectares (more than 25 million acres) to identify its landowners and determine their land use. We will build a user friendly online system to store and monitor all this data. This information will be the key to start creating a positive community of landowners who are invaluable to the success of the project.

BIODIVERSITY PLANNING

Each part within the ecosystems of the Corridor has its own unique mix of native trees that is essential to restoring the natural balance of the Amazon rainforest, the Cerrado savanna and the tropical savanna that connects the two. Our second task therefore consists of in-depth studies to determine the right combination of indigenous trees to be replanted for the entire Corridor and meticulous plans for the reforestation itself. The BJF will also set up an Ecological Agriculture Knowledge Center to help landowners transition into sustainable ecological farming while increasing their productivity.

REFORESTATION

The third and final task is the reforestation itself. All the information we gathered will be turned into replantation models and offered to local landowners, including instructions on planting techniques. For a select group of landowners, the Black Jaguar Foundation will finance and carry out the reforestation plans. Their plots of land will serve as positive examples to other landowners who are considering creating private protected nature reserves, in line with the environmental laws of Brazil. We will carry out all these complex tasks in close partnership with world renowned scientific institutions and partners.

WHY WE NEED YOU

WE ARE 100% DEPENDENT ON DONATIONS AND
SPONSOR PARTNER CONTRIBUTIONS

In the preparation phase, during which we built a healthy base for our foundation, our team grew to include over 140 professional volunteers from 14 different countries. We have been the fortunate recipients of free talent, free goods and free services from companies across five continents.

However, we’ve also learned that it takes more than sponsored goods and free services to plant a single tree – let alone millions of them. To be able to start planting trees and carrying out the mapping of the Corridor Zone’s 10.4 million hectares of land, we fully depend on your financial support.

In the preparation phase, during which we built a healthy base for our foundation, our team grew to include over 140 professional volunteers from 14 different countries. We have been the fortunate recipients of free talent, free goods and free services from companies across five continents.

However, we’ve also learned that it takes more than sponsored goods and free services to plant a single tree – let alone millions of them. To be able to start planting trees and carrying out the mapping of the Corridor Zone’s 10.4 million hectares of land, we also need your financial support.

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FAQ

EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW
ABOUT OUR WORK

FAQ

EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW
ABOUT OUR WORK

01
HOW DID THE CORRIDOR PROJECT START?

The Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor project is a truly Brazilian bred initiative. It was architected in 2008 by the Jaguar Conservation Fund (JCF), a Brazilian organization headed by the renowned Dr. Leandro Silveira. He is one of the world’s leading jaguar conservationists. One of JCF’s tasks is to map the distribution of the five key species and to study the jaguar ecology in the Corridor Zone. The BJF is an active contributor to the Corridor project, carrying out and financing several crucial tasks.

02
WHAT IS A BIODIVERSITY CORRIDOR?

A biodiversity corridor is a strip of reforested land that (re)connects previously fragmented portions of natural habitat. It helps to counter the negative effects of deforestation and to recover degraded areas. Newly reforested areas connect with national parks and indigenous reservations, together creating a mosaic of nature reserves. It is also beneficial to several ecosystems by allowing the wider circulation of animals, stimulating the exchange of genetic material and halting the erosion of biodiversity.

03
WHY ALONG THE ARAGUAIA RIVER?

The Araguaia river is one of the best preserved large-sized rivers in Brazil. It only caters to one hydroelectric dam, the Tucuruí dam, and is home to the biggest river island in the world. Bananal Island is part national park and part indigenous reservation, and is the only original habitat in a largely deforested area, connecting nature in the north and south. The Araguaia river is also the crucial link between two important and highly diverse ecosystems: the Amazon rainforest and the Cerrado savanna.

01
HOW DID THE CORRIDOR PROJECT START?

The Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor project is a truly Brazilian bred initiative. It was architected in 2008 by the Jaguar Conservation Fund (JCF), a Brazilian organization headed by the renowned Dr. Leandro Silveira. He is one of the world’s leading jaguar conservationists. One of JCF’s tasks is to map the distribution of five key species in the Corridor Zone. The BJF is an active supporter of and contributor to the Corridor project, carrying out and financing several crucial tasks.

02
WHAT IS A BIODIVERSITY CORRIDOR?

A biodiversity corridor is a strip of reforested land that (re)connects previously fragmented portions of natural habitat. It helps to counter the negative effects of deforestation and to recover degraded areas. Newly reforested areas connect with national parks and indigenous reservations, together creating a mosaic of nature reserves. It is also beneficial to several ecosystems by allowing the wider circulation of animals, stimulating the exchange of genetic material and halting the erosion of biodiversity.

03
WHY ALONG THE ARAGUAIA RIVER?

The Araguaia river is one of the best preserved large-sized rivers in Brazil. It only caters to one hydroelectric dam, the Tucuruí dam, and is home to the biggest river island in the world. Bananal Island is part national park and part indigenous reservation, and is the only original habitat in a largely deforested area, connecting nature in the north and south. The Araguaia river is also the crucial link between two important and highly diverse ecosystems: the Amazon rainforest and the Cerrado savanna.

04
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CERRADO SAVANNA?

Less known than the Amazon rainforest, the Cerrado savanna is a vital and complex ecosystem that makes up 20% of the Brazilian territory. Two thirds of the Araguaia Corridor Zone is Cerrado savanna. It is said to be the richest savanna in the world in terms of biodiversity with more than 10,000 plant species and its large rivers, endemic fauna and unique forests make it as precious as the Amazon rainforest.

05
WHAT DOES REFORESTATION ENTAIL?

Reforestation is a land restoration process that will vary according to factors such as location, climate and soil conditions. After a thorough study of degraded areas, the best planting techniques and tree species per location can be determined. Success is built on the right combination of such variables: reforestation is truly an art. One thing is certain: when we provide the proper conditions, nature will come back.

06
WHAT KINDS OF TREES WILL BE REPLANTED?

The BJF and its partners will plant a mix of only indigenous native trees to restore the degraded areas of the Araguaia Corridor. In the Cerrado region, approximately 50 different tree species are required to start recreating original forests. The growth of trees then encourages plants to grow, birds to scatter seeds and small animals to find a home, leading other plants to grow and even more animals to arrive. Planting trees is only the first step before nature takes over.

04
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE CERRADO SAVANNA?

Less known than the Amazon rainforest, the Cerrado savanna is a vital and complex ecosystem that makes up 20% of the Brazilian territory. Two thirds of the Araguaia Corridor Zone is Cerrado savanna. It is said to be the richest savanna in the world in terms of biodiversity with more than 10,000 plant species and its large rivers, endemic fauna and unique forests make it as precious as the Amazon rainforest.

05
WHAT DOES REFORESTATION ENTAIL?

Reforestation is a land restoration process that will vary according to factors such as location, climate and soil conditions. After a thorough study of degraded areas, the best planting techniques and tree species per location can be determined. Success is built on the right combination of such variables: reforestation is truly an art. One thing is certain: when we provide the proper conditions, nature will come back.

06
WHAT KINDS OF TREES WILL BE REPLANTED?

The BJF and its partners will plant a mix of only indigenous native trees to restore the degraded areas of the Araguaia Corridor. In the Cerrado region, approximately 50 different tree species are required to start recreating original forests. The growth of trees then encourages plants to grow, birds to scatter seeds and small animals to find a home, leading other plants to grow and even more animals to arrive. Planting trees is only the first step before nature takes over.

07
WHY DO LANDOWNERS WANT TO BE PART OF THIS PROJECT?

Brazilian farmers are starting to realize that the success of agriculture depends on forests and their contribution to the environment. Not only does environmental law in Brazil now dictate that they reserve part of their land for its natural habitat, but the mentality itself is changing. These landowners are becoming more receptive to nature conservation, an attitude the Corridor Project is looking to encourage and utilize.

08
IS THE BJF DOING THIS ALONE?

The BJF is creating an international alliance of actors who strive to help realize the Araguaia Corridor. We already work together with a variety of partners, including universities, NGOs, companies, governments and scientists, and look forward to expand our network. We know our project won’t be realized overnight. With well defined goals, a clear strategy to achieve them and a step-by-step approach, we know together we are able to succeed.

09
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

The complexity and magnitude of this mission can’t be fully explained on the pages of this website. If you have further specific questions or would like to dive deeper into the scientific and technical background of our project, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Send us an email at info@black-jaguar.org and we will happily provide you with more information. Thank you for your interest!

07
WHY DO LANDOWNERS WANT TO BE PART OF THIS PROJECT?

Brazilian farmers are starting to realize that the success of agriculture depends on forests and their contribution to the environment. Not only does environmental law in Brazil now dictate that they reserve part of their land for its natural habitat, but the mentality itself is changing. These landowners are becoming more receptive to nature conservation, an attitude the Corridor Project is looking to encourage and utilize.

08
IS THE BJF DOING THIS ALONE?

The BJF is creating an international alliance of actors who strive to help realize the Araguaia Corridor. We already work together with a variety of partners, including universities, NGOs, companies, governments and scientists, and look forward to expand our network. We know our project won’t be realized overnight. With well defined goals, a clear strategy to achieve them and a step-by-step approach, we know together we are able to succeed.

09
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

The complexity and magnitude of this mission can’t be fully explained on the pages of this website. If you have further specific questions or would like to dive deeper into the scientific and technical background of our project, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Send us an email at info@black-jaguar.org and we will happily provide you with more information. Thank you for your interest!

How you can help realize the Araguaia Corridor

How you can help realize the Araguaia Corridor