Andréa was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she grew up in close contact with nature. However, it was only when her five kids were off to secondary school that she fully committed to her mission of doing her part to reforest the Amazon. Andréa is an ambassador for Human Rights Watch in Brazil and runs two educational programs in the communities of Vidigal and Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro. She has been based in London for the past 25 years and her passions are education and the environment.
Carolina was born in London, England to a Brazilian mother and a Palestinian father. Her passion for the environment was first sparked on video day at school when she went on her first adventure with David Attenborough. Since then, she has been an avid recycler and passionate believer that one day her opportunity to do something more would come. This opportunity arrived in the form of Tree Love - a company that gave her the chance to make a small difference in the world.
The Black Jaguar Foundation pursues one clear objective: planting indigenous trees on a massive scale to help realize the Araguaia Biodiversity Corridor. This Corridor connects two of the world’s most vital ecosystems: the Amazon rainforest and the Cerrado savanna. It will become the longest nature corridor on earth and one of South America’s largest reforestation projects. With a total length of 2,600km and a width of up to 40km, the area covers 10.4 million hectares.
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Around 70% of the Cerrado savanna within the corridor zone has already been deforested for agricultural purposes. The Araguaia Corridor will be essential for connecting the remaining 30% of natural habitat pockets. If this reforestation project is successful it will save thousands of species by converting agricultural land back to the original biome of the Amazon rainforest and Cerrado savanna.
The native trees are planted on the land of the local farmers with their consent and support. On average, 40% of the previously farmed land will be reforested. The partnership between BJF and the local farmers is therefore vital to ensure the trees will never be taken down.
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For inspiring us to start this journey