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General note
The profiling of Araguaia Corridor Project by the BJF has been simplified in order to make the basic concept understandable to anyone. For detailed answers or answers not part of this Q&A, please send a mail to info@black-jaguar.org

Which organization is the architect of this project?
The Araguaia Corridor project was initiated in 2005 by the Brazil-based Jaguar Conservation Fund (JCF), headed by renowned Dr. Leandro Silveira. He is one of the world's leading jaguar conservationists, with twenty years of experience in jaguar conservation and ten years of acting as the president of the JCF. He is featured in the book 'Wildlife Heroes', which was released in March of 2012, presenting 40 of the worlds' most renowned wildlife conservationists. As the initiator, the JCF is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the corridor project. In recent years an Alliance of Corridor Partners has been created, of which BJF is a devoted part.
 
Another reason for the BJF wanting to help realize JCF's initiative as best as we can, is that it may be a relatively small organization compared to Greenpeace or other large institutions, but it has the guts nonetheless (as well as the experience and the knowledge) to take on a massive conservation project like this. Such a bold undertaking deserves the support of many, the BJF among them - now and in the future.

What is the process of realizing this corridor ? 
(by all Corridor Partners)
Ultimately, the local communities, their inhabitants, the indigenous industrial farmers, all those who live and work within the corridor zone, are the key to the success of this massive conservation project.
 
According to Brazilian federal law, 20% of any land owned by farmers in the Cerrado region should be kept in its original natural state. Compliance with this law has been monitored more strictly in recent years, as many farmers have ignored this law in the past or found ways to circumvent it.
 

The governmental body IBAMA approaches farmers who have not adhered to the 20% rule. They allow them a certain time-frame to correct their 'mistake,' urgently 'recommending' them to convert 20% of their land back to 'original natural habitat' within the Araguaia Corridor Zone.  IBAMA will introduce these farmers to JCF's corridor project. Subsequently, JCF and the local farmer have direct contact with each other. JCF's task is to ensure that the right 'mosaic of protected lands' will be (re-)created.

In addition, small patches of land (critically important or strategically located) may be purchased by the Corridor Alliance to be converted into Private Natural Heritage Reserve if the landowner can not do so himself. This obviously requires funds that need to be made available for this purpose by the Corridor Partners. This procedure of buying land and converting it into 'Private Natural Heritage Reserve' is the exception and not the rule.

How many black jaguars will be saved through this corridor project?
Actually, that is not the point at all. We are not setting out to save (just) one particular color variant of the jaguar species. Our aim is to preserve and restore the habitat of the jaguar on such a large scale that it will save thousands of species and add millions of trees to the reforestation.

 
 


Do local landowners want to be part of it?
In the past few years, farmers have actually become more receptive towards conservation in general, and to reserving a part of their land for nature-conservation in particular. This is due not only to international pressure to preserve the Cerrado and the Amazon, but also - especially even - to the increased awareness among young Brazilians. Farmers are more often keen to cooperate and to become a part of the biggest nature corridor on the planet.
 
How will the land be protected once it is part of the corridor?
Farmers and landowners who join the Corridor Program are very committed. They are proud to be a part of the corridor project. Some of them have even changed the legal designation of their 20% land into 'protected natural reserve'. They protect their 'natural reserve' against illegal poachers in a way that no governmental body ever could. Having successfully worked together with the Corridor Alliance, such educated and environmentally conscious farmers are in fact the Star-Ambassadors for the corridor project.