Aviagen® Latin America has reaffirmed its commitment to environmental sustainability by announcing support for the JBS Fund for the Amazon.

Established in 2020, the JBS Fund is a Brazilian non-profit organisation that promotes and finances initiatives focused on the sustainable development of the Amazon Biome – a region that is vital to the sustainability of the planet due to its significant role in producing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide, a major greenhouse gas.

Aviagen Latin America, a dedicated supporter of the fund, has pledged to fund projects from 2021 to 2023, resulting in a total donation of R$1.5 million (US$400,000). These projects focus on vital areas such as conservation, forest restoration, biodiversity, community development and the advancement of science and technology.

In collaboration with Aviagen Latin America and other corporate allies, the JBS Fund has committed a total of R$62.2 million (US$13 million) to support 19 projects until 2026. These initiatives will assist 90 businesses managed by the communities and individuals, benefiting more than 4,000 families, Additionally, they will help conserve more than 1.9 million hectares of land and/or support land recovery efforts, while also providing support to 19 conservation units and indigenous lands.
"We are very satisfied with the way the Fund has been managing the projects, in a very transparent and professional way," said Aviagen Latin America president Ivan Lauandos. "We are proud to team up with JBS to promote the sustainable development of the Amazon region, improving the lives of the inhabitants by creating and fostering economic opportunities for the region."
Highlighting the vital importance of this valuable alliance, Joanita Maestri Karoleski, president of the JBS Fund for the Amazon, said: "Our collaboration with Aviagen has been instrumental in developing projects supported by the Fund. With the help of private resources, we can support areas that need regeneration and value creation within the bioeconomy chains.

"Private investment works alongside public policies, creating better conditions for socioeconomic development in the Biome. It is through working together that we can achieve significant scale and make a real impact."
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