We are deeply saddened by the passing of one of our most cherished partners. Donald MacGregor Tuttle, founder and CEO of Jadora International, passed away on September 24 at the age of 50. He was a true visionary and, in the words of his family, “an advocate of all things wild and vulnerable.” Through his work at Jadora, he left behind an incredible legacy of creative and transformational conservation.
Jadora’s mission is to “mitigate climate change, preserve biodiversity, and improve livelihoods through an innovative and economically sustainable approach to forest preservation.” A pioneer in the carbon credit industry, Don Tuttle helped implement REDD+ programs (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Jadora manages programs in an area of the DRC that is the size Michigan–and is still growing.
We at BCI are honored to call Don a friend and collaborator. We have been partnering with Jadora to create a forest carbon program in the Sankuru Nature Reserve. The work will continue and many lives will be changed for the better, all thanks to Don and his wonderful leadership.
Though he will be deeply missed, his life will serve as an inspiration and as a testament to the power of partnership.