Soil is the basis for the development of various forms of life and responsible for the provision of Ecosystem Services.
In addition, it brings stories that tell the relation of different human generations with the land. In the last centuries, this relationship between man and the soil has become increasingly problematic, resulting in a high level of landscape transformation and degradation. These changes on the land use and cover, have compromised the functioning of ecosystems with repercussions on biogeochemical and hydrological cycles, which directly affect the climate and the provision of Ecosystem Services.
Our interdisciplinary team strives to understand soil processes and investigate sustainable management techniques, developing projects that evaluate the effect of these techniques to improve the quality of the soil and the quality of population´s life.
Among the techniques discussed in the scientific community, the use of biochar (product derived from residues) in agricultural crops and livestock, stands out in our projects, as well as the Agroforestry Systems (SAFs), which help in restoring forest cover, improving soil quality, producing food and maintaining human well-being. With these efforts, we can transform the soil situation, guaranteeing natural resources for the next generations.
Early Response of Soil Properties under Different Restoration Strategies in Tropical Hotspot
More effort is needed to implement and disseminate soil protection measures for tropical soils
Soil ecosystem services in tropical regions: a systematic review
Expertise on #23 – Integrated approach: better choices for restoring ecosystems
Political, social, and economic research of soil ecosystem services to support smallholders while restoring Brazilian Atlantic Forest
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution: Local Perception in Forest Landscape Restoration Planning: A Case Study From the Brazilian Atlantic Forest
Workshop on agricultural commodities production and trade scenarios outcomes on land use change and biodiversity in Brazil
2020 in retrospective
Ecology: Soil dynamics in forest restoration: a data set for temperate and tropical regions
Sustainability: Perception-Based Study on the Value of Nature to People and Land Sparing for Nature in Brazil and Poland
CSRio Seminar: Are new frameworks needed? Discussion in the scope of environmental projects
Nature: Global priority areas for ecosystem restoration
Restoring 30% of the world’s ecosystems in priority areas could stave off more than 70% of projected extinctions and absorb nearly half of the carbon built up in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution
Nature: Area-based conservation in the twenty-first century
Conservation Letters: Associations between socio-environmental factors and landscape-scale biodiversity recovery in naturally regenerating tropical and subtropical forests
Humanity at a crossroads, says UN Global Biodiversity Outlook 5
Nature: Bending the curve of terrestrial biodiversity needs an integrated strategy
Podcast “Biochar for soil quality and farming sustainability in Brazil”
IIS team members attended the World Biodiversity Forum
The importance of Legal Reserves for protecting the Pantanal biome and preventing agricultural losses
The Review of Biomass Potential for Agricultural Biogas Production in Poland
Biochar amendment improves degraded pasturelands in Brazil: environmental and cost-benefit analysis
PLANGEA – Planning Integrated Land Use
GEF Private Areas – Conserving biodiversity and rural landscapes
UKRI GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub
Biodiversity and Ecosystems’ Economy Study (TEEB) – Paraíba do Sul River Basin – Paulista Portion / São Paulo
Evaluation of ecosystem services in the state of Acre
Increasing agricultural output while avoiding deforestation – Mato Grosso State analysis
Decision-making towards a more sustainable agriculture
Soil enhancers to assist sustainable agriculture
Potential of improved use of current agricultural lands to meet demands and spare nature in Brazil
Sustainable Rural Development in Paraitinga River Basin, São Paulo State
Ecosystem services availability after changes in the land use and vegetation coverage: the case of Paraíba do Sul river valley
Look down — there is a gap — the need to include soil data in Atlantic Forest restoration
Soil quality and cleaner atmosphere
Meeting with institutions and local leaders of Pouso Alto´s APA – GEF Private Areas
First Landowners Meeting of the São João River Basin Protected Area – GEF Private Areas Project
Biochar can be used to recover degraded soils, according to study
Planejamento pode conciliar recuperação florestal e expansão agrícola
The Cerrado is heading for the largest extinction of plants ever recorded in the world. According to Bernardo Strassburg, director of IIS, even if deforestation stops today, without restoration 657 sp
Agnieszka Latawiec, professor at PUC-Rio and IIS´ director, is awarded by the British Crown.
Researcher from Rio wins unprecedented prize from the world’s oldest scientific academy
Final TEEB project presentation for the Secretariat for the Environment of the State of São Paulo
Bernardo Strassburg talks to TV PUC-Rio about the progress of Cerrado deforestation, its consequences and the possibilities to avoid the collapse of the biome.
Bernardo Strassburg speaks with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) on the sidelines of the 13th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP13).
Agnieszka Latawiec talks to UOL TV about the study that she coordinated about the lack of labor and the adoption of good agricultural practices in the Amazon
Agnieszka Latawiec talks to Terraviva TV about the study that coordinated about lack of labor and adoption of good agricultural practices in the Amazon
The G1 website has disseminated the study elaborated by CSRio, IIS and partners, which shows that in 30 years the Brazilian cerrado may have higher plant extinction in the world history
Bernardo Strassburg talks about the progress of deforestation in Cerrado in an article from Observatório Eco – Direito Ambiental.
Agência O Globo website has disseminated the study coordinated by Agnieszka Latawiec, where the lack of labour is pointed as the main problem for adoption of good agricultural practices in the Amazon
The Estadão website has disseminated the study coordinated by Agnieszka Latawiec where the lack of labour is pointed as the main problem for adoption of good agricultural practices in the Amazon
Discussion forum with Bernardo Strassburg and Agnieszka Latawiec, from IIS, at the Global Landscape Forum held in Paris – 2015 (from the 36th minute)
Daniel Silva, from IIS, cooperates with the O Eco website report about livestock intensification
Centre for Conservation and Sustainability Science is inaugurated
Bernardo Strassburg and Agnieszka Latawiec talks to PUC-Rio TV about the importance of preserving the Cerrado biome.
Conta social: Incentivo a novas áreas ambientais