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.
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