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Land Management

This area of the Geological Survey of Brazil provides geoscientific information about the physical environment both for public and private planners and managers in order to assist land use management and help the sustainable development.

Its main objectives are: generate, survey, process and spread basic information about the physical environment, indicating the vulnerabilities and potential uses of the land, for planning purposes to research and develop methodologies for processing about the physical environment to be used in maps and reports designed to assist land use management, including procedures for the generation of results derived from data integrations that are user friendly and are of immediate interest to users.

To promote the development of methodologies for quality control of studies, projects and programs concerning geomorphology, soils, land use/land cover, land use capability, and geo-environmental zoning.

To promote the development of methodologies to control studies, projects and programs concerning geology applied to land use management, geologic hazards, engineering geology and geotechnics.

To carry out multidisciplinary studies in partnership with public entities in the areas of environmental and health research and planning, so as to achieve practical objectives and ensure the relevance of the products created.

To develop environmental geology projects in the broadest sense, covering areas of interest and meeting needs in terms of the organization and management of physical space throughout national territory, to optimize investments and activities carried out both by the public and private sectors.

Environmental and land use geology studies have been carried out for 15 years, since the program was set up in 1991. Since the beginning of the environment its inception, this program has been a seed-bed for the development of new knowledge, methodologies and technological innovations in the field of environmental geology, enhancing the various ways in which geology can contribute towards sustainable development (environmental conservation + social inclusion + economic development).

  • Ecological/Economic Zoning.
  • Geological Hazards and Natural Disasters.
  • Environmental Geology applied to Land Use Management.
  • Geological/Environmental Studies.
  • Mining, the Environment and the Recovery of Degraded Land.
  • Environmental Geochemistry and Medical Geology.
  • Geoecotourism
  • Technical support for Counties and Metropolitan Areas.
  • Geoprocessing, database and Geographic Information System.
Over the past 15 years, the environment program has built up a collection of some 100 projects throughout Brazilian territory.

Jorge Pimentel
E-mail: jorge.pimentel@cprm.gov.br

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