Tribunal de Contas da União

The importance of soils

Soil is an essential resource for a series of fundamental activities in human life, such as the production of food, fibers and energy, the provision of environmental services, sustainability of biodiversity, maintenance of water sources. Nevertheless, the soil is not inserted in debates related to these areas in a general way.


The risks soils are subject to

The area of productive soils is limited. Its inadequate use and management result in degradation and significant loss of its fertility and productive capacity. It is estimated that the amount of cropland per capita in the world has reduced around 50% in the last fifty years. Around 33% of the lands is considered to present a high or average level of degradation due to erosion, salinization, compaction, waterproofing and chemical pollution.


The conference

The Federal Court of Accounts – Brazil, considering its institutional mission of contributing to the improvement of public administration for the benefit of society and in partnership with several institutions connected to the soil thematic, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Brazilian Corporation of Agricultural Research (Embrapa), the Brazilian Society of Soil Science, Itaipu Binational, the Ministry of Environment, the National Water Agency, the National Society for Agriculture and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, has decided to promote a profound discussion around the country about the aspects that surround the soil governance and its impacts on several sectors.

 Brazilian Letter

Click here to download the letter.


Words from the President of the               Let's talk about soil    
Federal Court of Accounts and                 - IASS                                           his partners   



For further information, please read the reference document of the event.




The event is intended for:

  • Decision-makers within the federal government
  • Professors and researchers
  • Organizations of the civil society
  • Other professionals of this area

March 25-27, 2015
  Teatro Oi Brasília
  Royal Tulip Hotel
     Brasília - DF








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