Human occupation and land use process in the Itaim basin, Taubaté, Brazil

Marcelo dos Santos Targa, Mauro Castilho Gonçalves, Celso de Souza Catelani, Nelson Wellausen Dias



Indiscriminate use of land leads to substantial changes in the routine of social groups. Caused predominantly by anthropic elements and historically observed by the behavior of the economic and social trajectories, this phenomenon causes changes in the landscape and territory. This investigation analyzed the historical and social incidents in the random occupation of a hydrographic basin, located in the city of Taubaté, State of São Paulo. It considers factors related to urban occupation and the characterization of the rural environment, based on the analysis of anthropic conditions related to gradual alteration of the landscape and the territorial environment, from a historical and environmental perspective. Based on topical incursions at particular points in the basin and analysis of components found in the water, a progressive and inevitable degradation of their natural characterization was found, as well as the urgent need of intervention by public entities, and the population that lives and works in the region is called for, in order to expand the preservation of what remains of history, environment and rural culture.


environmental sciences, sustainability, territory, water management


Revista Ambiente & Água. ISSN:1980-993X DOI:10.4136/1980-993X

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