To reflect upon the remediation of urban areas degraded by contamination is an issue that challenges the current urban environmental management bodies. The human occupation of contaminated land poses a risk to the environment and to public health.

Revitalization of these areas can ensure the return of residential and commercial practices to central regions, thereby ensuring economic productivity and the fulfillment of these regions’ social functions, as well as contributing to a reduction of pressure on natural resources.

In 2018, the International Seminar had its 11th edition, becoming the most important event in Latin America in the area of ​​environmental remediation. The latest edition was held in conjunction with Sustainable Remediation (SustRem), known for holding international conferences, which aims, like Ekos, to encourage the exchange of experiences and perspectives on remediation of contaminated areas, but more specifically focusing on sustainable remediation. The SustRem event in Brazil in 2018 was the first time this important event took place in the Southern Hemisphere.

Collaborating with Environmental Remediation, the Ekos Brasil Institute promotes the achievement of item 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).