Target 10 – Ecosystems vulnerable to climate change

By 2015, the multiple anthropogenic pressures on coral reefs, and other vulnerable ecosystems impacted by climate change or ocean acidification are minimized, so as to maintain their integrity and functioning.

Key message

IPLCs, particularly those in small islands, coastal and high-altitude areas, deserts and the Arctic are already experiencing the impacts of climate change. Natural resource management systems of IPLCs and ICCAs[xxxvii] play an important role in reducing anthropogenic pressures on coral reefs and other vulnerable ecosystems. Concerted action on this target is needed to bolster IPLCs’ abilities to maintain ecosystem integrity and to cope with climate change impacts, including reform of climate mitigation and adaptation policies that stand to increase IPLCs’ vulnerability.

Summary of progress towards the target