Target 18 – Traditional knowledge and customary sustainable use

By 2020, the traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous and local communities relevant for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and their customary use of biological resources, are respected, subject to national legislation and relevant international obligations, and fully integrated and reflected in the implementation of the Convention with the full and effective participation of indigenous and local communities, at all relevant levels.

Key message

Building on the progress that has been made towards this target will require continued efforts by IPLCs and others to raise awareness of the importance of their traditional knowledge and systems of customary sustainable use, and of their essential role in meeting the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Ensuring recognition of and respect for traditional knowledge and customary sustainable use in the implementation of the Convention will necessitate enhanced policy, legal and institutional support at all levels.

Summary of progress towards the target