Target 8 – Pollution reduced

By 2020, pollution, including from excess nutrients, has been brought to levels that are not detrimental to ecosystem function and biodiversity.

Key message

IPLCs have made important contributions to reductions in nutrient pollution by promoting agricultural practices with no or minimal use of chemicals, including traditional systems. They have also contributed to reductions in heavy metal pollution through community-based monitoring and reporting, and through campaigns and litigation to hold polluters to account. Further action is urgently required to protect ecosystems, biodiversity and also IPLCs from the effects of pollution.

Summary of progress towards the target