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Trends in Loss of Reactive Nitrogen to the Environment [BIP]

Trends in Loss of Reactive Nitrogen to the Environment [BIP]

Indicator description

nefficient use of fertilizer and/or fossil fuels results in loss of reactive nitrogen to the environment. Eventually, the lost reactive nitrogen to the environment can end up close to water sources or in remote areas located far from human activities, where it is often the dominant source of reactive nitrogen. Once introduced there, the increased reactive nitrogen levels can severely impact associated biodiversity. Reactive nitrogen can also contribute to eutrophication of coastal ecosystems, acidification of forests, soils, and freshwater streams and lakes.

* Reactive nitrogen is chemically and biologically active, and is formed via the conversion of non-reactive atmospheric nitrogen (N2) through artificial fertilizer production and/or fossil fuel burning.

Mapping with Sustainable Development Goals

SDG Target 2.4

By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality

SDG Target 14.1

By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution

SDG Target 15.1

By 2020, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements

Mapping with 4th Ramsar Strategic Plan 2016-2024

Ramsar Target 5

The ecological character of Ramsar sites is maintained or restored, through effective planning and integrated management.

Ramsar Target 7

Sites that are at risk of change of ecological character have threats addressed.

Ramsar Target 14

Scientific guidance and technical methodologies at global and regional levels are developed on relevant topics and are available to policy makers and practitioners in an appropriate format and language.

Mapping with SPMS 2015-2023

CMS Target 7

Multiple anthropogenic pressures have been reduced to levels that are not detrimental to the conservation of migratory species or to the functioning, integrity, ecological connectivity and resilience of their habitats.