The Sustainable Development Goals Policy Briefs highlight a hotspot of environmental change. The evidence provided builds on the scientific data and information hosted on the online platform Environment Live and is complemented by stories collected around the world. Readers may find out what is happening to their changing environment and the consequences of everyday choices; and think about future directions for policy in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Marine pollution is the result of deliberate or accidental discharge of untreated wastewater, dumping of solid wastes and other polluted runoff from a variety of land-based activities directly into our rivers and coastal waters. Healthy oceans are productive oceans, and resilient marine and coastal ecosystems are essential to achieve sustainable development.