Nitrogen is a double-edged sword. The element is a key component in fertilizers and helps fuel the growth of essential crops like wheat and maize. But too much nitrogen can pollute the air, decimate soils and create lifeless “dead zones” in the ocean.
“It is unacceptable that hunger is on the rise at a time when the world wastes more than 1 billion tonnes of food every year. It is time to change how we produce and consume, including to reduce greenhouse emissions,” says United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.
In this course, gain a broad understanding of the key actors, drivers, impacts, and challenges involved in wastewater and nutrient pollution, the establishment of satisfactory monitoring systems, the development of funding mechanisms, and the negotiation of policy, and learn how wastewater and nutrient management can be used as a resource with which to pursue greater sustainability and community resilience and ensure the health and integrity of the aquatic ecosystems upon which we depend.
The GPNM Secretariat within UNEP-GPA announced the succession to the Chair of the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM).
Prof. R. Ramesh, Director of the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management in the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change of India, takes over from Dr Greg Crosby of the US Department of Agriculture who ably held the reins for the past 3 years. Prof. Ramesh, who has been associated with and supportive of the work of the GPNM since its inception back in 2009, has a term of 3 years commencing July 1st 2016.
Dr. Gregory Crosby (USDA) steps down as Chair of GPNM after his three year tenure in this position.
This was announced by the GPNM Secretariat within UNEP-GPA. The position is taken over by Prof. R. Ramesh, Director of the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management in the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change of India. Prof. Ramesh, who has been associated with and supportive of the work of the GPNM since its inception back in 2009, has a term of 3 years commencing July 1st 2016.
This paper, was drafted by GPNM’s NUE Task Team led by Dr. Terry Roberts and Dr. Rob Norton (International Plant Nutrition Institute) and Dr. Eric Davidson (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sci-ence). It offers the technical basis and supporting research for using Ni-trogen Use Efficiency (NUE) as a performance indicator to improve global food production, and control the potential harmful environmental impacts of excess nitrogen-based compounds from manufactured and animal waste fertilizers.
UNEP's Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA) turns 20 this year!
The GPA emerged out of the Washington Declaration signed in Washington DC in 1995 by 108 countries. Preparations are underway by the GPA to mark the anniversary celebrations commencing in November 2015. A review document capturing the achievements and lessons of the programme will also feature the work under the nutrient management portfolio.