In recognition of GDPR, we wish to be fully transparent with how we will use, store, and protect your data. Your name, institute and the country of your institute will be shown on a list of scientists and researchers that support this ‘Call’. This list will be visible online at the ‘Our Phosphorus Future’ project website (www.opfglobal.com). This list will be provided alongside a declaration that highlights that it is the named individual ONLY that supports the call and not their affiliated institution or employer. Your email address will not be shared with those outside of the ‘Our Phosphorus Future’ project and will only be used to provide news on events related to this ‘Call’. All details will be securely stored.
Background to the Call: A lack of policy and public awareness is slowing progress in improving phosphorus sustainability. To raise policymaker awareness, the Our Phosphorus Future (OPF) project drafted a global call to policymakers worldwide to support progression towards more sustainable phosphorus management. Specifically, asking for actions to:
- develop further scientific evidence to support phosphorus stewardship,
- develop collaboration, coordinate, and utilize available networks,
- engage with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and global governance,
- identify and elaborate, with stakeholders and industry, opportunities, and solutions.
The Call was originally established as the “Helsinki Declaration” and launched at the European Sustainable Phosphorus Summit in Helsinki, 2018, and then presented again at the 6th Sustainable Phosphorus Summit in Brazil, also in 2018.
The ‘Our Phosphorus Future’ project
The official website of the OPF project is under development and will be ready by Autumn, at www.opfglobal.com. Until then, we provide a bit of background on the project below, but for more info or to get involved please contact us via email: OPF@ceh.ac.uk
The ‘Our Phosphorus Future’ project is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) international opportunities fund, with additional support from UNEP and the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP). The project is currently being delivered by the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
The project aims to:
- Raise awareness of the priority issues, possible solutions and co-benefits of delivering global phosphorus sustainability.
- Bring together scientific evidence to support policy development, and
- Contribute to consensus development around the scientific base and the issues identified.
The core project output will be a synthesis report with accompanying briefing notes for each chapter/theme. These outputs will communicate the evidence on flows and drivers of the global phosphorus cycle. This evidence will be used to underpin clear messages on the capacity of changes in societal behaviour to transform the governance of phosphorus from local to global scales. At the same time, it will prime the international scientific and policy communities to co-develop the next steps towards a durable international process on phosphorus science support to policy.
We thank the following institutions for providing in-kind co-funding to the project: The China Agricultural University; The Institute of Tropical Agriculture (Kenya); Indian Institute of Soil Science; the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia); Lancaster University, (UK); Queens University, Belfast, (UK); the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, through the International Nitrogen Management System (UK); Rothamsted Research (UK); and the University of Bristol (UK).