Welcome to the sign up page for ‘The global call for a science initiative on phosphorus, 2018’

This is a global call to policy makers worldwide to support progression towards more sustainable phosphorus management. Please download the ‘call’ by clicking here.

To add your name to the list of individuals that support this global initiative, simply provide your details below and click 'Submit'.

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(Please note: it is the named individual ONLY that supports the call and not their affiliated institution or employer.)

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In recognition of GDPR regulations, 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.opf.global). 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 and deleted by March 2020 (one year after the end of the project).

This call is launched in coordination with the development of the ‘Our Phosphorus Future’ project, funded by the NERC international opportunities fund, with additional support from UN-Environment, European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform and all contributing partners.

The official website of the ‘Our Phosphorus Future’ project is under development and should be ready by July 2018, 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

The ‘Our Phosphorus Future’ project is a two year project (concluding in March 2019), funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) international opportunities fund, with additional support from UN-Environment and the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP).  The project is currently being delivered by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Project aims

As a ‘pump-priming’ project, the project aims to be the first output from a long-term multi-stakeholder network of international experts. This network will provide the necessary scientific authority to support development of novel global phosphorus policy.

In brief, 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 clearly 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 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); Rothamstead Research (UK); and the University of Bristol (UK).