Towards INMS

  • International Research Project
  • 2017 to 2021

Targeted Research for improving understanding of the global nitrogen cycle towards the establishment of an International Nitrogen Management System (INMS).
1) Tools for understanding and managing the global Nitrogen Cycle
2) Quantification of Nitrogen flows threats and benefits
3) Demonstration and verification of management tools at local/national levels
4) Awareness raising and knowledge sharing
‘Towards INMS’ is a 6M USD project is implemented by the UN Environment with funding through the Global Environment Facility (GEF). ‘Towards INMS’ will be executed through the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and its’ Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), on behalf of the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI). There are over 70 global project partners, supporting the work through co-finance and we will be conducting five funded regional demonstrations.
‘Towards INMS’ will develop the evidence base to showcase the need for effective practices for global nitrogen management and highlight options to maximize the multiple benefits of better nitrogen use. The project presents a key opportunity to pull together a global and critical mass of science evidence on the nitrogen cycle, and develop a sustained process that gets science, governments, businesses and civil society working together to build common understanding and deliver real change. A vital part of the task over the next four years will be to show how management of the global nitrogen cycle can deliver measurable benefits for oceans, climate, the atmosphere, land ecosystems and global society.

Funding Institution:

Global Environment Facility (GEF).


Project leader: Mark Sutton (NERC-CEH-UK).

Partners: NERC-CEH, GEF, UNEP, INI, et al. (about 80 partners).