This aims of this meeting were to discuss the project plan, build a shared understanding of the major objectives and tasks of the project. Furthermore the meeting aimed to refine how each partner would fit into the developing structure of Towards INMS, as well as inform how INMS could best support international nitrogen policy frameworks.
The meeting was attended by 85 experts from 29 countries, including representatives of international conventions, programmes and organizations, researchers, industry representatives and other stakeholders. The meeting was immediately followed by the 10th meeting of the UNECE Task Force on Reactive Nitrogen, which allowed for additional synergies to be developed, with 110 delegates joining the combined meetings. The INMS meeting also provided the opportunity for engagement of the ‘Nitrogen in Future Earth’ project, including developing feedback with Future Earth projects through side meetings hosted by the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI).
The meeting comprised of 8 sessions covering the following topics:
- Challenges in manageing the global nitrogen cycle and views from multi-lateral agreements
- Sharing the INMS vision and baseline activities
- Reflections and engagement - IGOs, business and NGOs
- Science examples and nitrogen dating
- Regional demonstrations and other aspects of the project
- Summing up the INMS approach and relationship with global and regional intergovernmental processes
- Developing INMS procedures