An International Nitrogen Management System

An ‘International Nitrogen Management System (INMS)’ will bring together the science community, the private sector and civil society to gather and synthesize evidence that can support international policy development to improve global nitrogen management. 

Towards INMS

The ‘Targeted Research for improving understanding of the global nitrogen cycle towards the establishment of an International Nitrogen Management System (INMS)’ project or – ‘Towards INMS’ will deliver the INMS over the next four years.

‘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.

Towards INMS project structure

‘Towards INMS’ is broken into four components shown in the diagram below.


For more information on the project structure of ‘Towards INMS’ and the activities, tasks and task outputs under each component please click here.

Project Documents

If you would like a copy of the Project Document and associated annexes of the project, you can download it here (please note the file size is 13MB).

The Project Co-ordination Unit

Please click here for more information on the people who make up the 'Project Co-ordination Unit' for the 'towards INMS' project, and here for why you should care about nitrogen in the first place!