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10:00 to 12:00: Nutrients: For Food or Pollution? The Choice is Ours!
17 Jun 2012 - 17 Jun 2012
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Banco the Caixa

Essential nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, are central to improved food security and sustainable development. However, excess use and inefficient nutrient management practices can and do contribute to climate change, nutrient over-enrichment of aquatic systems, soil acidification and groundwater pollution, harmful algal blooms, hypoxic dead zones, loss of coral and sea grass cover and declining fish stocks.

UNEP as the Secretariat of the Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM) brings together governments from around the world, international organizations, scientists, the private sector and NGOs, to address problems of nutrient over-enrichment and the need for accelerated moves towards food security, to combine the goals of increased productivity with conservation of natural resources.

The session aims to provide an overview of the main issues concerned with nutrient management, with specific attention to nitrogen and phosphorus. This includes reflecting on the nature of the challenge (i.e. benefits versus threats), listing the key threats, the current practices and policies, identification of the future needs (e.g. science assessment, global and regional policies). This event will promote informed dialogue on the role of nutrient management in sustainable agricultural and food production by providing information, and pointing policy makers and practitioners to good practices, training opportunities and the possibilities for action. There will be a keynote presentation based on the findings of the global overview study commissioned by UNEP. This will be followed by a panel discussion and questions and answers. The special event will engage a small group of policy experts, scientists and agency officials as panelists to clarify the issues, and discuss the added value of the Partnership for countries and other stakeholders.

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