Workshop Details

  • Date:  Saturday December 3, 2016 (10am – 5pm) and Sunday December 4, 2016 (9am – 1pm)
  • Location:  Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)


Following on from the First Plenary Meeting of INMS, held in April 2015 (INMS-1, Lisbon), which focused on introducing the different partners and stakeholders, the focus of the Second Plenary Meeting (INMS-2, Melbourne) is on building the teams needed to start the work of INMS.  It includes the launch of the ‘Towards INMS’ project funded with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Environment Programme (formerly UNEP, now ‘UN Environment’) and all the other project partners.

Day 1 focuses on developing the INMS process and work plan (Components 1-3).  Day 2 focuses on communications, dissemination and stakeholder engagement (Component 4), including establishing the Towards INMS Stakeholder and Policy Advisory Group (SPAG), followed by the Project Partners Assembly (PPA) which governs the Towards INMS project.

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Saturday 3 December 2016

10:00 – 10:30am Welcome Address
Associate Professor Gregory Harper, DEDJTRUpdate on the INMS process and the Towards INMS Project
Mark Sutton
10:30 – 11:30am Multi-lateral agreements and the nitrogen policy arena
11:30 – 12:30pm Baseline activities

  • INMS Pump Priming project, Clare Howard
  • GEF/UNEP Global Nutrient Cycle (GNC) project, Chris Cox
  • Nitrogen Efficiency of Whole-cropping Systems (NEWS India-UK) virtual joint centre, Raghuram Nandula
  • Nitrogen Foot-printing, Jim Galloway
12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 2.40pm Tools for understanding and managing the global nitrogen cycle (Towards INMS Component 1)

  • Work plan Tools for understanding and managing the global nitrogen cycle, Jill Baron and Hans van Grinsven
  • Scheduling and discussion of resources in relation to Towards INMS, Clare Howard

Discussion in Breakout Groups by Component 1 Activity

  • Group 1: Development of nitrogen system indicators (A1.1)
  • Group 2:  Development of methodologies for threat assessment and N fluxes and distribution (A1.2, A1.3)
  • Group 3:  Development of approaches for threat benefit valuation (A1.4)
  • Group 4:  Flux-impact path models for assessment, scenarios & strategy evaluation (A1.5)
  • Group 5:  Examination of the barriers to achieving better nitrogen management (A1.6)
  • Round up discussion
2:40 – 3:00pm Quantification of N flows threats and benefits (Towards INMS Component 2)

  • Work plan on Quantification of N flows threats and benefits (C2), Wim de Vries & Jean Ometto
  • Scheduling and discussion of resources in relation to Towards INMS C2, Clare Howard
3:00pm – 3:30pm Tea & Coffee
3:30 – 4:20pm Discussion in Breakout Groups by Component 2 Activity

  • Group 1:  Quantification of nitrogen flows, threats and benefits at global and regional scales (A2.1)
  • Group 2:  preparation of global assessment of nitrogen fluxes, pathways and impacts (A2.2)
  • Group 3:  Integrating methods, measures and good practices to address N issues (A2.3)
  • Group 4:  Future N storylines and scenarios with management/mitigation options & CBA (A2.4)
  • Group 5:  Collation & Synthesis of experience and measures adopted by GEF and others (A2.5)
  • Round up discussion
4:40 – 6:00pm Regional Demonstration of full nitrogen approach

  • Work plan Regional demonstration of Full Nitrogen Approach, Mark Sutton and Cargele Masso
  • Scheduling and discussion of resources in relation to Towards INMS C3, Clare Howard

Discussion in Breakout Groups by Component 3 Activity

  • Group A:  East Asia
  • Group B:  South Asia
  • Group C:  Latin Maerica
  • Group D:  East Africa
  • Group E:  East Europe
  • Group F:  West Europe
  • Group G:  North America
  • Round up discussion and close

Sunday 4 December 2016

9:00 – 10:00am Awareness Raising and Knowledge Sharing

  • Opening of Day 2
  • Work plan Awareness Raising and Knowledge Sharing, Clare Howard and Bleeker
  • Scheduling and discussion of resources in relation to Towards INMS C4, Clare Howard
  • General Discussion on Towards INMS Component 4
10:00 – 11:00am Establishing the Towards INMS Stakeholder and Policy Advisory Group (SPAG) Engaging with Governments, Business and Civil Society

  • Principles of establishing the SPAG and its relationship to other INMS groups, Mark Sutton
  • Discussion:  Relationship of the SPAG to other bodies including the emerging Nitrogen Policy Arena
  • Discussion:  Developing stakeholders view on the format and membership of SPAG
  • General discussion:  Stakeholder views on priorities and issues for Towards INMS
11:00 – 11:30am Tea & Coffee
11:30 – 1:00pm

Towards INMS 1st Project Partners Assembly

Outline of project structures and approach, Clare Howard

  • Management & Governance structure
  • Introduction to the team in Project Coordination Unit (PCU), roles and responsibilities
  • Reporting procedures, activity, finance, co-finance
  • General discussion on Towards INMS Structures and approach

Internal Communications management, including Component and Activity Leadership

  • Discussion on balance, gaps and emerging challenges

Discussion on component and activities budget and co-financing

  • Including identification of any emerging issues / challenges / opportunities

Summary of calendar for 2017 and next steps

Close of INMS-2 meeting