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Global Partnership on Nutrient Management
by UN Environment - Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (GPA) (United Nations entity)
The Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM) is a global mechanism to bring together and harmonize otherwise fragmented efforts to address the nutrient challenge amongst a great many number of stakeholders. These diverse stakeholders include government, research and academia, agricultural and fertilizer producer organizations in the private sector, regional and international intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and the UN agencies. The GPNM provides a space/platform including through its electronic platform where countries and other stakeholders can meet and initiate dialogues to forge more co-operative work across the variety of international and regional fora and agencies dealing with nutrients.

The GPNM seeks to:
1. Advance improved understanding of the nutrient life cycle and its socio-economic and environmental impacts through direct observation and modelling approaches;
2. Build knowledge through sharing of lessons learned to assist in analysis of policies, business models and technological options for sustainable production and use of nutrients;
3. Create a global base of knowledge on policy experience and ways to adapt that experience to specific national circumstances;
4. Promote activities that raise awareness and disseminate information for improving capabilities of partners;
5. Facilitate development of new approaches and projects to complement governments efforts to reform/develop policy frameworks as a necessary foundation for sustainable nutrient management;
6. Identify key research, education and extension needs that would fill gaps in knowledge;
7. Offer opportunities to develop a network among the members.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Fertilizer use efficiency
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Manure management
  • Nutrient sinks (e.g. constructed wetlands)
June 2020
At least 4 region-specific economic valuation studies on environmental costs/benefits associated of nutrient management and environmental impacts.
June 2020
At least 2 targeted cost-effective on-the-ground demonstrations on effective nutrient management
Tools and awareness resources on managing the nutrient cycle to support technical professionals and policy makers to assist beneficiaries to better invest in best practices
Financing (in USD)
100,000 USD
Financing (in USD)
250,000 USD
Financing (in USD)
6,000,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: January 2009 - ongoing
Value Chains Sustainable Innovations, Ministry of Environment, Netherlands (Government) National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management, MoEF, Govt of India (Government) Chilika Development Authority India (Government) National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA (Government) Office of Water, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (Government) International Fertilizer Industry Association (Private Sector) UN Environment (United Nations entity) UNDP (United Nations entity) Food and Agriculture Organization (United Nations entity) UK-China Sustainable Agricultural Innovation Network, UK (Scientific community) GGS Indraprastha University, India (Academic institution) International Plant Nutrition Institute (Scientific community) International Fertilizer Development Center (Scientific community) University of Zrich (Academic institution) Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, UK (Scientific community) China Agricultural University (Academic institution) World Resources Institute (Scientific community) International Nitrogen Initiative (Scientific community)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Christopher Cox, Programme Officer, christopher.cox@unep.org, +254-20 762 4052
Nairobi, Kenya
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