South Asia

INI is seeking applications for the roles of INI Chair and Regional Directors for EU, South and East Asia

Opening: Chair INI

In view of the completion of the term-of-office of the current Chair in June 2022, INI is seeking an eligible person to lead its activities over the following 3 years. They shall be exceptional scientists in relevant field(s) with broad interests in various aspects of reactive nitrogen science, including research, application, policy and networking.

Umesh Kulshrestha

He specialises in air pollution, atmospheric chemistry and climate change including wet deposition among others. He is Dean, School of Environmental Sciences and Director of the Trans-disciplinary Research Cluster of Jawaharlal Nehru Uiversity. He has been associated with the GEF-UNEP-INI project on International Nitrogen Management System and South Asian Nitrogen Hub, apart from the Indian Nitrogen Assessment and many other Indian and international projects. He has over 100 scientific publications, articles and books/book chapters.

Fertilisers leaking huge amount of nitrogen into soil and water in India

An Article in 'nature India' report findings from "The Indian Nitrogen Assessment"Nature

The article notes that "a mammoth exercise in quantifying 'reactive nitrogen' in the environment has found that 65% of the nitrogen used in India as fertilisers may be getting leaked into soil, water and other natural resources, thereby significantly contributing to the country's greenhouse gas burden."

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India global hot spot for nitrogen pollution, say experts

An article in Nature India has reported on the Nitrogen Session at the World Environment Day 2018 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on June 4.

They note that "India is emerging as a ‘global hot spot’ for nitrogen pollution – a looming threat to its environment – owing to increased dependence on nitrogen fertilisers and notoriously low nitrogen uptake by crops resulting in its leakage into the soil."

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INMS workshop for the Regional Demonstration of South Asia: Maldives 12th-14th September 2017

An INMS workshop for the Regional Demonstration in South Asia entitled “Capacity Development for the National Authorities to Formulate Nitrogen Management Policy and its Implementation at National and Regional level in South Asia” was held at Male, Republic of Maldives, on the 12th-14th September, 2017.

Tapan Adhya

He specialises in environmental microbiology with emphasis on climate change and carbon sequestration, pesticide biodegradation and bioremediation, rhizosphere microbiology, wetland microbial diversity. A former Director of the National Rice Research Institute and a fellow of several Indian Academies with several national awards, he co-edited the Indian Nitrogen Assessment and is currently co-leading the South Asian Nitrogen Assessment under the GEF-UNEP-INI project, 'Towards International Nitrogen Management System', apart from being the Co-di

Atmospheric Deposition of Nitrogen in South Asia

In South Asia, significant progress in atmospheric deposition research has been achieved, steered by two major International programmes; The Composition of Atmospheric Aerosols and Precipitation (CAAP) and Composition of Atmospheric Deposition (CAD). Whilst there is currently no network set up to measure atmospheric deposition in South Asia, research of atmospheric deposition in the region has recently become a part of the South Asian Nitrogen Centre's mandate.

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