Value of Engagement
For Industry & Practice
Private sector, in particular the fertilizer and food industries, is a key stakeholder in the global P arena and the food security it serves, and an important partner in the TraPs process. As ‘practice’ node leaders, private sector partners can strongly influence the direction of TraPs efforts, including foci of case studies. They will also be a highly visible contributor in the TraPs global communications, both spoken and written. Specifically, participation in the TraPs process will allow the private sector to:
- At the global level, actively and visibly participate in a context of a multi-stakeholder forum in discussions on sustainable P use;
- Drive future scientific and technology generation efforts to areas where knowledge gaps exist;
- Shape future policies on P, its production and use.
The scientific community is a key stakeholder in the global P arena, including in food security and environmental issues, and an important contributor to the transdisciplinary process, both in substance and in methodology.
As `science` node leaders, academic partners can strongly influence the direction of the TraPs efforts. As members of the nodes, partners from science – in cooperation with partners from practice – guide the development of critical topics, questions, scope, methodology and case studies to gain insight into critical aspects of sustainable P use along the supply chain (from exploration, mining, processing, use, recycling and dissipation to cross-cutting issues). The science partners will also be a highly visible contributor in the TraPs global communications, both scientific and popular. Specifically, participation in the TraPs process will allow the scientific community to:
- Become part of the world’s first global transdisciplinary process which organizes mutual learning between theory and practice.
- Be a full-fledged contributor and member of this transdisciplinary project, including in-depth learning about the transdisciplinary methodology and processes. (Note: The work of each node and case study will be supported by a transdisciplinarity coordinator - a scientist with strong theoretical and practical experience in designing and implementing transdisciplinary projects).
- Go beyond traditional basic and applied research: Using knowledge integration to reach across disciplines and theory-practice boundaries.
- Be linked to a top international community of research and practice on innovation in sustainable P management and transdisciplinary studies, ensuring that research results are directly received by key members of the academic and practice communities, and applicable to a topic of urgent relevance.
- Facilitate obtaining funding for efforts linked with Global TraPs, due to the project’s international stature.
- Be involved in case studies focusing on issues of key importance to current discussions and debates surrounding P, from production to use to recycling. Work in synergy with those involved in other case studies for maximum synergy, learning, and impact.
- Participate in developing orientations and messages directed to science foundations and policy makers on stewardship issues related to P.
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