Towards circular phosphorus:The need of inter- and transdisciplinary research to close the broken cycle

Stamm, C. and Binder, C.R. and Frossard, E. and Haygarth, P.M. and Oberson, A. and Richardson, A.E. and Schaum, C. and Schoumans, O. and Udert, K.M. (2021) Towards circular phosphorus:The need of inter- and transdisciplinary research to close the broken cycle. Ambio. ISSN 0044-7447

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Abstract

Phosphorus (P) is an essential element to all living beings but also a finite resource. P-related problems center around broken P cycles from local to global scales. This paper presents outcomes from the 9th International Phosphorus Workshop (IPW9) held 2019 on how to move towards a sustainable P management. It is based on two sequential discussion rounds with all participants. Important progress was reported regarding the awareness of P as finite mineable resource, technologies to recycle P, and legislation towards a circular P economy. Yet, critical deficits were identified such as how to handle legacy P, how climate change may affect ecosystem P cycling, or working business models to up-scale existing recycling models. Workshop participants argued for more transdisciplinary networks to narrow a perceived science-practice/policy gap. While this gap may be smaller in reality as illustrated with a Swiss example, we formulate recommendations how to bridge this gap more effectively. © 2021, The Author(s).

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Journal Article
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Ambio
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155706
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03 Jun 2021 12:55
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Published
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09 Jun 2021 05:59