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Statement from the PEER Director:

Dear Friends,

PEER has demonstrated throughout the past 15 years what we are able to achieve together within a strategic network which is based on a European Research Area concept.

Europe and consequently PEER has definitely suffered a significant setback by the decision of Britain to leave the EU. Nevertheless, PEER should stay committed to the ERA idea despite this problematic decision. I am absolutely convinced that our partner CEH is an indispensable partner in PEER and we need to identify ways to continue our fruitful collaborations even if common programs or projects will be harder to realize in future.


Georg Teutsch
PEER Director


Same directive, different quality standards for EU rivers
24 April 2017, Society, DCE
New study shows significant differences i EU member states environmental quality standards for pollution in rivers. Under the Water Framework Directive of the European Union (EU), member states are to establish national environmental quality standards (EQSs) for River Basin Specific Pollutants. A technical guidance document (TGD) exists, which was published in 2011. But how come the large variations of EQSs in various member states?

Mangrove restoration at Spaans Lagoen, Aruba
10 April 2017, Biodiversity and Land Use, Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra)
Recently work on mangrove restoration begins at Spaans Lagoen, Aruba, an internationally important wetland designated as a Ramsar site. WEnR have been involved since 2015 in giving advice to the Government of Aruba in relation to the impacts of a new bridge that has been constructed over the mouth of the lagoon. The bridge construction has unfortunately resulted in the loss of an area of existing mangrove and whilst the ministry for transport and infrastructure and the contractors, with the advice of WEnR, have done their best to minimise the loss and damage they recognise the need to try and compensate for this so, together with WEnR and local experts, they have identified an area to the north of the lagoen where silt and sand will be excavated and removed from the site.

Finnish research institutes planning centre in Chile to develop quality of environmental measurements
07 April 2017, Natural Hazards and Environmental Risks, SYKE
An international project has been launched at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) to plan a national Center for Environmental Reference in Chile together with the Finnish Meteorological Institute and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. In Chile quality control of environmental measurements has not been sufficiently comprehensive, which has weakened confidence in environmental information.


Towards a strategy for open data access in PEER – Challenges, Methods and Tools
17 October 2016, JRC
Considering the European Commission's policy of open access to research data and the general trend to improve accessibility of research data, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) is organising an open data PEER workshop which aims to help develop a common strategy and guidelines for data provision by the PEER partners. The workshop will be held in the JRC headquarters in Brussels from 17-18 October 2016.

PEER scientific seminar on data integration, exploration and analytics
Big Data Integration, Exploration and Analytics in Environmental Sciences - Open PEER scientific seminar
02 September 2016, Environmental Technologies, Irstea
With the kind support of the scientific department of the French Embassy, the Institute Francais in Munich and the BFHZ (Bayerisch-Französisches Hochschulzentrum).