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SYKE - Finnish Environment Institute (Finland)DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University (Denmark)EC JRC - European Commission, Joint Research CentreIRSTEA - National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (France)CEH - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (United Kingdom)Wageningen Environmental Research (Alterra)UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (Germany)CIENS - Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Researchpeer

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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.

Sincerely,

Georg Teutsch
PEER Director

NEWS

Public procurements are leverage in circular economy
21 June 2017, Society, SYKE
Municipalities would achieve significant cost savings and increase their material efficiency if new raw materials were to be replaced with recycled and reusable ones or if industrial co-products were used. This is a conclusion of the project funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers that studied through Nordic examples how circular economy is implemented in public procurement.
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Coastal spatial planning forms the basis for sustainable business activities
21 June 2017, Biodiversity and Land Use, SYKE
The planning of coastal spatial management enables account to be taken of the effects of land-sea activities on coastal nature and local business activities. The objective of such planning is to examine all human activities affecting coastal areas and to direct the use of coastal and marine areas on a more environmentally-friendly basis. These experiences should be used by coastline countries, both nationally and more widely at EU level. In maritime spatial planning, the aim is to ensure the sustainable use of European maritime areas.
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Significant blue-green algae blooms possible in Finnish marine areas during 2017 summer
01 June 2017, Marine, SYKE
The risk for vast blue-green algae blooms in the Gulf of Finland is greater than during previous years. The exceptional nutritional conditions are caused partially by major Baltic inflows from the North Sea in 2014 and 2016, which allowed the phosphorous deepwater to reach the Gulf of Finland. In addition, the lack of winter ice and the windy winter mixed the water layers and brought nutrition to the surface layer of the Gulf of Finland. Significant algae blooms may also be expected in the northern section of the main basin of the Baltic Sea, the Archipelago Sea and the southern section of the Bothnian Sea.
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EVENTS

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.
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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).
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