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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

Forest carbon sinks must be included in bioeconomy sustainability assessments
21 July 2016, Climate Change, SYKE
Forest carbon sinks reduce the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide content. The utilisation of wood and forests inevitably affects carbon sinks, which is an issue that must be considered when seeking cost-effective means for mitigating climate change. Increasing carbon sinks is important for achieving the goals of the Paris climate agreement.
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The endangered rhino-horn lizard (Ceratophora stoddartii) that can be found only on Sri Lanka, is not listed on the Appendices of CITES. These lizards have been offered for sale one pair for about 1,200 euros. Photo: Ruchira Somaweera
Gecko clearance sale - The European pet trade is jeopardising the survival of rare reptile species
12 July 2016, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ
A gecko for your terrarium? Or a tortoise? Or would you rather have a snake? Reptiles are exceedingly popular as pets, trade is booming. Between 2004 and 2014, official imports to the EU came to just under 21 million live specimens, more than six million of these ended up on the German market. These also include a large number of representatives of threatened species that can be sold at extremely high profits. Some collectors are quite willing to pay prices of several thousand euros for such rarities. An international team of experts led by Mark Auliya of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig has now documented the implications of such transactions. The great demand from the European market is already endangering the survival of a great number of species all over the world is the warning issued by these researchers in the scientific journal Biological Conservation.
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Joint procurement of solar power plants to cover 34 municipalities – Tampere Hall to receive its own solar panels
04 July 2016, Environmental Technologies, SYKE
34 municipalities intend to take part in the joint procurement of solar power plants organised by the Finnish Environment Institute and KL-Kuntahankinnat Oy. Of the largest cities, Helsinki, Tampere, Oulu and Seinäjoki, among others, have committed to the project. Currently, the order encompasses 81 solar power plants with a total power capacity of 1,2 MWp, and the quantity is expected to increase.
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EVENTS

PEER scientific seminar on data integration, exploration and analytics
Big Data Integration, Exploration and Analytics in Environmental Sciences - Open PEER scientific seminar
27 July 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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PEER scientific seminar
28 April 2016, PEER
This seminar which is being held in Berlin shall be dedicated to discussions on potential future PEER activities.
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