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SYKE - Finnish Environment Institute (Finland)DCE - Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University (Denmark)EC JRC IES - European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability (Italy)IRSTEA - National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (France)CEH - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (United Kingdom)Alterra Wageningen UR (The Netherlands)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

Low levels of environmental toxins in Lapland, climate change and new chemicals the main risks
25 August 2016, Natural Hazards and Environmental Risks, SYKE
The Finnish Lapland is renowned for its purity, even if environmental toxins are present at low concentrations in the air, water and living organisms. The main concern in the Arctic region is the long-range transport of substances and increased chemical loading which may take place due to other causes. This is why the monitoring and mapping of hazardous substances must continue in Finland, as stated in the recent report of the Finnish Environment Institute, the National Institute for Health and Welfare and the Finnish Meteorological Institute. New chemicals and the impacts of climate change increase the risk of long-range transport.
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Photo:Young oil palm plantation on Sumatra, Indonesia.  Kerstin Wiegand, University of Göttingen

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Oil palm plantation on Sumatra, Indonesia.  Photo: Claudia Dislich, UFZ
Reduced ecosystem functions in oil palm plantations
15 August 2016, Biodiversity and Land Use, UFZ
Large areas of tropical lowland forests have been replaced by oil palm plantations, with major impact on environment and people. An interdisciplinary team of scientists from the University of Göttingen, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig and Bogor Agricultural University in Indonesia has now performed a complete and multidisciplinary assessment of all ecosystem functions in oil palm plantations as compared to lowland forests.
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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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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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