PEER members are dedicated exclusively to environmental research focusing on the interaction between man and the environment and sustainable development.



PEER combines forces to follow a joint strategy in environmental sciences, to enhance ecological research and to strengthen the knowledge base for the sustainable development.             


Strategic Areas

PEER has defined three Strategic Areas for research in our network: Biodiversity, Climate Action and Adaptation as well as Urban Environmental Sustainability.

11.01.2024 | 01:30 PM

Alternet and PEER webinar: Science-policy interface in practice

INRAE is organizing a PEER-Alternet Science-policy interface webinar on January 11, from 1:30pm to 3pm CET. The webinar will focus on the example of a collective scientific expertise at the request of public authorities on the impacts of plant...

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Forest degradation constitutes a major driver of carbon emissions and loss of biodiversity. © EU 2024
10.07.2024 | 01:39 PM

Tropical moist forest degradation impacts are much worse than previously thought 

Most comprehensive analysis to date shows that forest degradation can span up to 1.5 km inside forest interiors, decreasing canopy heights by 40-90% and substantially impacting the canopy structure over 20 to 30 years

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Poultry in farm
14.06.2024 | 01:06 PM

Bird flu control for pandemic prevention must start before poultry reach wet markets, new research finds

PRESS RELEASE - Research published today reveals the speed at which avian influenza (‘bird flu’) can spread in Asia’s live bird markets and the urgent need to pivot pandemic prevention strategies.

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14.06.2024 | 01:00 PM

Combining agroecology and water resilience for sustainable food systems in Africa

How can one support the commitment of regions to an agroecological development path reconciling water resilience, food security and nutritional quality? Coordinated by CIRAD and INRAE, the MAHDIA project aims to address agricultural, food,...

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Wastewater treatment plant of the "Vallée du Hain", in Braine-le-Château, Belgium. © EU 2020
07.06.2024 | 11:07 AM

Parched lands need irrigation – wastewater could be the solution

Reusing treated wastewater in agriculture can improve food security and help combat water scarcity.

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© EU, 2023
30.05.2024 | 01:43 PM

EU Blue Economy: innovation and new opportunities make way for the green transition

The 2024 Blue Economy report provides a comprehensive analysis, trends and drivers of the performance of sectors which rely on EU’s coastal and marine resources.

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Extensive overbanking due to a restored water regime of the Burgauenbach brook in the Leipzig alluvial forest. Extensive overbanking due to a restored water regime of the Burgauenbach brook in the Leipzig alluvial forest Photo: Mathias Scholz
27.05.2024 | 05:11 PM

Natural climate protection: new water in historical rivercourses

A project in the Leipzig area shows how floodplain landscapes can be effectively restored in an urban environment.

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The concept of Gross Ecosystem Product brings ecosystem services into the picture. © MediaMarketing - 2024
27.05.2024 | 01:38 PM

Beyond Gross Domestic Product: including nature in economic policy assessment

Nature-inclusive policy-making requires an indicator measuring the contribution from ecosystems to the benefits used by people and society. Such an indicator should complement the typical economic measure of GDP in policy scenarios and assessments.

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Aranda in Liepaja in 2023. Photo: Mika Raateoja/Syke
22.05.2024 | 11:22 AM

Baltic Sea protection is strengthened by urban cooperation of coastal cities

The protection of the Baltic Sea marine environment was enhanced through the BALTICITIES project. The project strengthened environmental networks within and between coastal cities in Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. In addition to municipal...

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© Tapani Toivanen, Joona Toivanen and the Finnish Environment Institute
10.05.2024 | 10:36 AM

Music video brings digital nature data to life

Nature Talks To Us piece by Tapani and Joona Toivanen combines music, video art, and modern digital methods of collected nature information. In the era of the eco-crisis, art and art-based research methods are also used at the Finnish Environment...

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25.04.2024 | 11:58 AM

How do extensive farmers experience their bumps and highs?

Grasslands are increasingly intensively managed as more food is produced on less land. Farmers doing extensive farming - larger plots with fewer crops or animals - are slowly disappearing. How do extensive farmers experience it themselves and why do...

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