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.


PEER Webinar: Emerging technologies for monitoring insects

Did you miss our first webinar of 2023 on monitoring insects through emerging technologies? No worries, you can watch it here.

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Creating resilient grasslands of the future

New research will support the potential for grasslands that are more resilient to climate extremes, hold carbon, provide pollen and support biodiversity while requiring less intensive agricultural methods.

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Why seagrass needs space

Seagrass: green leaves swaying in the currents. Fish weave their way through, and sea turtles graze. They’re always on their guard, watching out for any encroaching sharks. The seagrass’ roots are hidden in the seabed, where they anchor the sand,...

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A staggering 61% of EU soils are in an unhealthy state, according to the EUSO soil health dashboard based on the evidence currently available. © Юрий Дровнин,

A new tool maps the state of soil health across Europe

A novel soil health dashboard within the EU Soil Observatory highlights the location and estimates the extent of unhealthy soils in the EU, as well as the degradation processes behind them.

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AI and remote sensing: a potent combination for the conservation of tropical forests

The One Forest Summit took place in Libreville, Gabon on March 1st and 2nd. INRAE coordinated a scientific workshop, which resulted in the One Forest Vision’s high-level launch during the Summit. The initiative will provide information on key...

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JRC work on COVID-19 helps monitor the disease around the globe

SARS-CoV-2 is a constantly changing virus. This undermines the detection of the virus and the fight against the pandemic. We take stock of how JRC work has been contributing to global efforts to trace the virus, both in clinical swabs and wastewater....

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The three phases of exceptional dynamics: (1) Predation on the unprotected bacteria by predators, (2) toxin formation as cooperative defence and recovery of the bacterial population, (3) filament formation as individual defence through evolution and stabilisation of densities. Photo: David Kneis/TU Dresden

In the end, it´s the individual advantage that counts

Bacteria rely on cooperation and evolution in order to defend themselves against predatory protists

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Bioeconomy: EU is moving towards its goals, but environmental challenges persist

A new assessment of the EU bioeconomy shows that while resource efficiency is improving, there’s a growing pressure on ecosystems from forestry and agriculture.

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Using less chemical pesticides: European Commission publishes toolbox of good practices

Controlling pests that damage crops and plants is necessary both to safeguard food security and to ensure viable income to farmers for their production. This needs to be done while minimising the risks to people and the environment. Such an approach,...

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Zero Pollution: New report draws lessons from the Oder River ecological disaster

An EU report published today analyses the massive fish kill in the Oder River in July and August 2022, one of the largest ecological disasters in Europe in recent memory. The analysis by the Commission (Joint Research Centre) and European Environment...

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Workshop summary: Who is doing What and Where on Biodiversity & Trade?

Did you miss out on the PEER Webinar about standards and guidelines for the assessment and accounting of biodiversity impacts of trade and of global value chains? Don't worry, the key findings are here.

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