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 and and to enhance research on ecological sustainability.

Eklipse & Alternet: Bridging the gap between policy and knowledge on biodiversity in Europe. Photo credit: Allan Watt

Eklipse & Alternet: Bridging the gap between policy and knowledge on biodiversity in Europe

Behind Eklipse is a row of three EU-funded projects coordinated by UFZ and more than 800 experts.

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Welcome address of Mark Bailey, Chair of PEER and Director of the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology



The European bioeconomy in 2050: four foresight scenarios

The Commission’s 2020 Strategic Foresight Report mentions the potential of a sustainable bioeconomy, to transform Europe’s agricultural and industrial base and create new jobs, whilst enhancing our natural resources and ecosystems.

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International cooperation to reduce pollution in Barents region continues despite of pandemic

Environment continues to be a high priority for the Barents cooperation. Foreign Ministers of the four Barents countries - Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden - emphasized it during the annual International Kirkenes Conference held on 17 February this...

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Jordan Irrigation Systems Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

Jordan’s worsening water crisis a warning for the world - Study shows: Only a comprehensive reform can help

Prolonged and potentially destabilizing water shortages will become commonplace in Jordan by 2100, new research by an international team of researchers including the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) finds, unless the nation...

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Zebrafish embryos. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

EU project PrecisionTox starts - Focus on protecting people from the harmful effects of chemicals

A major research project to shape regulation and policy on chemical safety without the use of animal testing has been launched with the aid of €19.3M funding from the European Commission. Under the lead of the University of Birmingham, 15 European...

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Keeping Europe’s seas clean: a new manual for harmonised litter monitoring

Released today, a new manual will support people entrusted with monitoring marine litter to record the data they collect in a harmonised way.

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World Water Day calls attention to valuing water – Finnish Environment Institute offers versatile water expert services worldwide

Today we celebrate the World Water Day and this year’s theme is ‘Valuing Water’. As stated by the UN High Level Panel on Water: “In order to recognise the value of water you need to understand water and manage it sustainably”.

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PEER-webinar on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and risk

The webinar, open for all PEER members, will summarise insights from PEER-TRISD project, and provide ideas for future work on the Sustainable Development Goals, resilience and adaptation in PEER organisations. The webinar is on Tuesday, May 18, at...

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Coronavirus: Commission adopts a common approach to track COVID-19 through wastewater monitoring

Today, the European Commission adopted a Recommendation on monitoring COVID-19 and its variants in wastewaters in the EU.   The aim is to make greater use of a new source of independent information on the spread of the virus and its variants, which...

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Aranda’s monitoring cruise: Record high temperatures in some areas in the Baltic Sea, increasing phosphorus concentrations in the Archipelago Sea and the Bothnian Sea

Water temperatures in the Baltic Sea are increasing and the deep-water temperatures are record-high in some areas. Phosphorus concentrations are rising in the central part of the Archipelago Sea and the Bothnian Sea. The observations were made during...

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Annegret Grimm-Seyfarth with specially trained detection dog "Zammy", a Border Collie. Photo: André Künzelmann / UFZ

Sniffing in the name of science. Detection dogs help generate important data for research and conservation.

The lists of Earth’s endangered animals and plants are getting increasingly longer. But in order to stop this trend, we require more information. It is often difficult to find out exactly where the individual species can be found and how their...

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