PEER for Policymakers

PEER is a partnership of eight of the largest European environmental centres founded in 2001 with the aim of combining forces to follow a joint strategy in environmental sciences and to enhance research on ecological sustainability. PEER is to lead a European Research Area that strengthens the knowledge base for the sustainable development of a changing world.

The PEER network consists of a directors board including eight board members, a chair and a secretariat:
Governance of PEER

Policy briefs

PEER publishes policy briefs, positions papers and statements. They can be downloaded from the following page:
Positions Papers and Statements

The latest Policy Brief was published in 2019:
"Sustainable development needs comprehensive risk awareness"
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Sustainable Development Goals within PEER

PEER research matches 15 of the 17 SDGs. More about the PEER research can be found here:

PEER Research Networks


By participating in ALTER-Net activities, PEER’s members contribute to enhance knowledge evidence in the area of biodiversity and ecosystem services and build bridges between science, policy and society. In this regard, they can rely in particular on the EKLIPSE-mechanism, setting up a unique and permanent European Science-Policy-Society interface supported by ALTER-Net.


Within EurAqua, PEER’s members pay a particular attention to relations with the European Commission: contribution to EC consultations, position papers and participation to workshops to influence European water research programmes and policies notable the Water Framework Directive, identification of priority research themes (EurAqua Strategic Agenda)...