Climate action and adaptation

Climate change is nowadays well recognized as major challenge to humankind. PEER contributes to thorough understanding of climate change impacts through cross-disciplinary research and jointly develops the expertise to inform technological, economic and political decisions that are required to implement much needed climate actions. PEER mostly focusses on adaptation and develops robust, quantitative forecasts of the future that can be generated for numerous socio-economic sectors like agriculture, water, forests, and cities.Contact:

Ursula Schmitz :

Urban environmental sustainability

While cities occupy only 2% of the planet’s landmass, they consume over 65% of the world’s energy and account for more than 70% of global man-made CO2 emissions. Currently 75% of European citizens live in cities and this percentage is expected to raise to 80% by 2050. Cities need systemic transformation towards climate neutrality leveraging, in particular, technological, non-technological, nature–based, social and new AI-based solutions.


Marko Tainio -

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The EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030

The fight against biodiversity loss must be underpinned by sound science. Investing in research, innovation and knowledge exchange will be key to ensure science progress and science contribution to policy and transformative change in biodiversity governance. Research and innovation can assess present means of protection and restoration, innovate better means of monitoring and bring forth how biodiversity can enhance human wellbeing through planetary health approach and nature-based solutions, and analyse the links of global trade and biodiversity with novel governance means as an objective. PEER has and is developing its capacity to be a key actor for the EC, for national authorities and in the global scale. Horizon Europe, Biodiversity Partnership, Knowledge Center for Biodiversity and Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and other European networks tangent with the work carried out in PEER.


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