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


Robust scientific methods to assess the sustainability of products help increase consumer trust in green claims. © EU 2023

EU science and policy to help citizens who want to buy green products

The Commission proposed new rules today to fight greenwashing by obliging companies to prove their environmental claims. Scientists of the Commission had developed methods with which companies can show the greenness of their products.

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Look on the Berlin's Müggelsee which is one of the best-known shallow lakes in Germany Berlin's Müggelsee is one of the best-known shallow lakes in Germany Photo: michaelstephan-AdobeStock_82064301

Limnology paradigm questioned

A study by the UFZ and Aarhus University gives a reality check to accepted theory on the ecology of shallow lakes

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Melting glaciers are going to affect food security

The glaciers of the Himalayas and Alps are melting, and this has consequences for the agriculture of the future. One third of all rice is grown around the Himalayas, and countries depend on meltwater to grow this water-consuming crop. Europe is also...

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Can we manage sustainable agricultural water use at a global level?

Farmers use a lot of water to produce crops. In arid areas, this is causing a drop in groundwater levels, which has an impact on the natural environment. Hydrologist Inge de Graaf is working out how farmers could use groundwater more sustainably.

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Multi-species grassland Multi-species grassland has been shown to provide nutritional food to livestock and support biodiversity and carbon storage in the soil.

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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