Evidence on health benefits of urban green spaces

Catharine Ward Thompson, Eva Maria Silveirinha de Oliveira

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This report summarizes the available evidence of beneficial effects of urban green spaces, such as improved mental health, reduced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, obesity and risk of type 2 diabetes, and improved pregnancy outcomes. Mechanisms leading to these health benefits include psychological relaxation and stress alleviation, increased physical activity, reduced exposure to air pollutants, noise and excess heat.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Green Spaces and Health
Subtitle of host publicationA Review of Evidence
EditorsAndrey Egorov, Pierpaolo Mudu, Matthias Braubach, Marco Martuzzi
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherWorld Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Green space
  • urban environment
  • health
  • cities


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  • Effects of Urban Green Space on Environmental Health, Equity and Resilience

    Braubach, M., Egorov, A., Mudu, P., Wolf, T., Ward Thompson, C. & Martuzzi, M., 2 Sept 2017, Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas: Linkages between Science, Policy and Practice. Kabisch, N., Korn, H., Stadler, J. & Bonn, A. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: SpringerOpen, p. 187-205 (Theory and Practice of Urban Sustainability Transitions).

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