Designing Biodiverse Cities for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Russo, Alessio ORCID: 0000-0002-0073-7243 (2021) Designing Biodiverse Cities for Mental Health and Wellbeing. In: 54th SISV Congress: Twenty years in the third millennium with Vegetation Science, 28-29 September 2021, Rome, Italy.

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Following the Brundtland Report in the early 1990s, the relationship between biodiversity and human wellbeing became a topic of public debate and scientific research [1]. Nowadays, biodiverse cities can provide ecosystem services as well as mental health and wellbeing. Biodiverse cities have a critical role in delivering services and infrastructure, addressing inequity, and regulating environments that influence human health [2]. Several urban health issues may be handled with adequate planning and resources, resulting in mutual advantages for human and environmental health [2]. However, the health effects of biodiversity loss are becoming more well recognised. Ecosystem functioning is affected by biodiversity changes, and substantial ecosystem disturbances can result in life-sustaining ecosystem goods and services [3]. As a result, initiatives for increasing and conserving biodiversity in cities are required. This research examines case studies of urban green infrastructure, best practices, and policies in the United Kingdom and the United States that enhance human health, well-being, and biodiversity conservation. 1) Naeem, S.; Chazdon, R.; Duffy, J.E.; Prager, C.; Worm, B. Biodiversity and human well-being: an essential link for sustainable development. Proc. R. Soc. B Biol. Sci. 2016, 283, 20162091. 2) Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity Cities and Biodiversity Outlook—Executive Summary; Montreal, 2012; ISBN 9292254375. 3) WHO Biodiversity and Health Available online: (accessed on Aug 5, 2021).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA9000 Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying.
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture > SB469 Landscape gardening. Landscape architecture
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Alessio Russo
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2021 08:48
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2023 16:00

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