Types and characteristics of urban green & blue spaces having an impact on human mental health and wellbeing

Andreucci, Maria Beatrice, de Vries, Sjerp, Lamme, Annamaria, Livoreil, Barbara, Davies, Zoe, Glanville, Julie, Keune, Hans, Marselle, Melissa R., O’Brien, Liz, Olszewska-Guizzo, Agnieszka, Remmen, Roy, Russo, Alessio ORCID: 0000-0002-0073-7243 and Wood, Hannah (2018) Types and characteristics of urban green & blue spaces having an impact on human mental health and wellbeing. Technical Report. EKLIPSE.

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Based on a request made by the French Ministry in charge of the Environment (MTES), an EKLIPSE Expert Working Group (EEWG) was formed to answer the following questions: “Which types of urban and suburban blue and green spaces and which characteristics (components) of such spaces have a significant impact on human mental health and well-being?” The EEWG will try to answer these questions as comprehensively as possible based on the scientific literature and the resources available. No new primary research will be conducted. The answers will be interpreted and discussed in the light of climate change. Given that the EEWG has very limited resources (for up to three meetings of the EWG only) and its experts will not be compensated for the time they put in, the original intention of the EEWG was to conduct a rapid evidence assessment (REA). Recently, the EEWG has agreed with the WHO to perform a full systematic review (SR) on this topic. WHO will provide a budget to have skilled librarians conduct a structured literature search for the EEWG to work on. Therefore, this EKLIPSE protocol, which describes the activities to be undertaken by the EEWG to answer the request (this document), is based on performing a SR. It includes discussing the implications of the results of the SR for how climate change may affect the future provision of the ecosystem service of mental health promotion. This SR will rather unique in that it focuses on the type of green (and blue) space and its other characteristics. Previous reviews have been mainly focused on research on the local amount and availability of, or access to green (and to a much lesser extent) blue space, and not on its qualities. It may also be noted that the issue of the type and characteristics of green and blue space is a much broader issue than that of the level of biodiversity of such spaces, alone. Based on the above, the EEWG assumes that, since both type and characteristics of green and blue space, as well as mental health and well-being are broad ranging concepts, that may necessitate a wide search to begin with (many different search terms), with relatively few of the initially identified articles satisfying inclusion criteria upon closer inspection. It is especially with regard to the initial stages of the full SR that additional funding by WHO is needed to be able to perform a SR. A meta-analysis will be conducted, but only if both the studies satisfying the inclusion criteria for the SR and the available resources allow the EEWG to do so.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Additional Information: This document is a published draft protocol.
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human geography. Human ecology. Anthropogeography
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture > SB469 Landscape gardening. Landscape architecture
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Depositing User: Alessio Russo
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2019 13:48
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:22
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/6597

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