WHO finds multiple benefits of urban green space interventions
17 May 2017
World Health Organisation has launched a new report aiming to fill the knowledge gap on the benefits of urban green spaces. The report provides the results of an evidence review and an assessment of local case studies on urban green space interventions.
The findings confirm that increasing or improving urban green space can deliver positive health, social and environmental outcomes for all population groups, particularly among lower socioeconomic status groups. But there is a need to more fully include health and equity outcomes in studies on green space interventions, along with improved monitoring of local green space management and related health and equity impacts.
Local experiences and urban practice suggest that multidisciplinary planning, cross-sectoral collaborations and community engagement in the planning process are essential to ensure that urban green space interventions deliver on multiple outcomes and provide a variety of functional opportunities that attract different population groups. Urban green space interventions seem to be most effective when a physical improvement to the green space is coupled with a social engagement/participation element that promotes the green spaces and reaches out to new target groups.
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