Published Friday, 24 March 2017
Access to Nature Reduces Health Inequalities: An IEEP Briefing
Countries across Europe face many health and social challenges such as obesity, mental health issues, social exclusion, air and noise pollution. These challenges disproportionally affect socio-economically disadvantaged and vulnerable groups and add pressure on already stretched health budgets.
A growing body of evidence is emerging on the links between health inequalities and access to nature in urban, suburban and rural settings. Health inequalities affect all stages of life: pre-birth, childhood, adult life and old age. The evidence shows that access to nature is vital for good mental and physical health at all ages.
The briefing note presents key insights, practical examples of how nature access contributes to better health and equity and identifies possible solutions for stakeholders. It builds on earlier work by IEEP on the health and social benefits of nature.
The full briefing can be read here.