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The University of Southampton
Geography and Environmental Science

Green/blue space for health: nature based solutions with multiple co-benefits? Seminar

12:00 - 13:00
2 February 2023
B44/1087 & Microsoft Teams

Event details

Geography & Environmental Science Seminar

Abstract: The evidence and our understanding of green/blue space for health have increased hugely in the last 10 or so years, revealing clear opportunities for public health and also addressing multiple 21st century challenges including climate change and biodiversity loss. However, there remain many significant gaps, with limits to our knowledge impacting how effective policy actions can be in gaining environmental and health benefits, and creating potential for unintended consequences. In this talk I will discuss the evidence on green/blue space, health and wellbeing and how a nature based solutions approach can be valuable in connecting these multiple agendas. I will also discuss how the evidence is informing policy, and how actions have the potential to both mitigate and exacerbate health inequalities.

Speaker Information

Ben Wheeler is Associate Professor in Environment, Health and Inequalities, and is co-director of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health at the University of Exeter. He applies geographical and epidemiological methods to research the impacts, positive and negative, that the environment can have on human health. Profile:

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