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Green Infrastructure, Ecosystem Services, and Human Health.

Coutts C, Hahn M - Int J Environ Res Public Health (2015)

Bottom Line: The natural environment encompasses and permeates all other spheres of influence on health.The sweeping influence of green infrastructure on the myriad ecosystem services essential to health has therefore often been underrepresented.This survey of the literature aims to provide a more comprehensive picture-in the form of a primer-of the many simultaneously acting health co-benefits of green infrastructure.

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Affiliation: Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Center for Demography and Population Health, Florida State University, 113 Collegiate Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306, USA. ccoutts@fsu.edu.

ABSTRACT
Contemporary ecological models of health prominently feature the natural environment as fundamental to the ecosystem services that support human life, health, and well-being. The natural environment encompasses and permeates all other spheres of influence on health. Reviews of the natural environment and health literature have tended, at times intentionally, to focus on a limited subset of ecosystem services as well as health benefits stemming from the presence, and access and exposure to, green infrastructure. The sweeping influence of green infrastructure on the myriad ecosystem services essential to health has therefore often been underrepresented. This survey of the literature aims to provide a more comprehensive picture-in the form of a primer-of the many simultaneously acting health co-benefits of green infrastructure. It is hoped that a more accurately exhaustive list of benefits will not only instigate further research into the health co-benefits of green infrastructure but also promote consilience in the many fields, including public health, that must be involved in the landscape conservation necessary to protect and improve health and well-being.

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Mentions: The conceptual framework guiding this review is rooted in the succession of Figure 1, Figure 2 and Figure 3: The natural environment is fundamental to health (Figure 1); green infrastructure is a landscape conservation strategy that produces the structure of the natural environment necessary for ecosystem functioning (Figure 2); the ecosystem services supported by GI mediate the relationship between GI and health (Figure 3).


Green Infrastructure, Ecosystem Services, and Human Health.

Coutts C, Hahn M - Int J Environ Res Public Health (2015)

Ecosystem services and health.
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ijerph-12-09768-f003: Ecosystem services and health.
Mentions: The conceptual framework guiding this review is rooted in the succession of Figure 1, Figure 2 and Figure 3: The natural environment is fundamental to health (Figure 1); green infrastructure is a landscape conservation strategy that produces the structure of the natural environment necessary for ecosystem functioning (Figure 2); the ecosystem services supported by GI mediate the relationship between GI and health (Figure 3).

Bottom Line: The natural environment encompasses and permeates all other spheres of influence on health.The sweeping influence of green infrastructure on the myriad ecosystem services essential to health has therefore often been underrepresented.This survey of the literature aims to provide a more comprehensive picture-in the form of a primer-of the many simultaneously acting health co-benefits of green infrastructure.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Center for Demography and Population Health, Florida State University, 113 Collegiate Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306, USA. ccoutts@fsu.edu.

ABSTRACT
Contemporary ecological models of health prominently feature the natural environment as fundamental to the ecosystem services that support human life, health, and well-being. The natural environment encompasses and permeates all other spheres of influence on health. Reviews of the natural environment and health literature have tended, at times intentionally, to focus on a limited subset of ecosystem services as well as health benefits stemming from the presence, and access and exposure to, green infrastructure. The sweeping influence of green infrastructure on the myriad ecosystem services essential to health has therefore often been underrepresented. This survey of the literature aims to provide a more comprehensive picture-in the form of a primer-of the many simultaneously acting health co-benefits of green infrastructure. It is hoped that a more accurately exhaustive list of benefits will not only instigate further research into the health co-benefits of green infrastructure but also promote consilience in the many fields, including public health, that must be involved in the landscape conservation necessary to protect and improve health and well-being.

No MeSH data available.


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