Beyond The Park

Linking urban greenspaces, human well-being and environmental health

Authored by: Linda Corkery

The Routledge Handbook Of Planning For Health And Well-Being

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138023307
eBook ISBN: 9781315728261
Adobe ISBN: 9781317542407

10.4324/9781315728261.ch17

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Abstract

The environments in which we live, through which we travel, where we work and play all have significant, direct impacts on our health. In the context of a metropolitan region, the ecosystems which comprise the human habitat provide numerous life-supporting services including air quality regulation, clean water supply, healthy soil for food production, materials to construct our environments, and protection against natural disasters and possibly climate change. Therefore, the decisions we make in planning and designing our habitats ultimately impact not only the health of these environments, but also the health and well-being of humans and the species with which we co-exist (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 2005; Dudley 2011).

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