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1500: Economics of benefits of the environment - health

This paper is taken from Section 4a: ‘Health and society’ from the Natural England Research Report NERR033, ‘Microeconomic Evidence for the Benefits of Investment in the Environment – review’

Year of Publication2012

Areas with more greenspace are better for people’s health. People in deprived areas are most likely to lack access to high-quality greenspace. Engaging local communities and providing mediation between different users may improve the use of local forests. Nature helps mood, concentration, self-discipline, and physiological stress and reduces Attention Deficit Disorder and improves cognitive function in children. There is increased psychological benefit from greenspaces with higher levels of biodiversity. People are more likely to undertake (or maintain) activity when they have access to greenspace.

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