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Promoting ecosystem and human health in urban areas using green infrastructure: A literature review

Tzoulas, K, Korpela, K, Venn, S, Yli-Pelkonen, V, Kazmierczak, A, Niemela, J and James, P 2007, 'Promoting ecosystem and human health in urban areas using green infrastructure: A literature review' , Landscape and Urban Planning, 81 (3) , pp. 167-178.

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Abstract

Europe is a highly urbanised continent. The consequent loss and degradation of urban and peri-urban green space could adversely affect ecosystems as well as human health and well-being. The aim of this paper is to formulate a conceptual framework of associations between urban green space and ecosystem and human health. Through an interdisciplinary literature review the concepts of Green Infrastructure, ecosystem health, and human health and well-being are discussed. The possible contributions of urban and peri-urban green space systems, or Green Infrastructure, on both ecosystem and human health are critically reviewed. Finally, based on a synthesis of the literature a conceptual framework is presented. The proposed conceptual framework highlights many dynamic factors, and their complex interactions, affecting ecosystem health and human health in urban areas. This framework forms the context into which extant and new research can be placed. In this way it forms the basis for a new interdisciplinary research agenda.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: public health human well-being green infrastructure urban ecosystem ecosystem health
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Q Science > Q Science (General)
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QH Natural history > QH001 General, inc. conservation, geographical distribution
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QH Natural history
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Landscape and Urban Planning
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0169-2046
Depositing User: Professor Philip James
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2010 09:59
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:19
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/9497

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