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Increasing evidence of beneficial effects of nature on health

Author(s) Tyrväinen, L., P, Ojala, A. & Tsunetsugu, Y.
Year of publication 2014
Stress is a growing problem in urbanized societies and modern living environments. At the same time, the potential for green areas to provide relief from stress and to improve living environments and quality of life has been more widely recognized. However, this knowledge is not yet properly integrated into land use policy and urban planning or in health care services. A joint Finnish-Japanese research project 'Stress-reducing quality of urban green areas' funded by the Academy of Finland and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science has produced knowledge about the qualities of green areas that generate stress-reducing outcomes in urban dwelling. This research has expanded further within “Green infrastructures for health in the future living environments” (GreenHealth) also funded by the Academy of Finland. The implementation of joint research results has been discussed together with practitioners and other stakeholders in national seminars.
Type of Case
Printed publication (book, sourcebook, journal article…)
Boreal, Temperate
Forest Type
All forest types (natural and planted)
Primary Designated Function
Multiple use