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3.3 Nature & health

In collaboration with DG SANTE

4 June 2015 - 09:30-11:00  

Nature and ecosystem services can play a vital role in safeguarding our health and wellbeing. This session will show how productive and resilient ecosystems can improve our physical and mental health, help tackle social exclusion, and provide a rallying point for communities. The session will explore the role of protected areas, such as Natura 2000, in improving health and wellbeing, providing recreational services and opportunities for social and community engagement. In Europe, where around 70 % of the population lives in urban areas, improving recreational access to green spaces and encouraging citizens to make choices relating to their environment can also pay substantial dividends. 

Patrick Ten Brink, Head of Brussels Office & Environmental Economics Programme, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

Ignace Schops, President, EUROPARC

Braulio Dias, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Dr Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Team Leader Climate Change and Health, Public Health and Environment, World Health Organisation


Ladislav Miko, Acting Director-General, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, European Commission

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