Biodiversity in the Context of ‘Biodiversity – Mental Health’ Research

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Abstract

In this chapter the concept of biodiversity and its measurement and use in ‘biodiversity – mental health’ research is discussed, as well as access to and contact with biodiverse nature. It is pointed out that biodiversity is an ecological concept that originated in the context of nature conservation. It has evolved without consideration of its potential role in mental health promotion. In studying the latter, the concept of biodiversity is frequently adapted. Such adaptations are likely to occur at the expense of its relevance for nature conservation. Using the concept of biodiversity as originally intended may be fruitful for a different type of research question, focusing more on multi-functionality issues: can the same nature constitute a healthy, biodiverse ecosystem and enhance mental health simultaneously? By pointing out this and related issues, this chapter aims to support researchers and students in future research, and help both scientists and policy-makers to position and assess studies in this field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change
EditorsMelissa R. Marselle, Jutta Stadler, Horst Korn, Katherine N. Irvine, Aletta Bonn
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Chapter8
Pages159-173
ISBN (Electronic)9783030023188
ISBN (Print)9783030023171
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2019

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