Landschap en gezondheid: Is de wetenschap klaar voor beleid over omgevingskwaliteit?

Translated title of the contribution: How does the natural character of landscape matter for human health?

Paul Opdam*

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Abstract

Building on evidence about the positive impact of urban green on human health, I explored whether the more natural character of landscapes outside the urban fringe added a health effect on top of the positive impact of 'green'. A literature search in the international literature delivered evidence of a positive impact of naturalness on all aspects of the concept of positive health, including physical health, cognitive health, inspiration and self-realisation. Also, experiencing nature was found to foster an orientation on long term goals, social attitude and willingness to cooperate. However, the state of knowledge does not offer a quantitative basis for design guidelines in landscape governance.

Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)145-153
JournalLandschap
Volume35
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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