Reports & Summaries

On this page you can find some of the reports and summaries of the evidence of the relationships between nature and health and wellbeing that we have produced for bodies such as WHO, Defra, Natural England and Cornwall Council. You can read more about our research outputs and papers elsewhere on the blog.

Defra health review

The report from the Defra Fellowship on the health values of natural environments was published in 2018. The study focused on the interconnections between the natural environment and health, and the ways in which these are, or could be harnessed in policy and practice.

World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe: Urban green spaces and health

Along with a wide range of experts, we’ve been working with WHO Europe to contribute to their work on urban green space and health. This work has strong links to the Parma Declaration on Environment and Health from 2010, and more recently to the Sustainable Development Goals especially Goal 11.7. Outputs can be downloaded from the WHO website and include:

Natural England: Evidence Briefings

A series of briefings prepared for Natural England, published July 2016 (also available from Natural England) and blogged here.

Biodiversity, Health and Wellbeing in Cornwall’s Public Open Space

University of Exeter and Cornwall Council Collaborative Project published April 2017 and blogged here.

Defra evidence statement on the links between natural environments and human health

University of Exeter and Defra collaborative project, published March 2017 and blogged about here.

Demystfying health paper for the Valuing Nature Programme

The Valuing Nature Programme Demystifying Health paper introduces the concept of health, reviewing some common understandings of the idea and its usages, introducing key theories and schools of thought. The paper focuses on health in the UK, how it is protected, promoted and improved, and how we assess and measure health.

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