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Green infrastructure through the lens of “One Health”: A systematic review and integrative framework uncovering synergies and trade-offs between mental health and wildlife support in cities

  • Green infrastructure improves environmental health in cities, benefits human health, and provides habitat for wildlife. Increasing urbanization has demanded the expansion of urban areas and transformation of existing cities. The adoption of compact design in urban planning is a recommended strategy to minimize environmental impacts; however, it may undermine green infrastructure networks within cities as it sets a battleground for urban space. Under this scenario, multifunctionality of green spaces is highly desirable but reconciling human needs and biodiversity conservation in a limited space is still a challenge. Through a systematic review, we first compiled urban green space's characteristics that affect mental health and urban wildlife support, and then identified potential synergies and trade-offs between these dimensions. A framework based on the One Health approach is proposed, synthesizing the interlinkages between green space quality, mental health, and wildlife support; providing a new holistic perspective on the topic. Looking at the human-wildlife-environment relationships simultaneously may contribute to practical guidance on more effective green space design and management that benefit all dimensions.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Jéssica Francine Felappi, Jan Henning Sommer, Timo Falkenberg, Wiltrud Terlau, Theo Kötter
Parent Title (English):Science of The Total Environment
Article Number:141589
Place of publication:Amsterdam
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2020/08/10
Copyright:© 2020 The Authors. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license.
Funding Information:The Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, through the Forschungskolleg ‘One Health and Urban Transformation’ funded this study.
Keyword:Green space; Human health; Interdisciplinary research; Socio-ecological systems; Urban biodiversity; Urban health
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Internationales Zentrum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (IZNE)
Projects:NRW Forschungskolleg One Health and Urban Transformation
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 304 Das Sozialverhalten beeinflussende Faktoren
Entry in this database:2020/08/13
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC-ND - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International