Biodiversity and Health in the Urban Environment

Biodiversity and Health in the Urban Environment

Author(s): Melissa R. Marselle , Sarah J. Lindley , Penny A. Cook , Aletta Bonn

Publication Date: 2021


A key research gap is to understand—and evidence—the specific causal pathways through which biodiversity affects human health. A mechanistic understanding of pathways linking biodiversity to human health can facilitate the application of nature-based solutions in public health and influence policy. Research integration as well as cross-sector urban policy and planning development should harness opportunities to better identify linkages between biodiversity, climate and human health. Given its importance for human health, urban biodiversity conservation should be considered as public health investment.

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