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The Health and Social Benefits of Nature and Biodiversity Protection

European society faces a range of health and social issues that merit urgent attention. There is robust scientific and practice-based evidence that nature can contribute to addressing these issues that EU citizens are facing – from access to Natura 2000 sites and other protected areas, to investments in wider green infrastructure. While nature cannot be a remedy to all challenges of society, there exist untapped opportunities to realise health and social benefits that often come with co-benefits for biodiversity and nature protection.

This report presents a summary of the evidence on the challenges, the role that nature can play in addressing these challenges, what different stakeholders are doing and can do to build on the health-social-nature synergies and elements of a road map for a way forward.

Find the Executive Summary at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/biodiversity/intro/docs/Health%20and%20Social%20Benefits%20of%20Nature%20-%20Final%20Report%20Executive%20Summary%20sent.pdf