On the other hand, natural areas and nature-based solutions provide, create or improve wildlife habitat for fish, birds and other species, which enhances recreational opportunities for community members and tourists alike.The presence of nearby natural areas and green spaces appears to strengthen social ties among neighbors by encouraging the use of common spaces.Lediglich der Nachdruck von Pressemitteilungen ist mit Quellenangabe gestattet.Bitte beachten Sie: Bilder, Grafiken, Text- oder sonstige Dateien können ganz oder teilweise dem Urheberrecht Dritter unterliegen. Soweit nicht anders vermerkt liegen die Bildrechte auf den zentralen Seiten bei der Universität Regensburg (Referat II/2 – Kommunikation; April Santiago Photography).Nature offers a powerful set of tools for addressing hazards like flooding and erosion.
Economic benefits range from reduced flood damage costs (due to better flood protection) to lower water treatment costs to healthier fisheries, better recreational opportunities, and increased tourism and economic development.
Close proximity to natural areas provides a positive emotional experience that has been shown to speed up recovery time for hospitalized patients, motivate healthy behaviors like exercise, and improve or sustain mental health.
The percentage of green space within a two-mile radius of a person’s home has been associated with the percentage of residents reporting good health, particularly among homemakers, the elderly, and those with lower socioeconomic status—groups that are typically less likely to get sufficient physical activity.
In Chicago, a study found residents reported fewer incidents of illegal activity in places containing urban nature.
In a study in Philadelphia, vacant lots—which are often associated with illegal activity—were cleaned of trash and illegal dumping, planted with grass and trees, and had a small wooden fence built around the perimeter.