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The Value of Urban Nature in Terms of Providing Ecosystem Services Related to Health and Well-Being: An Empirical Comparative Pilot Study of Cities in Germany and the Czech Republic

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Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, 01217 Dresden, Germany
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Institute for Economic and Environmental Policy, Faculty of Social and Economic Studies, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, 400 96 Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
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Department of Geology, Faculty of Science, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, 400 96 Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic
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Department of Social and Cultural Ecology, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, 116 36 Prague 1, Czech Republic
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Department of Environment and Municipal Utilities, State Capital of Dresden, 01001 Dresden, Germany
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Academic Editors: Ilaria Rodella and Massimiliano Mazzanti
Land 2021, 10(4), 341; https://doi.org/10.3390/land10040341
Received: 15 February 2021 / Revised: 22 March 2021 / Accepted: 24 March 2021 / Published: 27 March 2021
The quality of life in our cities critically depends on the intelligent planning and shaping of urban living space, in particular urban nature. By providing a wide range of ecosystem services (ES), urban nature essentially contributes to the well-being of city dwellers and plays a major role in avoiding common diseases through its positive impact on physical and mental health. Health is one of the most important factors underlying human welfare and is, thus, vital to sustainable development. The ES of urban green space provide other social-cultural functions alongside public health, for example by fostering environmental justice and citizenship participation. Thus, they should always be considered when searching for solutions to urban problems. The aim of this research was to determine the impact of green areas in three selected cities on the health and well-being of people by self-reporting of green areas’ visitors. To this end, we posed the research question: which types and characteristics of urban green space are most appreciated by city dwellers? Based on our findings, we have drawn up recommendations for practices to promote better living conditions. We have also pinpointed obstacles to and opportunities for leisure time activities as well as ways of supporting the public health of citizens. View Full-Text
Keywords: environment assessment; recreation; urban green spaces; green infrastructure; urbanization; social interaction; interviews environment assessment; recreation; urban green spaces; green infrastructure; urbanization; social interaction; interviews
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Syrbe, R.-U.; Neumann, I.; Grunewald, K.; Brzoska, P.; Louda, J.; Kochan, B.; Macháč, J.; Dubová, L.; Meyer, P.; Brabec, J.; Bastian, O. The Value of Urban Nature in Terms of Providing Ecosystem Services Related to Health and Well-Being: An Empirical Comparative Pilot Study of Cities in Germany and the Czech Republic. Land 2021, 10, 341. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10040341

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Syrbe R-U, Neumann I, Grunewald K, Brzoska P, Louda J, Kochan B, Macháč J, Dubová L, Meyer P, Brabec J, Bastian O. The Value of Urban Nature in Terms of Providing Ecosystem Services Related to Health and Well-Being: An Empirical Comparative Pilot Study of Cities in Germany and the Czech Republic. Land. 2021; 10(4):341. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10040341

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Syrbe, Ralf-Uwe, Ina Neumann, Karsten Grunewald, Patrycia Brzoska, Jiři Louda, Birgit Kochan, Jan Macháč, Lenka Dubová, Petr Meyer, Jan Brabec, and Olaf Bastian. 2021. "The Value of Urban Nature in Terms of Providing Ecosystem Services Related to Health and Well-Being: An Empirical Comparative Pilot Study of Cities in Germany and the Czech Republic" Land 10, no. 4: 341. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10040341

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