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Ecosystem Services and Human Health – an Argumenta Project

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Basic project information

The project “Ecosystem services and human health” is jointly carried out by the Finnish Forest Research Institute and the Finnish Environment Institute during the years 2013–2014. The aim of this project is to produce a wide-ranging summary of the links between ecosystem services and human health; and to develop a collaborative national platform for different scientific fields studying ecosystem services with the focus on human health and well-being.

The project is financed by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Argumenta funding is intended to stimulate dialogue between researchers in different fields of science on significant current subjects of research.

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Wild raspberries, an ecosystem service provided by nature. © Raili Malinen.

Project is ended year 2015.

 

The purpose of this project is:

  1. to map the variety of links between ecosystem services and human health; the occurrence of health benefits provided by ecosystem services as well as their meaning, values and effects in different contexts.
  1. to find new approaches to develop multidisciplinary research on ecosystem services and human health and well-being; as well as how to implement these results to urban planning and decision making in natural resource management.

The research and the knowledge of ecosystem services linked to human health and well-being are of high quality in Finland. As the research field is scattered, the idea of the project is to produce multidisciplinary knowledge that enhances the health and wellbeing of people, and improves the state of the environment. The collaboration of researchers and decision-makers during the project will promote the creation of new innovative research projects and new implications for regional planning and policymaking.

The project integrates viewpoints from ecosystem research, economics, ecology, political sciences, medical sciences, health sciences, social sciences and psychological sciences among others. Both experts and policymakers participate in the project.    

For reaching the set goals, the Finnish Forest Research Institute and the Finnish Environment Institute will organize the following workshops and seminars:

  1. Two multidisciplinary workshops for researchers: “Ecosystem services, human health and well-being”
  2. Two workshops for planners, policymakers and researchers
  3. A seminar for the media

The topics of the project are:

  1. Ecosystem services that affect human psychological health and wellbeing
  2. Ecosystem services that affect human physiological health and wellbeing
  3. Comprehensive studies about the links between ecosystem services and human health
  4. Understanding ecosystem services affecting health and multi-criteria analysis of them
  5. How to better acknowledge and take into account the health benefits of ecosystem services in regional planning and in the management of natural resources

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Recreation, an ecosystem service provided by nature. © Päivi Tahvanainen,

Published 2013-10-07 at 10:22, updated 2017-06-12 at 10:09

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