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Record number 552128
Title Biodiversity in the Context of ‘Biodiversity – Mental Health’ Research
Author(s) Vries, Sjerp De; Snep, Robbert
Source In: Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change / Marselle, Melissa R., Stadler, Jutta, Korn, Horst, Irvine, Katherine N., Bonn, Aletta, Springer International Publishing - ISBN 9783030023171 - p. 159 - 173.
Department(s) WASS
Regional Development and Spatial Use
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2019
Abstract In this chapter the concept of biodiversity and its measurement and use in ‘biodiversity – mental health’ research is discussed, as well as access to and contact with biodiverse nature. It is pointed out that biodiversity is an ecological concept that originated in the context of nature conservation. It has evolved without consideration of its potential role in mental health promotion. In studying the latter, the concept of biodiversity is frequently adapted. Such adaptations are likely to occur at the expense of its relevance for nature conservation. Using the concept of biodiversity as originally intended may be fruitful for a different type of research question, focusing more on multi-functionality issues: can the same nature constitute a healthy, biodiverse ecosystem and enhance mental health simultaneously? By pointing out this and related issues, this chapter aims to support researchers and students in future research, and help both scientists and policy-makers to position and assess studies in this field.
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