The public health benefits of green infrastructure: the potential of economic framing for enhanced decision-making
Kathryn J Bowen, Yvonne Lynch
CURRENT OPINION IN ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2017
Cities are growing rapidly resulting in changing land cover and reduced levels of green infrastructure globally. Climate change adaptation is now becoming a critical agenda item for cities. The potential for ecosystem-based climate adaptation using a green infrastructure approach is appealing for many cities but the business case for implementation has to be made more effectively. There is a substantial body of evidence that shows green infrastructure is significantly beneficial for human health and wellbeing and that it has many applications for climate adaptation. Despite this evidence, the linkage between green infrastructure benefits and improved health outcomes remains to be adequately ..View full abstract
This work was supported by the Victorian Adaptation and Sustainability Partnership, Government of Victoria, Australia. The authors acknowledge the research assistance provided by Marissa Parry (University of New South Wales) which enabled the completion of the work.