|Tyrvainen, L., Neuvonen, M., Silvennoinen, H.
|Contribution of nature areas to residents’ health in urban and suburban areas in Helsinki, Finland
|Monitoring and Management of Visitor Flows in Recreational and Protected Areas – ABSTRACT BOOK
|MMV 8 - Proceedings
|Urban and suburban greenspaces are increasingly acknowledged to provide an essential resource for residents’ mental and physical well-being and can be influential during both leisure time and commuting. In many cities, however, land-use pressures leading to intensifying land use and compact city structure fail in taking into account the potential of nature areas to enhancing health and well-being of residents. Although Finnish cities are still fairly green compared to the European average, heavy pressures are placed on the green spaces of the largest growth centers, in particular in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Key information serving urban planning in this context include what kind of green infrastructure within and around cities supports health and wellbeing of different types of residents and how the use of these areas can be promoted among various user groups.
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