Nature, biodiversity and human health: how strong is the evidence?
In recent years there has been a growing recognition of the vital links between the natural environment and human health and wellbeing ? one of the BES?s policy priorities. The UK Government?s Natural Environment White Paper explicitly acknowledges that ?human wellbeing is intimately connected with our natural environment?, whilst the RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts are leading calls for a ?Nature and Wellbeing Act?, based on the view that there is ?considerable evidence to show that contact with nature can help to prevent and reverse poor health and wellbeing?. This link is also finding greater resonance with public health professionals, as demonstrated by the Faculty of Public Health?s call to make better use of our ?natural health service?.
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