human health

Posted by Tamzin Wood on 26/10/2016

The damaging effect humans have had on natural resources has been more pronounced in the last half-a-century with 60% of the world's biodiversity being decimated. Severe climate change has been one of the fall-outs of this destruction of nature by man and one that we need to reverse. The UK hasn't been spared the effects of such changes as revealed by the State of Nature report recently published. Since the 1970s the UK has witnessed one of the highest losses of biodiversity on the planet.

A recent report was commissioned by Defra. Entitled “The Biodiversity Segmentation Scoping Study”. The idea behind the study was to ensure that any engagement with people is focused and relevant, and to encourage more people to engage in biodiversity by 2020. They compiled a report with a mix of data and feedback from targeted groups to learn how to ensure people want to learn about biodiversity and take an active role in projects/community areas.

 

Levels of engagement were defined as follows-

 

The RSPB, the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environment Management and the Royal Town Planning Institute have published a report highlighting the importance of spatial planning and offering recommendations in order to ensure that development is sustainable and enhances the natural environment.

The report resulted in 12 principles created to highlight effective planning and to minimise damage to the environment-

 

Posted by Sara King BSc (Hons) AIEEM on 23/01/2013

We all know the benefits of enjoying the countryside and fresh air. A stroll through the countryside, along the banks of a canal or to the local park can improve our mood, reduce stress and help keep off those unwanted pounds. However, now an American tool has been developed to illustrate the link between human health and natural habitats.