• 2019
  • Fact sheet
  • Swiss Biodiversity Forum

Biodiversity, a guarantee of health?

Biodiversity, a guarantee of health?
Biodiversity, a guarantee of health?
Biodiversity, a guarantee of health?

Biodiversity makes an important contribution to a healthy life. This is confirmed by an analysis of scientific studies published by the Academy of Natural Sciences (SCNAT) as a fact sheet. Conclusion: the considerable preventive and therapeutic potential of biodiversity is still largely untapped.

A natural or nearly natural environment has a positive effect on human health in many ways. This means that a natural environment can also help meet public health challenges. These include obesity, certain chronic, infectious and non-communicable diseases, depression and anxiety, and also child development and cognitive aging. In order to give everyone contact with and access to high-quality nature, it is advisable to strengthen the development and conservation of green spaces and natural landscapes with rich biological diversity. This requires close cooperation at local and national level between public health, urban development, spatial planning and nature conservation. At the same time, inter- and transdisciplinary research is needed to increase knowledge about the links between health and biodiversity.

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  • 29.10.2019
  • Swiss Biodiversity Forum
  • Press release

Biodiversität ist für die Gesundheit wichtiger als bisher gedacht

Der Kontakt zur Natur hält gesund. Dies belegt eine Analyse von wissenschaftlichen Studien, welche die Akademie der Naturwissenschaften (SCNAT) als Faktenblatt publiziert. Demnach ist der Schutz der Biodiversität von grosser Bedeutung, um Herausforderungen bei der öffentlichen Gesundheit zu meistern. Dazu gehören etwa Fettleibigkeit, gewisse Infektionskrankheiten, chronische und nichtübertragbare Krankheiten, Kindesentwicklung, geistiges Altern, Depressionen und Angstzustände. Jede Person in der Schweiz sollte daher Zugang zu hochwertiger Natur haben, schreiben die Forschenden.


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