The project is taking an international, interdisciplinary and multi-sector approach to health promotion and disease prevention, investigating the relationships between ‘blue infrastructure’ and health and wellbeing.
‘Blue infrastructure’ refers to the network of natural and man-made aquatic environments that provide a range of services, such as transportation and fresh water provision.
To date, there has been no systematic attempt to detail the potential impacts of blue infrastructure on health promotion and disease prevention, nor to develop guidelines on how health should be considered when developing blue infrastructure interventions.
BlueHealth will address this gap.
The research team will assess the effects of large scale projects such as dockland regeneration in Estonia and flood-proofing in the Netherlands, as well as smaller initiatives like canal cycle paths in Italy and coastal walking here in the UK.
The study will also explore how virtual aquatic and coastal environments could be used in hospitals in Sweden and the UK to improve patients’ wellbeing.
The complete list of institutions involved is:
University of Exeter Medical School, UK
Fundacio Centre De Recerca En Epidemiologia Ambiental – Creal, Spain
Lunds Universitet, Sweden
Eesti Maaulikool, Estonia
National Institute for Public Health and The Environment, Netherlands
World Health Organization, Germany
Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis, Greece
Istituto Superiore Di Sanita, Italy
Centro Euro-Mediterraneo Sui Cambiamenti Climatici Scarl, Italy
BlueHealth has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 666773.