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Main issues: A new scientific publication sets out a new framework to help understand how contact with nature can help individuals build resilience to stressful circumstances, supported from the EU-funded project RESONATE: Building individual and community RESilience thrOugh NATurE-based therapies.

Location: European wide  

Main facts/points + key statistics and data:

  • Nature-based solutions including urban forests and wetlands can help communities cope better with climate change and other environmental stressors by enhancing social-ecological resilience.
  • Less understood is the relation to individuals' personal resilience. The authors propose a ‘nature-based biopsychosocial resilience theory’ (NBRT) to address this and related gaps.
    • The framework places the concept of resilience at the heart of why nature helps reduce stress, promote health and prevent disease, and distinguishes between two related but distinct mechanisms for “bringing nature back into our lives”: Nature-based Solutions (NbSs) and Nature-based Therapies (NbTs).
      • Nature-based Solutions (NbSs) integrate elements of the natural world into urban infrastructures, e.g. through tree planting or urban wetland restoration. Broadly speaking, NbSs bring nature closer to people.
      • In synergy, Nature-based Therapies (NbTs) support people to connect with natural elements available in their surroundings, including those associated with NbSs. NbTs bring people closer to nature.
    • The authors argue that nature contact can support individuals build and maintain biological, psychological, and social (i.e. biopsychosocial) resilience-related resources.
    • The framework suggests that individual-level resilience can refer to both:
      • a) a person’s set of adaptive resources; and
      • b) the processes by which these resources are deployed.
  • Final conclusions:
    • "Natural environments are often seen as a risk factor for human health and well-being, but contact with nature offers an abundance of resilience building opportunities which can also reduce risk and help people cope with the inevitable challenges life brings."
    • NBRT can contribute to "an improved understanding of the many ways in which our own health and well-being is intricately bound up with the health of the planet as a whole."
  • Relevant research for urban environments: The scientific publication also includes quite some links to other relevant research papers relating to cities and nature-based solutions, greenining in urban environments.


Original link / Source of Information / Date of Updates:

Viewed in EuroHealth net newsletter "Health Highlights October 2023", 23.10.2023

Project website: https://resonate-horizon.eu/

Original scientific publication: "Nature-based biopsychosocial resilience: An integrative theoretical framework for research on nature and health", Environment International, Volume 181, November 2023, 108234