Health ambitions in the Environment and Planning Act: how can BlueHealth support these?
On World Water Day 2019 the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, RIVM is hosting an international workshop to achieve healthy blue spaces for all. What are blue spaces? A blue space is an urban design term for visible water. Rivers, ponds, lakes, ports, canals, fountains, etc., all count as blue spaces. It is known that spending time close to blue spaces has a positive impact on mental health and promotes physical activity. Implementation in the urban environment In the Netherlands, there are several new opportunities to include green and blue spaces in spatial plans, such as the new Dutch Environment and Planning Act. However, it remains a challenge how to implement these spaces in an urban environment with multiple interests at stake. International workshop. RIVM is involved in the Horizon2020 project ‘BlueHealth’ which aims to overcome this knowledge gap. It is investigating how these environments can affect health promotion and disease control. In the workshop titled ‘Health ambitions in the Environment and Planning Act: how can BlueHealth support these?’ the BlueHealth results until now are presented. Participants are invited to try out the BlueHealth tools and to discuss how BlueHealth research and tools can be applied to put ‘blue health’ and blue spaces on the agenda and implemented in spatial planning. Participants are local authorities, public health agencies, knowledge institutes and national authorities.
Start date: March 22, 2019
End date: March 22, 2019
Organization: RIVM, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment