Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Melissa R. Marselle, Jutta Stadler, Horst Korn, Katherine N. Irvine, Aletta Bonn
    Pages 1-13 Open Access
  3. Biodiversity and Physical Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Sarah J. Lindley, Penny A. Cook, Matthew Dennis, Anna Gilchrist
      Pages 17-46 Open Access
    3. Athanasios Damialis, Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, Regina Treudler
      Pages 47-66 Open Access
    4. Ruth Müller, Friederike Reuss, Vladimir Kendrovski, Doreen Montag
      Pages 67-90 Open Access
    5. Payam Dadvand, Mireia Gascon, Iana Markevych
      Pages 121-130 Open Access
  4. Biodiversity, Mental Health and Spiritual Well-being

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Sjerp de Vries, Robbert Snep
      Pages 159-173 Open Access
    3. Melissa R. Marselle, Dörte Martens, Martin Dallimer, Katherine N. Irvine
      Pages 175-211 Open Access
    4. Katherine N. Irvine, Dusty Hoesly, Rebecca Bell-Williams, Sara L. Warber
      Pages 213-247 Open Access
  5. Implications of the Biodiversity and Health Relationship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Penny A. Cook, Michelle Howarth, C. Philip Wheater
      Pages 251-281 Open Access
    3. Zoe G. Davies, Martin Dallimer, Jessica C. Fisher, Richard A. Fuller
      Pages 283-294 Open Access
    4. Horst Korn, Jutta Stadler, Aletta Bonn
      Pages 315-328 Open Access
    5. Hans Keune, Kerstin Friesenbichler, Barbara Häsler, Astrid Hilgers, Jukka-Pekka Jäppinen, Beate Job-Hoben et al.
      Pages 329-360 Open Access
  6. Planning and Managing Urban Green Spaces for Biodiversity and Health in a Changing Climate

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 361-361
    2. Kathy MacKinnon, Chantal van Ham, Kate Reilly, Jo Hopkins
      Pages 363-380 Open Access
    3. Ruth F. Hunter, Anne Cleary, Matthias Braubach
      Pages 381-409 Open Access
    4. Thomas Elmqvist, Franz Gatzweiler, Elisabet Lindgren, Jieling Liu
      Pages 411-424 Open Access
    5. Stefan Heiland, Julia Weidenweber, Catharine Ward Thompson
      Pages 425-448 Open Access
  7. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 449-449
    2. Melissa R. Marselle, Jutta Stadler, Horst Korn, Katherine N. Irvine, Aletta Bonn
      Pages 451-472 Open Access
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 473-481

About this book


This open access book identifies and discusses biodiversity’s contribution to physical, mental and spiritual health and wellbeing. Furthermore, the book identifies the implications of this relationship for nature conservation, public health, landscape architecture and urban planning – and considers the opportunities of nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation.

This transdisciplinary book will attract a wide audience interested in biodiversity, ecology, resource management, public health, psychology, urban planning, and landscape architecture. The emphasis is on multiple human health benefits from biodiversity - in particular with respect to the increasing challenge of climate change. This makes the book unique to other books that focus either on biodiversity and physical health or natural environments and mental wellbeing. The book is written as a definitive ‘go-to’ book for those who are new to the field of biodiversity and health.


Biodiversity and human health Climate change and wellbeing Nature conservation and public health Urban planning and landscape architecture Nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation

Editors and affiliations

  • Melissa R. Marselle
    • 1
  • Jutta Stadler
    • 2
  • Horst Korn
    • 3
  • Katherine N. Irvine
    • 4
  • Aletta Bonn
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Ecosystem ServicesHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)LeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)Isle of Vilm, PutbusGermany
  3. 3.Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)Isle of Vilm, PutbusGermany
  4. 4.Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Research GroupThe James Hutton InstituteAberdeen, ScotlandUK
  5. 5.Department of Ecosystem Services Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany , German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), Leipzig, GermanyInstitute of Biodiversity Friedrich Schiller University JenaJenaGermany

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