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Social and Environmental Justice: Diversity in Access to and Benefits from Urban Green Infrastructure – Examples from Europe

  • Liz O’Brien
  • Rik De Vreese
  • Erdoğan Atmiş
  • Anton Stahl Olafsson
  • Tuija Sievänen
  • Michael Brennan
  • Mercedes Sánchez
  • Thomas Panagopoulos
  • Sjerp de Vries
  • Maren Kern
  • Sandra Gentin
  • Graça Saraiva
  • Ana Almeida
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Part of the Future City book series (FUCI, volume 7)

Introduction

Urban forests (UF) and green infrastructure (GI) – including trees that are not only in woodlands, but also on streets, along streams, in parks, and on roofs – provide important ecosystem services for urban and peri-urban populations. By allowing for urban living in pleasant and healthy surroundings, breaking up the paved and impermeable built environment, and providing space for recreation (Fig. 15.1), urban greening facilitates a wide variety of well-being benefits (Panagopoulos et al. 2016). Access to urban GI, whether by living on a green residential street or having an urban park nearby to walk the dog, can contribute to mental well-being, stimulate social connections and foster active lifestyles that help combat obesity-related diseases and premature death (O’Brien and Morris 2013; Koohsari et al. 2015; Coen and Ross 2006). However, particular sections of society such as the income deprived, the disabled, and ethnic minority groups may not have the same access to...

Keywords

Green Space Procedural Justice Distributive Justice Urban Forest Environmental Justice 
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Notes

Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge EU Cost Action FP1204: ‘Green Infrastructure approach: linking environmental with social aspects in studying and managing urban forests’ and all the participants of the Action that assisted with providing information and data gathering for this chapter. Thanks to Nathan Siter for reviewing the work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Liz O’Brien
    • 1
  • Rik De Vreese
    • 2
  • Erdoğan Atmiş
    • 3
  • Anton Stahl Olafsson
    • 4
  • Tuija Sievänen
    • 5
  • Michael Brennan
    • 6
  • Mercedes Sánchez
    • 7
  • Thomas Panagopoulos
    • 8
  • Sjerp de Vries
    • 9
  • Maren Kern
    • 10
  • Sandra Gentin
    • 4
  • Graça Saraiva
    • 11
  • Ana Almeida
    • 11
  1. 1.Centre for Ecosystems, Society and BiosecuritySocial and Economic Research Group (Forest Research)SurreyUK
  2. 2.Public Health DepartmentVrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)Jette (Brussels)Belgium
  3. 3.Forest FacultyBartın UniversityBartınTurkey
  4. 4.Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource ManagementUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  5. 5.Natural Resources Institute FinlandHelsinkiFinland
  6. 6.Eastern and Midlands Regional AssemblyDublinIreland
  7. 7.Public University of NavarraPamplonaSpain
  8. 8.University of AlgarveFaroPortugal
  9. 9.Wageningen University and ResearchWageningenThe Netherlands
  10. 10.School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFLBern University of Applied SciencesBernSwitzerland
  11. 11.Research Centre for Architecture Urbanism & Design, Faculty of ArchitectureUniversity of LisbonLisbonPortugal

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