Nowadays, over 50% of the human population lives in cities and although cities are increasing their blue and green areas, the health care potential of nature areas is not adequately considered. Recognising this gap, KMOP, a dedicated member of COFACE, has embarked on an inspiring journey with the NATURELAB project under the Horizon Europe initiative.
Consistent information, education, and scientific evidence, including cost-benefit analysis, are needed to boost a change in the approach and raise new opportunities to turn the ecological transition into an asset for health and well-being. There is a need to develop and establish scientifically validated protocols to support people to connect with nature in ways designed to improve their specific personal needs. Recognizing this gap, KMOP, a dedicated member of COFACE, has embarked on an inspiring journey with the NATURELAB project under the Horizon Europe initiative.
NATURELAB aims to contribute to the recognition, promotion and use of green and blue spaces as healthcare sites, by investigating the benefits of nature-based therapies (NBT) that promote well-being and support disease prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.
Along with several other key actions, NATURELAB will organise three international workshops, two during the project 2nd and 3rd years, to communicate the results and consult stakeholders on the methodologies and approaches designed, and an International Forum, dedicated to presenting the major findings and guidelines to all stakeholders’ groups, including healthcare professionals and policymakers.
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