Biodiversity, cultural pathways, and human health: a framework.
Higgins, Sahran L.
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
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Direct contact with biodiversity is culturally important in a range of contexts. Many people even join conservation organisations to protect biodiversity that they will never encounter first-hand. Despite this, we have little idea how biodiversity affects people's well-being and health through these cultural pathways. Human health is sensitive to apparently trivial psychological stimuli, negatively affected by the risk of environmental degradation, and positively affected by contact with natural spaces. This suggests that well-being and health should be affected by biodiversity change, but few studies have begun to explore these relationships. Here, we develop a framework for linking biodiversity change with human cultural values, well-being, and health. We argue that better understanding these relations might be profoundly important for biodiversity conservation and public health.
Natural Environment Research Council
European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013
European Social Fund Convergence Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
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Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 2014, Vol. 29, Issue 4, pp. 198 - 204
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