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|Title: ||Biodiversity, environmental health and human well-being: analysis of linkages and pathways|
|Authors: ||Osei-Wusu Adjei, Prince|
Agyei, Frank Kwaku
|Issue Date: ||2014|
|Publisher: ||Environ. Dev. Sustain.|
|Citation: ||Environ. Dev. Sustain, 2014; DOI 10.1007/s10668-014-9591-0|
|Abstract: ||Well-being, a condition of positive physical, social and mental state of life, has
become a prime focus of research in recent years as people seek to achieve and sustain it.
Interacting with the natural environment has been established as a way of acquiring wellbeing
benefits. However, the extent to which well-being depends on various aspects of the
environment particularly biodiversity has received less attention. This paper examines the
relationship between the level of biodiversity in an environment and human well-being.
The depression and happiness scale was employed to sample 236 visitors of eight green
spaces in Anglesey and Gwynedd, North Wales, while also noting socio-demographic and
environmental factors such as perceived naturalness, density of visitors and noise level to
establish the relationship. In each green space, the levels of native and introduced plant
diversity were estimated. The paper established that level of ecological diversity determines
level of people’s wellness and happiness derived from a green environment. Visitors
to green spaces with higher plant diversity receive higher levels of happiness. Significantly
too, diversity of introduced species was a better predictor than native plant diversity.
Perceived naturalness, density of visitors and visitors’ age was also predictors of happiness.
It is concluded that increasing the level of biodiversity in an environment could improve
people’s well-being. However, the finding about introduced versus native species deserves more attention.|
|Description: ||An article published by Environ. Dev. Sustain, 2014; DOI 10.1007/s10668-014-9591-0|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Arts and Social Sciences|
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