Nature and wellbeing

Natural environments and ecosystems are integral to human health and wellbeing, and of profound importance to people’s everyday lives and connection with the natural world. This importance goes well beyond human requirements for ‘healthy’, life-supporting, ecosystems and uncontaminated air, water, food ecosystem services, though these are of course fundamental to human health and wellbeing. Natural environments and biodiversity are also of profound importance for meeting psychological needs of hope and inspiration, connection to the natural world, restoration, recreation, and identity.  Overall, healthy ecosystems and natural environments make an essential contribution to our quality of life. 

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