Blue spaces: How to promote health and wellbeing in Europe

Today over 200 million Europeans live in cities established on coastlines, along river networks, or on the shores of lakes. Our urban areas also contain man-made water features such as fountains, canals and ponds. These blue spaces play a major role in determining the quality of our urban areas and contribute to a wide range of services and benefits for urban populations.

Bringing together the political commitment of the Intergroup to stimulate debate on the sustainable development of coastal territories and the scientific evidence of the researchers on this initiative, the SEArica Intergroup, the H2020 BlueHealth Project and the European Marine Board are co-organising a webinar on Friday 20th November, 15.00-16.00 (CEST time).

 

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In the context of the Green Deal and of the European Commission Mission Board on Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters’s proposition of the “Mission Starfish 2030: Restore our Ocean and Waters” for the next EU programming period, blue health is a key issue in order to highlight the essential role of blue spaces  in regard to societal challenges and environmental inequalities.

Research, Innovation, Climate Change and territorial planning are major  themes to address to pave the way for a sustainable future of the EU. This event will be an opportunity to tackle the new scientific evidence generated from the H2020 BlueHealth Project about the population level relationships between blue spaces and wellbeing, and to discuss how research can be used in evidence based design and planning, and trends for a more sustainable Europe.

More about the collaboration: 

The H2020 BlueHealth Project is a pan-European research initiative investigating the links between urban blue spaces and health. The project is combining interdisciplinary and trans-sector approaches in order to examine how human health and wellbeing might be promoted through the sustainable development of blue infrastructure. BlueHealth is working with communities, private sector organisations and policymakers to ensure findings are focused and relevant and can be implemented to benefit communities and the environment. CLICK HERE for more information 

The European Marine Board (EMB) is a European think tank, specialised in marine science policy, providing a platform to advance marine research and to bridge the gap between science and policy. EMB recently participated in the H2020 SOPHIE Project, leading the publication of a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for Oceans and Human health in Europe. One of the three target action areas of this SRA, on blue spaces, tourism and well-being, specifically outlines the potential human health and well-being gains from interaction with blue spaces, and calls for further research in this area. CLICK HERE for more information 

This event is organised by the H2020 BlueHealth project. The SEArica Intergroup is co-hosting this event.

 

Event Properties

Event Date 20-11-2020 15:00
Event End Date 20-11-2020 16:00
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Attachment Agenda_Webinar Introducing BlueHealth_CEST.PDF

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What is an Intergroup?

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup is one of the 27 Intergroups that were approved on 11 December 2019 by the Conference of Presidents for the 9th legislature of the European Parliament. Intergroups can be formed by MEPs from any political group and any parliamentary committee with a view to holding informal exchanges of views on particular issues and promoting contact between MEPs and civil society.

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup brings together more than 100 MEPs from 7 different political groups and 23 Member States.

Intergroups are not Parliament bodies and therefore may not express Parliament's opinion.

Intergroups are subject to internal rules adopted by the Conference of Presidents on 16 December 1999 (last updated on 11 September 2014), which set out the conditions under which intergroups may be established at the beginning of each parliamentary term and their operating rules.