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Beyond these more obvious benefits, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests contact with nature provides a multitude of health benefits.
Close proximity to natural areas provides a positive emotional experience that has been shown to speed up recovery time for hospitalized patients, motivate healthy behaviors like exercise, and improve or sustain mental health.
Communities have choices in how they prepare for and respond to floods.
Often overlooked is the role that nature and nature-based solutions can play alongside seawalls or dams and levees.
In a study in Philadelphia, vacant lots—which are often associated with illegal activity—were cleaned of trash and illegal dumping, planted with grass and trees, and had a small wooden fence built around the perimeter.
The greening activity was associated with reductions in violent crimes and improvements in residents' perceptions of safety.
“The decisions we make today about the infrastructure we put in place – whether natural or manmade – will have a long-lasting impact on how we live and work.
We should let nature do its very best job for us.” “There is a recognition that the project will save property, it’ll save homes, it’ll save businesses.
Over 30 studies analyzing residential property values support the idea that those located near natural or green spaces are more valuable and generate more tax revenues—with property values up to 20% higher. commercial and recreational fisheries was estimated at over billion annually, with more than 1.7 million jobs related to the fisheries industry. is estimated to generate more than 0 billion in economic activity annually.
To put these findings into a city-wide economic context, the study found the increased property values associated with a single greenbelt in Austin, Texas amounted to approximately .64 million in additional property tax revenue in just two neighborhoods. The vast majority of commercial and recreational fisheries rely on species that use floodplains and wetlands for some stage of their life cycle development. Also, in a series of studies about trees in business districts around the U. found shoppers were willing to spend more in areas with higher quality tree canopies or a more natural feel.
And green streetscapes encourage active modes of transport, such as walking or cycling.