A report has been launched by Liverpool JMU Centre for Public Health which argues that supporting and promoting investment in green space is likely to have a range of far-reaching benefits for the local economy and public health. An overview of the report is given below:
Cycling, walking and activities in green space have clear benefits for health and wellbeing but investing in green infrastructure also has the potential to afford social, economic and environmental benefits to communities in the North West. Initiatives that promote cycling, walking and activities in green space may be termed ‘sustainable ventures’; ventures with clear economic benefits that utilise opportunities to improve health and wellbeing while contributing to environmental sustainability.
This report is based on a review of the evidence on the wider economic benefits of sustainable ventures in public health. The review primarily considers initiatives to promote cycling, walking and activities in green space, but also more broadly on the social and economic benefits of investing in the development of green infrastructure. The report also makes recommendations on how sustainable ventures in public health can be further encouraged or promoted at a regional level.