Healthy Parks Healthy People Europe: Connecting People and Nature for a healthier and happier Europe

EUROPARC launched the new Healthy Parks, Healthy People Europe Programme, to improve cooperation, the exchange of ideas and experience and the development of better policy and practice with sustainable nature of Europe’s parks and protected areas as a key asset for health and well-being.

162 participants from across the globe, were present in the EUROPARC webinar and heard from those working in both Parks and Public Health sectors on this initiative, and how it contributes to the new approach to linking health and nature, needed even moreso in the COVID-19 era.

“Healthy Parks Healthy People Europe”,  born out of tried and tested experience from across Europe, has been developed as a tool to enable health/parks partnerships to be built. It seeks to give a framework considering the main aspects of what a Healthy Park Healthy People programme would look like, conceptually and practically. A toolkit and case studies built on real time real life experience will give ideas and practical solutions to park and health sectors looking to embark on a partnerships to gain the most health benefits for their community whilst ensuring resilient spaces for nature also to thrive.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted more than ever how essential human connection to nature is. Parks and Protected areas are a vital “natural health service”, but need guidance, idea and investment to make sure they can deliver the benefits people need. A healthy park, nature rich, with safe and accessible infrastructure vital though that is, can be enriched with coherent and integrated policy framework, and collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship between the park and health sectors. Healthy Parks Healthy People Europe” aims to help realise the contribution of green health to Europe’s green recovery.

The Healthy Parks Healthy People Europe programme brochure is available to download here.


Download the presentations:

Nature and Health in the COVID-19 world – a public health perspective
By Alba Godfrey, EuroHealthNet.

Green Health Networking events – Lanarkshire, Scotland.
By Bridget Finton – Scottish Natural Heritage and member of WCPA/IUCN Advisory Group, with the presentation of the North Ayrshire GHP film.

Nature and Health in the COVID-19 world – an environmental perspective.
By Carles Castell – Conservation Manager, Natural Areas Department, Provincial Council of Barcelona.

Trails to Nature, examples from across Finland.
By Joel Erkkonen, Parks & Wildlife Finland.

Nature and Health – the HPHP Europe strategy.
By Pete Rawcliffe – Scottish Natural Heritage and Chair of EUROPARC Federaiton’s Health and Protected Areas commission.

The 30-30 campaign – exercise in nature for 30 minutes a day for 30 days.
By Katriina Kilpi – NatureMinded/Bos+, Belgium.

Mentimeter results:

Other usefull resources:

Out Natural Health Service – Scottish Natural Heritage

Evaluation of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Pilot

Reviewing approaches to valuing mental health benefits of woodlands

International Forest Therapy Days end of September in Finland

Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective

Green Flag Award UK

Book: Physical Activity in Natural Settings – Green and Blue Exercise (by: Aoife A. Donnelly, Tadhg E. MacIntyre)