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Nature & Health: Green 10 Briefing for the European Parliament

Nature’s goods and services (the so called ecosystem services) are the ultimate foundations of life, health and our whole economy. Human beings’ fundamental need for food, water, clean air, shelter and climate stability, are all provided by ecosystems. Moreover, nature is essential for mental well-being, recreation and recovery from stress. We often assume that good health derives from prudent consumer choices and behaviours, with access to good health care. But this ignores the role of the array of ecosystems that allow people to enjoy good health, economic activity and life itself. Continued...

Last updated on 10 June 2011

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