News from ISGlobal
The annual meeting of the BlueHealth project brought together 65 researchers from 9 European institutions on 30 and 31 March. The aim of the project, funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, is to generate new evidence in an area that has received little attention: the influence of blue spaces—such as rivers and seas—on people’s health and well-being. The meeting took place at ISGlobal’s Campus Mar in the PRBB.
Europe has 91,000 km of coastline and more than half of its population lives within 50 km of the sea. The aim of BlueHealth is to investigate whether a utilitarian network of blue spaces could help to address major public health challenges—such as obesity, sedentary lifestyles and mental health disorders—and adapt these spaces to climate change. The BlueHealth project follows in the footsteps of PHENOTYPE, a research initiative funded by the EU and coordinated by ISGlobal, which provided evidence on the health benefits of green spaces.
At the meeting in Barcelona, researchers and professionals from various disciplines discussed the progress of BlueHealth and shared their views on the approaches of the various studies being carried out as part of the project.