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Spatial accessibility to urban green spaces in Brussels Capital Region and its surroundings

The benefits of urban green spaces (UGS) are significant for increasing the rate of physical activities, general improvement of health and ensuring an improved socialization culture in a society. The associated benefits are also essential for quality of life and wellbeing improvement. However, in many cases, UGS and therefore the benefits they provide are unevenly distributed in cities, which raises issues of environmental justice.

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Blog, Nature-based solutions, Urban forests

Leisure or motorised traffic in Brussels Central Park? Who wants what

About a year ago, I introduced in this blog Brussels’s Bois de la Cambre and the contention that was taking place to maintain or not motorised traffic through the park. In the post’s conclusion I was reflecting on the fact that, despite an apparent consensus on the importance of urban forests, in scarce urban land choices need to be made to arbitrate between mismatching priorities, ranging from providing space for leisure and the possibility to enjoy nature, to granting privileges to a country’s elites, or develop motorized mobility infrastructure.

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The meaning of CLEARING HOUSE

In a world with an increasing population and urbanisation, forests and urban green spaces are critical elements for making cities more sustainable, greener and healthier places to live. During this interview you will learn about citizens perceptions and usage patterns of forests and urban green spaces through different geographical contexts.

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What does the Public Health Science tell us on forests as health infrastructure?

This paramount question kicked off the second day of the Urban Forestry Days (23 – 24 March 2021), organised by the European Forest Institute (EFI) together with the European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF) and the Horizon 2020 CLEARING HOUSE project. Three distinguished speakers from all around the globe shared their expertise and we asked them to let us in on the latest research on the impact of forests on both physical and mental human health.
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School greening: right or privilege? The case of Barcelona

Previous CLEARING HOUSE blogposts highlighted the importance of school-related green and blue spaces for children’s wellbeing, especially during the COVID19 pandemic and for those living in disadvantaged neighborhoods. This new post presents a recent study published by VUB and ICTA-UAB researchers in the scientific journal “Landscape and Urban Planning” which examines the amount and typology of urban nature within and around 324 primary schools of Barcelona from an equity perspective. Results show that school-based exposure and access to urban nature is markedly unequal across the Catalan capital.

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