Respondents in seven countries considered mental health more important than flood prevention

10 New Burlington Street (Crown Estate), with planting by J&L Gibbons. Image: Arup

Research by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) and partners has found that policy makers across seven European countries now consider that the mental health benefits of green infrastructure outweigh its value for flood prevention and improved air quality.

The respondents, who also included funders and other sector influencers, were asked to rank a list of the benefits of green infrastructure based on its perceived importance. In all but two countries – Hungary and Slovakia – either mental or physical health benefits were rated highest.

The lowest ranking benefit among all respondents was the perceived ability for green infrastructure to increase jobs, followed by improvements to social cohesion and attracting investment.

This work is part of the PERFECT project, which aims to encourage investment in green infrastructure across Europe. Learn more about the project here.

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