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Linking Up Environment, Health and Climate for Inter-sector Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in a Rapidly Changing Environment

Objective

The BlueHealth Consortium brings together a multi-disciplinary team of experts reaching across all 28 European Union countries. The proposed 5 year BlueHealth Project takes an international, interdisciplinary and multi-sector approach to health promotion and disease prevention by investigating the relationship between the EU’s ‘blue infrastructure’ and the health and well-being of its citizens. Blue infrastructure refers to the network of natural and man-made aquatic environments providing a range of multi-sectorial services (e.g. transportation, fresh water provision). There has been no systematic attempt to detail the potential impacts of our blue infrastructure on health promotion and disease prevention, nor to develop guidelines on how health should be considered when developing blue infrastructure interventions, particularly across sectors. BlueHealth will address this gap.

The majority of Europeans live in cities built on inland waterways, lakes, or the coasts. BlueHealth will focus on urban blue infrastructures. The EU’s blue infrastructure offers significant health and well-being related opportunities and benefits (eg urban cooling, recreation), but also challenges and stressors (eg flooding, microbial/chemical pollution). BlueHealth will investigate these trade-offs, with the aims of quantifying the impacts on population health and well-being of interventions and policy initiatives connected to blue infrastructure, and identifying success factors and obstacles of inter-sectorial collaborations. Assessments of health and environment benefits, risks and costs will improve our understanding of the role of urban blue infrastructures on across-sector health promotion and disease prevention. The Partners have collaborations across the Environment, Health, and Climate sectors, and extensive experience with inter-institutional, multi-sectorial, interdisciplinary research programmes employing innovation, stakeholder engagement, dissemination, and policy impact.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

H2020-PHC-2015-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 522 427,50

Participants (8)

FUNDACION PRIVADA INSTITUTO DE SALUD GLOBAL BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 974 437,50
Address
C Rossello 132 Planta 05
08036 Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 975 005
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EESTI MAAULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 875 000
Address
Kreutzwaldi 1
51014 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 468 825
Address
Antonie Van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9
3721 MA Bilthoven
Activity type
Research Organisations
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 399 975
Address
Avenue Appia 20
1211 Geneve
Activity type
Research Organisations
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 333 000
Address
Kedea Building, Tritis Septemvriou, Aristotle Univ Campus
54636 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ISTITUTO SUPERIORE DI SANITA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 200 001,25
Address
Viale Regina Elena 299
00161 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
FONDAZIONE CENTRO EURO-MEDITERRANEOSUI CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 250 000
Address
Via A Imperatore 16
73100 Lecce
Activity type
Research Organisations