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Learn to explain your research in 2 minutes and win the Elevator Pitch competition

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The ICTA-UAB awarded an Erasmus+ for running a project on higher education and research in Biosphere Reserves

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Co-managed small-scale fisheries lead to social and ecological improvements

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Nace El Observatorio del Besòs: un proyecto de seguimiento de la calidad de los sistemas fluviales de la cuenca

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The Gulf of St. Lawrence has warmed and lost oxygen faster than almost anywhere else in the global oceans.

Climate Change Modifies the Composition of Reefs

Corals devastated by climate change are being replaced naturally by other species such as gorgonians, which are less efficient in acting as a carbon sink.

ICTA-UAB launches the first master’s Degree in “Political Ecology. Degrowth and Environmental Justice”

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Pioneering study analyses the effects of forests on human health

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Marine Litter on Mediterranean Beaches Triples in Summer

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Mapping the Urban Vitality of Barcelona

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Agricultural intensification not a “blueprint” for sustainable development

Social and ecological results of increased agricultural intensification are not as positive as expected.

Green urban planning must consider social equity criteria

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The ICTA-UAB alerts of a new invasive Asian beetle pest in Catalonia that kills mulberry trees

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More than 120 ICTA-UAB researchers addressed environmental challenges at a symposium, especially those arising from global and...

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Low-carbon energy transition requires more renewables than previously thought

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Climate Change Threatens World's Largest Seagrass Carbon Stores

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Amazon's indigenous people hunt animals feeding in areas contaminated by oil spills

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The new Planttes app warns of allergy risks in different urban areas

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ICTA-UAB’s success: five ERC grants in two years

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New ICTA-UAB 'Welcome Guide'

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ICTA-UAB presents a report developed with the Worldwatch Institute (WWI)

Date: 2018-06-13

Researchers from the group Conservation, Biodiversity and Global Change from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), Pablo Knobel, Roser Maneja and Martí Boada, presented on Thursday June 14th at Palau Macaya (Barcelona) the report “Urban Green spaces and human health. Towards a new research agenda” developed in close collaboration with the Worldwatch Institute (WWI), with headquarters in Washington. The report is a step further in this issue, in addition to being the follow-up of the previous study focused on the analysis of the role of biodiversity as an indicator of sustainability in Mediterranean cities. This last was published in 2016 in the form of 3 chapters within the State of the World 2016: Can a city be sustainable?

The report is part of a series of reports edited by the WWI with the aim to delve into emerging issues related with the different faces of global sustainability with the main objective of spreading their results to a broad audience and have a direct repercussion in society. With the tittle Urban green spaces and human health. Towards a new research agenda the report, that is published digitally and in English, focuses on the analysis of the potential relations between urban green spaces and human heath, analysing them from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The main ideas that can be extracted from the report can be summarized as follows. With the growth of cities and urban population worldwide the concern about the urban population health and wellbeing also grows. In this sense, urban green spaces can have a crucial role. Nature and green spaces have been linked to mankind throughout history in many places of the world and there are specific references to health already in ancient Greece. There are many studies that establish the link between the presence, proximity and, in a few cases, the quality of UGS with different elements of health. These elements range from mental health to mortality, including cardiovascular diseases or child cognitive development. Even though many links have been described, it is important to highlight that there are still many relevant factors to analyse and that their detailed study might generate a more robust information on the links between UGS and human health.


Date: Thursday, June 14th 2018
Venue: Palau Macaya, Paseo Sant Joan 108, 08009 Barcelona

10.00 – 11.00h


11.00 – 11.15h


  • Sr. Jaume Lanaspa. President of the Office of the Club of Rome in Barcelona.


11.15 – 11.45h

 Health related research from “La Caixa” Banking Foundation. Challenges and   opportunities.

  • Sr. Àngel Font. Director of the science branch of La Caixa Fundation.


11.45- 12.45h

 Keynote. Green Spaces: Child Health and Development.

  • Dr. Payam Dadvand. Assistant Research Professor at ISGlobal.


12.45 -13.00h

 Urban green spaces and human Health. Towards a new research agenda. Background.

  • Dr. Roser Maneja. Researcher at ICTA-UAB


 Urban green spaces and human Health. Towards a new research agenda. Worldwatch   Report.

  • Sr. Gary Gardner. Director of Publications WorldWatch Institute.
  • Sr. Pablo Knobel. Predoctoral researcher at ICTA-UAB


13.45 – 14.00 h


  • Sr. José Manuel Morán. Vicepresident of the Spanish chapter of the Club of Rome.





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