In the second part of our focus series on the IUCN World Parks Congress we look at the many ways protected areas such as nature reserves and national parks benefit people. As well as offering places for physical activity and recreation, the benefits of parks include providing medicines, regulating disease and supporting livelihoods.
For many people there’s nothing better than getting out and enjoying the best of what nature has to offer. But we are spending more and more time indoors and our physical and mental health is suffering because of it. The medical profession is starting to take note and you’ll see from the video below how a growing number of doctors are ‘prescribing parks’.
Read more about the Improving Health and Wellbeing theme of the World Parks Congress.
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over civilised people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”
John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, 1898.