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Cities in Europe could prevent up to 43,000 deaths each year with more green spaces

A landmark ISGlobal study co-funded by GoGreenRoutes analysed the amount of green space in more than 1,000 cities across 31 European countries. It concluded that, if the World Health Organisation recommendations regarding residential proximity to green space were to be achieved, thousands of premature deaths could be prevented. Green space is associated with a number of health benefits, including lower premature mortality, longer life expectancy and fewer mental health problems.

Read the study and explore the ISGlobal Ranking of Cities according to air quality, green spaces and mortality data.
Watch Evelise Barbosa, lead author of the study, present its main findings in a new video interview recorded by the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park. Study co-author Mark Nieuwenhuijsen also discussed the results in a recent The Guardian article.

Looking back and looking forward: Nature for Health Autumn School and Campus Tour

GoGreenRoutes' recent hybrid training event at Maynooth University, with up to 80 participants online and almost 50 in-person attendees was both a huge success and a pivot point for the project. One of the highlights of the three-day event was the tour of a green campus ecosystem. Read more.

Cultivating City Tallinn wins European Green Capital 2023 Award

The city of Tallinn was announced winner of the European Green Capital 2023 Award for its commitment to sustainability. Find out how it impressed the jury > and check out our new poster with all you need to know about Tallinn's GGR interventions.

Get Inspired

Human-nature interactions: Can relationships exist outside of the human realm?

We often envision a relationship as a connection between two people. So, what happens when we look beyond this accepted understanding of what a relationship can be and whom, or what, can be involved? We discover that relationships can exist outside of the realm of human connection. Learn how how cities can make symbiotic relationships between humans and their environment flourish. 

Stakeholder mapping in the GGR Cultivating Cities

A new report developed by RWTH Aachen University, ICLEI Europe and staff from the cities of Burgas, Lahti, Limerick, Tallinn, Umeå and Versailles provides insight into the process of identifying key stakeholders, preparing the ground for collaboration, and analysing their needs and interests relevant to the co-creation of Nature-based Solutions. Download the report.

New on GoGreenRoutes.eu

Coming up: the GGR Data Hub

To be launched next summer, the GoGreenRoutes Data Hub will be a metadata portal which provides access to the NBS-related monitoring data gathered by the project teams in the GGR Cultivating Cities, and to ancillary data which provide further information pertinent to the project work. Learn more.

Connecting Nature Enterprise Platform

The CNEP is an online marketplace designed to connect buyers and suppliers of Nature-based Solutions. GoGreenRoutes is pleased to support its NBS for Health and Well-Being Community. Explore the platform!



1 November - 18 December 21

proGIreg Nature-based Urban Regeneration MOOC


How can we use nature to improve life in our cities? This course shares knowledge generated in urban Living Labs in Europe and China and will introduce you to co-designing, co-implementing and evaluating Nature-based Solutions for urban renewal with local communities.

24 November 21

UrbanByNature China Webinar #4: Technical Implementation of Nature-based Solutions


The fourth UrbanByNature (UbN) China webinar, introducing STEP5/IMPLEMENT of the UbN programme, will zoom in on the technical aspects of NBS design and delivery. Speakers from Connecting Nature, CLEVER Cities and China will outline how they went about choosing the most appropriate Nature-based Solutions.


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 innovation action programme under grant agreement No 869764. The sole responsibility for the content of this newsletter lies with the GoGreenRoutes project and in no way reflects the views of the European Union.

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