BlueHealth has increased understanding of how urban blue spaces can affect people’s wellbeing.

The majority of Europe’s population live in urban areas characterised by inland waterways and coastal margins.

Our interdisciplinary research has combined large-scale survey data with localised interventions to understand the effects these environments might have on health.

We have worked with communities, private sector organisations and policymakers to ensure our findings are focused and relevant.

Our recommendations will help decision makers and communities promote health through access to good quality blue spaces, informing the development of towns and cities fit for the future.

This project started in January 2016 and finished in December 2020.


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The BlueHealth project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 666773.

By stimulating research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is producing world-class science that enables Europe’s public and private sectors to work together in delivering solutions to 21st century challenges.

Read more about Horizon 2020 and the projects it funds.