The Appia Antica regional park is a major hub for recreational activities in Rome, Italy.

It is home to both natural and artificial aquatic ecosystems, including streams, springs and wetlands. It represents a biological corridor for numerous animal species, a reservoir of biodiversity, and preserves part of the Roman historical countryside.

This project will use different communication activities (e.g. workshops, a brochure, and posters at the Park’s information point) to improve stakeholders’ knowledge of the positive effects of blue space on human health and wellbeing.

Engaged stakeholders were interviewed before and after the intervention by administering a questionnaire, the BlueHealth Community-Level Survey (BCLS).

BCLS will be performed also on people who use the park as well as on those who do not.  Data collection started in May 2017 and ended in November 2017.

In 2018, the newly developed BlueHealth Decision Support Tool (DST) will be applied, for the first time, in Appia Antica Park.

Image courtesy of Stefania Marcheggiani