Thursday, December 2

San Vicente, among the European cities with the most green spaces


A wooded residential area of ​​San Vicente.

The 62% of the European population live in areas with fewer green spaces than recommended by World Health Organization (WHO). San Vicente del Raspeig, on the other hand, not only reaches the minimum parameter of this recommendation, but almost doubles it and is situated in the first level of the 100 European cities with the most green spaces. This is highlighted by the Department of the Environment, which warns that the WHO establishes that there is a green space of half a hectare less than 300 meters in a straight line from each home.

The research from the Barcelona Institute of Global Health (ISGlobal) center driven by La Caixa Foundation, measures how green a given area is. To do this, it takes into consideration any type of vegetation, from the trees in the streets to the gardens in private properties, which is obtained from satellite images.

From the Environment, he lists that green spaces are associated with various beneficial health effects, including lower premature mortality, longer life expectancy, fewer mental health problems, fewer cardiovascular diseases, better cognitive function and healthier babies.

They also help mitigate air pollution, heat and noise, contribute to CO2 sequestration, and provide opportunities for exercise and social interaction. Furthermore, ISGlobal has also studied the air quality of a total of 858 European cities.

Within the Spanish ranking, San Vicente is also in the group of cities that meet the average levels both fine particles and hydrogen dioxide in micrograms per cubic meter.

Alberto Beviá, Councilor for the Environment, Esquerra Unida, ensures that the results of studies like this encourage us to continue putting into practice urban policies that are more respectful of the quality of life and the environment “I believe that in San Vicente a good job is being done and has been done in this matter. I have been in the Department of the Environment for three years, but, obviously, it has been a long time since the City Council decided to progressively expand green spaces, and that bet that, as I have said is a work of many years, is now bearing fruit ” .

The study ensures that “many times green spaces are not close to where people live, so they do not generate health benefits.” The list of cities with the highest death rates attributable to the lack of green spaces includes cities in Greece, Eastern Europe, the Baltic republics, Italy, as well as most of the continent’s capitals.

From the Environment they explain that “European cities must bet on the recovery of urban areas to convert them into green areas, by solutions based on nature, such as green roofs or vertical gardens, and other measures such as relocating traffic and replacing asphalt with green spaces and corridors, urban trees or small parks. The data and lists related to this study are available on the web www.isglobalranking.org


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