Biodiversity in a particular region or locality is linked to the greater mental well-being of the human beings who inhabit that place. This is the interesting conclusion reached by a new study conducted by researchers from the German Center for Integrative Research on Biodiversity (iDiv), of the University
The researchers analyzed data from nearly 15,000 families for a total of about 30,000 people. They found that in those regions where there is greater diversity in birds and plants lived people with better mental health. The first author of the study, Joel Methorst, now a researcher at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, also clearly states: “A person who lives in a region with many different species of plants and birds feels, in general, mentally better than a person living in regions with less diversity of species ”.
The same study then confirmed the relationship between better mental health and living in those places where there are more green spaces, something already confirmed by many other studies. However, no links were found between better physical health and greater diversity of animal and plant species.
Although the researchers did not find causal links between the link between a greater number of animal and plant species and better mental health, these data «show that the conservation of nature can, in fact, be understood as a means of promoting human health ”, as reported by Katrin Rehdanz, professor at CAU and senior author of the study published in Landscape and Urban Planning.