Transboundary green space accessibility

In 2019, an analysis of the accessibility of urban green spaces and non-urban green, i.e., forests, was elaborated for Europe. Using CORINE Land Cover data, the study evaluates the green space accessibility on national level as well as on the level of European regions. Furthermore, based on these findings, it also develops a spatially explicit model of green space supply.

What's it good for?

By supporting planning and management, evaluating the accessibility of green spaces assists in improving green space supply.

Including different types of green spaces or elements of the green infrastructure in such an evaluation, i.e., green spaces as well as forests from within as well as from outside of cities, wants to better depict reality and use of green spaces by citizens, as such uses are rarely aligned with administrative boundaries. This should further support management and planning.

The greater context?

A good green space accessibility is important for physical health and psychological well-being, as visiting green spaces reduces stress and helps to prevent certain diseases. This is of particular importance in dense urban settlements and regions.  

Green areas are also important to adapt to climate change, for example, as they regulate the air temperature.