Urban Green Spaces in Brazil: Challenges and Opportunities in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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dc.contributor.authorda Silva, Romero Gomes Pereira
dc.contributor.authorLima, Cláudia Lins
dc.contributor.authorQuinn, Sterling D.
dc.contributor.authorAfelt, Aneta
dc.contributor.authorLaques, Anne-Elisabeth
dc.contributor.authorSaito, Carlos Hiroo
dc.contributor.organizationCenter for Sustainable Development, University of Brasilia, Brazilen
dc.contributor.organizationDepartment of Geography, Institute of Humanities, University of Brasilia, Brazilen
dc.contributor.organizationDepartment of Geography, Central Washington University, USAen
dc.contributor.organizationInterdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsawen
dc.contributor.organizationIRD – Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Franceen
dc.description.abstractDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, urban green spaces were considered less prone to contagion, and thus people adopted them as alternative sites for improving mental health. The One Health concept advocated by health organizations worldwide supports the idea that the well-being of urban residents is strongly linked with physical activity in green areas. As the world grapples with the physical and mental health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, it becomes clearer that access to urban green spaces is a human rights issue. This study compared previously-mapped urban green spaces in five metropolitan regions in Brazil with the results of an extensive survey of municipal managers concerning possible increase in demand of population for green spaces. Urban green spaces of over 625 m2 were mapped in 117 municipalities, the total area of 4170 km2 representing 37.4% of the urban spaces analyzed in the five metropolitan regions. Out of these 117 municipalities, 49 had data available concerning demands of green spaces in the pandemic context. Overall, 20 municipalities (representing all five metropolitan regions) stated that there was an increase in visitation in urban green spaces, and 13 more indirectly suggested possible demands. When sustainability transitions are understood as geographical processes that happen in concrete places, urban green spaces then represent real locations where sustainable transitions can begin. The unequal distribution of these spaces also brings into consideration a social justice perspective, as well as aspects of public health that involve climate change resilience and epidemiological risk (SDG 11).en
dc.identifier.citationda Silva, R. G. P., Lima, C. L., Quinn, S. D., Afelt, A., Laques, A.-E., & Saito, C. H. (2023). Urban Green Spaces in Brazil: Challenges and Opportunities in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Studia Ecologiae Et Bioethicae. https://doi.org/10.21697/seb.2023.06en
dc.publisherWydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiegoen
dc.rightsAttribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 Międzynarodowe*
dc.subjectgreen spacesen
dc.subjectsocial justiceen
dc.subjectsustainable transitionen
dc.subjectOne healthen
dc.subjectSDG 11en
dc.subjecturban green spaceen
dc.subjecthuman well-beingen
dc.subjecttereny zielonepl
dc.subjectsprawiedliwość społecznapl
dc.subjectzrównoważona transformacjapl
dc.subjectOne Healthpl
dc.subjectSDG 11pl
dc.titleUrban Green Spaces in Brazil: Challenges and Opportunities in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemicen
dc.title.alternativeMiejskie tereny zielone w Brazylii: wyzwania i szanse w kontekście pandemii COVID - 19pl
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