A report on the health benefits in the community of Derry, Ireland (population ~230,000) estimates that over $1.3 billion USD in physical and mental health health benefits over the next generation related to community green spaces. The report provides and excellent community assessment of the health benefits of nature for a population. Link to original article in Derry Now.
The report describes the natural capital of region – the estimated economic benefits of green and blue spaces.
The report estimated that every $1 invested in greenspaces provides a return of $22 to society. Greenspaces provide approximately $1000 benefit per community resident.
Estimated value of greenspaces:
- Total health benefits of greenspaces = ~$100 million USD
- Mental health benefits = $65 million USD
- Physical health benefits = $35 million USD