'Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable' (UN). RIVM works in various ways to make cities healthier and improve urban quality of life. We are also monitoring air quality and working on solutions to reduce air pollution. RIVM also addresses the role of water and green spaces in relation to health and well-being in growing urban areas in the Netherlands and Europe. In doing so, we contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 11.
How can we use green spaces and water as heat buffers in a changing climate? And how do green spaces (lawns, parks, green playgrounds) in an urban environment affect human health? Do they inspire people to get more exercise? Does it reduce stress and improve health? And where do health professionals rank green spaces in terms of importance for promoting human health? RIVM researches the potential positive effects that green spaces can have on human health. RIVM is also a partner in the development of 70 Healthy School Courtyards.
RIVM strives to improve urban health and quality of life by addressing the role of soil, water and green spaces in relation to health and well-being in cities in the Netherlands and Europe. We are involved in Horizon2020 projects INHERIT and BlueHealth.
We monitor air quality and work on solutions to reduce air pollution, also on national and international level.