The Horizon2020 project BlueHealth has launched the BlueHealth toolbox. The resource helps to collect evidence that enhances the design and planning of urban blue spaces to promote public health. 

Access to quality blue spaces is increasingly recognised as a way to benefit people’s health and well-being. This online resource is designed to support an evidence-based approach to designing, planning and managing sustainable blue spaces while promoting health and well-being.

Six novel tools

The toolbox incorporates six novel tools that work at different spatial scales to collect social and environmental data that can be used in designing, planning and maintaining urban blue spaces that benefit citizens’ mental and physical health. It features descriptions of the six component tools, including the BEAT, DST, BBAT, BCLS, SoftGIS and International Survey, provides guidance for their practical application, and links to key methods, surveys and software.