Research Sites


Characteristics of the NATURELAB Experimental Sites and Demonstrator Fellows

The project research activities will be developed and implemented in a total of 15 Experimental Sites (ES) and 4 Demonstrator Fellows (DF) that were established in coastal urban and rural settings, in Portugal, Greece, the Netherlands, Germany, and Peru. The geographic location of the places was chosen to represent diverse climate and geographic settings and socio-cultural conditions. This approach can provide an understanding of a wide range of contexts, such as geographical locations, population density, types of natural areas, key stakeholders, and communities, ensuring the soundness and robustness of the project results and their impact.

NATURELAB partners, Experimental Sites and Demonstrator Fellows

NATURELAB established a framework of nature and activities that are more likely to be used by urban populations and have a high potential to support health and well-being. These three categories are: 

i) forests and protected areas;

ii) urban parks;

iii) indoor and outdoor horticultural and gardening activities.

Categories ii) and iii) are more likely to be used all year round, several times a week, and therefore are much more relevant, even though not having the same potential as a huge nature system.

 NATURELAB nature areas and main actions at ES and DF

The participants to be engaged in the ES include several types of populations, of all ages, and individuals with significant health issues, including mental disorders, depression and hypertension in varied socio-demographic scenarios. Through NATURELAB, city managers, decision-makers, healthcare, social and educational sectors, green space designers and managers as well as nature protection organisations will be empowered with relevant information.