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Posted 11 months ago
From Australian national park visits they demonstrate huge monetary value for mental health.
Science for the Environment Policy issue 545: Protected areas provide mental health benefits worth US$6 (€5.55) trillion globally
"The study analysed three methods to determine the economic health benefit of visiting protected areas: • Quality-adjusted life years or QALY (a measure of health combining the duration of life and its degradation by disease or death, e.g. a year of perfect health has a QALY of 1.0); • two-step transfer functions (the ratio of the output of a system to the input of a system) based on measures of protected-area use and psychological health and the cost components of each measure associated with poor mental health; • direct correlations with costable parameters (the same approach as the two-step method without the intermediate psychological health component). These parameters correlated with park use to include events such as absenteeism from work or visits to mental health clinicians. ...
Using a conservative estimate of a change in PWI of 2.5%, US$/QALY=$200,000 (€184 857) and the Australian population of 20 million, the annual health services provided by Australia’s national parks is around US$100 (€92) billion. ... It should be noted that economic benefits were only costed in terms of savings that could be made on health service spending on treating mental ill-health. The positive contribution from factors such as improved workforce capacity or reduced demand for social security was not taken into account6 , 7 .
Such estimates are sufficient to become a powerful new tool in global conservation. Governments, policymakers and health insurers have not historically included such valuations in financing for conservation or health, but the researchers suggest it should be quantified and considered in future policy decisions."