The megatrends are clear: more and more people living in Europe will be older, living in urban areas and threatened by the effects of climate change. Overall, these megatrends are reflected in increasing costs for the public welfare and healthcare sectors and in increasing risk of stress, social exclusion and marginalisation of vulnerable people.
In response to this, a consortium of research institutes, businesses, and international organisations founded the Green4C project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Green4C responds to the needs of a changing political and social economy, creating opportunities for new careers, fostering nature-based solutions, and empowering marginalised people, through interdisciplinary learning and cross-sectors research-business cooperation.
The project aims at increasing Europe’s innovation capacity among universities and businesses by promoting green and natural approaches to health and social care, focusing on the countries of Italy, Romania, The Netherlands, Ireland and Austria. Over the past few months, the consortium has been working on the selection of the case studies in Green Care. The aim of the work? To create a database of innovative initiatives in Green Care across Europe and around the world. Green4C team published 20 factsheets on the most innovative case studies, 5 for each thematic area: Forest-based Care; Urban Green Care; Social Agriculture; and Green Care Tourism.