Why RECETAS in Marseille?

A city where social and economic issues are well known:


of people in France struggle with mental health problems (1)


of people suffering isolation in France (2)

people living in deprived areas among (3)

Mental health disorders and isolation affect a significant part of the population…


of the population living in poverty (4)

people in an emergency homeless situation (5)

But the city has a great potential for Nature-Based Social Prescribing!

hectares of natural spaces (6)

of coastline (7)

squares, parks and gardens (8)

1) Source: INSEE
2) Source: projet ASSAB
3) Source: INSEE – Données infra communales RP 2013
4) Source: « Psychiatrie : l’état d’urgence », Marion Leboyer, Pierre-Michel Llorca, éd. Fayard.Source:
5) Source: Fondation de France
6, 7, 8) Source: Ville de Marseille

How will NBSPs be tested?

Based on the local mapping of actions and actors carried out by AViTeM, AP-HM will adapt the objectives of RECETAS to Marseille’s socio-sanitary context in order to co-create a panel of NBSPs.
In Marseille, the intervention will target people who live in the deprived districts that are strongly marked by indicators of social disadvantage.
How will actions be implemented in Marseille ?

We will encourage volunteer involvement by cocreating NBSPs based on the needs and priorities they have identified.

We will organize qualitative evaluations (via interviews and focus groups) throughout the intervention, and quantitative data will be collected according to a specific schedule (post-intervention, at 6 month follow up, at the end of a maintenance phase and at 12 month follow up).

→ Evaluation indicators will be selected with the target groups and professionals to assess the impact of the intervention on mental well-being, participation and sense of belonging, for example

For the next phase, we will design the intervention: an action model will be developed with the partners.

Participants will meet each week (of a total of twelve) to engage in activities of their choosing, which will be based on the sharing of moments outdoors in green and/or blue spaces. They will be full actors and organizers of their project.

Example of good practices

*Managed by the Cité de l’Agriculture, the Capri Farm aims to offer a preserved natural space for walking, playing, meeting people and social mixing. Visitors are made aware of the workings of agricultural production and of eating well.
More information.

The Health Sport House « Provence en Forme » aims to raise awareness and provide information on the practice of sports activities for health and well-being. It brings together several associations that offer, among other things, group outdoor activities (hiking, diving, etc.).

About Marseille

Marseille is located in south east France, on the Mediterranean coast. Founded in antiquity by Greek sailors and merchants from Phocaea, it is the second largest city in France. Marseille’s openness to the Mediterranean Sea has made it a cosmopolitan city from the outset, marked by numerous cultural and economic exchanges with Southern Europe, the Near East and North Africa. Despite the strong commerce sector with the 1st French port, the city still struggles with deep social inequalities and an economic divide between the south of the city and the northern districts.

City population

860 000

Population density


City SDG index


Subjective well-being ranking

#21 (2020)

Average Temperature


Köppen classification

Mediterranean Climate (Csa)

Get in touch

Are you an organization based in Marseille and dealing with these topics? Do you want to share your experience ? Are you interested in getting involved in RECETAS activities?
Contact us !

Stéphanie Gentile
Professeur of Public Health and hospital practitioner specialized in the fields of life quality and health systems

Alexandre Daguzan
Social Health Psychologist, hospital engineer and PhD student in Social Psychology

Lucie Cattaneo
Project manager and Social Health Psychologist

Arthur Vaugeois
Project manager
+33 7 84 95 57 58


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