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 SDG index
Subjective well-being ranking
Mediterranean Climate (Csa)
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)
4) Source: « Psychiatrie : l’état d’urgence », Marion Leboyer, Pierre-Michel Llorca, éd. Fayard.Source:
5) Source: Fondation de France
… 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)
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.
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.).
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 !
81-83 Boulevard de Dunkerque
13217 Marseille Cedex 02