Forests and Human Health June-20-2012


In this issue, we aim to introduce a few examples of recent research activities related to forests and human health, recreation and well-being in different parts of the world, and at the same time emphasize the role of international collaboration and networking between experts in this area.

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Nature-based recreation monitoring in Finland

Nature-based recreation monitoring studies offer knowledge-based possibilities to assess health benefits gained from forests

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A Note from a laboratory of healthy landscape and healthy people in Taiwan

The number of people seeking nature-based recreation opportunities and green-related lifestyles is increasing in Taiwan, as it is throughout the world. Evidence from various experiments, surveys, and literature shows that natural environments are important, not just for wildlife, but also for human health and wellbeing. After more than 15 years of studying how natural landscape provides ecological services in terms of its configuration and composition, my group and I have worked together on ways of realizing beneficial encounters with natural landscapes and now have an interest in proposing a Healthy Landscape Healthy People conceptual framework.

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A restoration-enhancing forest trail in Finland

Finland’s and probably the whole world’s first wellbeing-themed forest trail with mood restoration-enhancing exercises was opened at Ikaalinen Spa in May 2010.

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Joint project on the stress-reducing qualities of urban green areas

Stress control has become a significant problem in urbanized countries, with an increasing number of studies proving that chronic stress severely affects human physical and mental health. This problem consequently levies financial burdens on societies; according to OECD reports in 2008 and 2011, mental health problems are widespread in OECD countries and incur costs accounting for 3-4% of the gross domestic product in the European Union. There is a strong need to develop a means of coping with everyday stress.

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