Forest Scientists, Colleagues,
Urbanization and modern lifestyle changes have diminished possibilities for
human contact with nature in many societies. At the same time, many
societies today face increasing incidence of poor physical and mental health
associated with chronic stress, insufficient physical activity and exposure
to anthropogenic environmental hazards that cannot be addressed by medicine
and technology alone.
Contributing factors include increasingly sedentary occupations and
lifestyles, increasing levels of mental stress related to urban living and
contemporary work practices, and hazardous urban environmental conditions
such as noise, heat stress, and air-pollution. They contribute not only to
public health problems and increased expenditures for health care systems,
but also lower productivity at work, increased work absenteeism, and other
Natural elements and spaces such as trees, forests, urban and peri-urban
forests, urban parks, gardens and green spaces have been seen as providing
opportunities to ameliorate such trends. There is a growing body of evidence
on positive relations between exposure to such natural environments and
diverse human health indicators. One key message emerging is that contact
with nature improves psychological health by reducing pre-existing stress
levels, enhancing mood, enabling the recovery of cognitive abilities like
directed attention, and in other ways supporting restorative processes and
protecting them from the effects of future stressors.
All this will be discussed at the World Conference on "Forests for Public
Health", Athens, Greece, 8-11 May 2019, https://fph2019.org/!
Don't miss the early-bird registration, https://fph2019.org/registration/,
which is open until 30 October!
posted by Brigitte Burger, IUFRO Headquarters, on behalf of:
Dr. Christos Gallis,
President of the Organizing and Scientific Committee, and
Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO 6.00.00 - Forest, trees and human health and