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Reconnecting with nature
The congress aims to update and advance applied research and best-practice implementation regarding the potential of forests to provide human societies with health and wellbeing. It oers a meeting platform for knowledge and experience sharing between professionals, organizations and entrepreneurs from all around the world working on forest therapy, or interested in its development.
In this regard, we have the honor of having the following confirmed speakers and institutions:
- Dr. Martí Boada, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (ICTA-UAB). Scientific adviser to UNESCO, and president of honor of the Technical and Scientific Commission of the congress (Catalonia-Spain)
- Dr. Hiroko Ochiai, National Tokyo Medical Center, in representation of the “International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine – INFOM” (Japan)
- Dr. Won Sop Shin, professor of social forestry at the Chungbuk National University (South Korea)
- Dr. Horst Klinkmann, senior consultant and ambassador of health economy of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Germany)
- Ms. Susan V. Joachim and Dr. Dieter Kotte, respectively president and secretary/international strategic advisor of the “International Nature and Forest Therapy Alliance – INFTA)” (Australia).
- Mr. Amos Clifford, founder of the ’“Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Guides and Programs – ANFT” (USA).
One of the main objectives of the congress is to set the founding stones for an international cooperation framework that works towards the harmonisation of applied quality and certication standards, learning from existing therapeutical forest networks and initiatives around the globe.
The event will end with a proclamation on the need to preserve natural forests as suppliers of health and wellbeing for societies.
Individuals and organizations interested in improving their knowledge and capacity to conserve and value nature in general, and high-ecological-value forests in particular; those developing their activities in natural forested areas; public and private forest owners; professionals, decision-makers, technicians and researchers working on health, wellbeing, the environment, and forestry; postgraduate and master’s degrees students, and doctoral candidates in these elds.
The ocial languages of the congress will be Catalan, Spanish and English.
Welcome by the President of Sèlvans
The goods and services provided by nature are vital to our economic and social development. Our health and wellbeing depend to a large extent on the natural environment with which we interact. These indispensable benefits, which we call ecosystem services, come mostly from the forests, which ultimately constitute our ancestral environment, our homeland.
Sèlvans works hard to safeguard the most valuable forests, the most mature ones, which contain ancient trees and retain a more complete natural structure. Our aim is to form a wide network of high conservation value forests, with some sectors assigned to free natural dynamics and others subjected to minimal intervention so as to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity.
Within this basic framework, there is a subset of therapeutic forests, which includes accessible sites with certain facilities, thus combining therapy with the preservation of our natural heritage. A woodland infrastructure to help us reconnect with nature that complements urban green zones and creates a remarkably high-quality range of health and wellbeing services throughout the region.
We would like to encourage you to take part in this Congress, to join us in the challenge of learning how to preserve and restore a healthier and more natural environment. Because, when all is said and done, that is what society needs.
A summary of Sèlvans’ participation in the first two editions of the Congress on Forest and its Potential for Health
In September 2017, the German Land of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern hosted the first International Congress on Forest and its Potential for Health, in the town of Heringsdorf, in northeast Germany. The event was organised by the Land’s Association of Spas and the regional government, with
the participation of its Ministries of Agriculture and the Environment, and of Economy, Labour and Health. This reflected their clear commitment to the future and the collaboration between the government and regional and local actors, which as of 2013 follow what they consider to be a
key approach to the field of health economy.
Within the framework of the Congress, the certification of the first therapeutic forest in Europe was formalised and officially announced
by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environment of the Land, in accordance with the application of paragraph 22 of the Forest Law
of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (2011), setting out the foundations.
The II International Congress on the subject was held in November 2018 in Austria, sponsored by the University of Krems an der Donau
in the town of the same name. The most noteworthy fact was that the Congress laid the foundations and commitment for creating the
International Society of Forest Therapy, of which Sèlvans is a founding member.
News related to the congress
While we finish configuring the program, we announce serveral confirmed speakers!
Coming back from the 2n International Congress on “Forests and its Potential for Health”, with important news.
The Congress took place at the austrian municipality of Krems and der Donau between November 6th and November 7th, and saw the birth of the International Society of Forest Therapy. In 2019 Sèlvans will organize the 3rd Congress in Catalonia.