Cost Action E39 Trees, Forests and Human Health and Wellbeing

Traditional medical and public health approaches to illness and health have been one of the successes of modern science. However European society today is faced with increasing incidences of poor health, related to modern lifestyles, that cannot be addressed by medicine alone. Contributing factors have been identified as an increasingly sedentary population, increasing levels of mental stress related to urban living and contemporary work practices, and hazardous environments e.g. air pollution. Natural spaces and natural elements such as forests and trees have been seen as providing opportunities to ameliorate such trends.

The main objective of the Action is to increase the knowledge about the contribution that forests, trees and natural places make, and might make, to the health and wellbeing of people in Europe. The benefit will be a better understanding and improved description and evaluation of processes and pathways linking forests to human health and well being.

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  • Project start : 0000
  • Project end : 2008
  • Contact Person : Simon Bell
  • Funding Agency : EU COST Programme
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