Townsend, M., 2005, Pathways to health through Australian woodlands and forests: signposts from recent research and practice, in: Gallis, C.T., ‘Forests, trees, and human health and well-being’, Siokis, Thessaloniki
- Author : Townsend, M.
- Year : 2005
- Published in Book : Forests, trees, and human health and well-being
- Pages : 49-67
- Abstract in English : Health is inherently ecological and the natural environment plays a crucial role in human health and well being. Yet we do not necessarily design, manage or market such areas in ways that acknowledge this link. This paper draws on recent research by a Deakin University team exploring the links between use and involvement in the maintenance of forests/woodlands and health and well being outcomes. This paper draws on the findings of four of those projects which focus on forests pr woodlands, as well as on other Australian research. A wealth of literature and all of the studies undertaken indicate that contact with nature is beneficial for human health and well being. People become more physically active and more socially engaged, both of which are key determinants of health. But while these findings, together with those of other researchers offer a signpost to new directions in public health and environmental policy, it is a signpost not seen or recognized by many decision makers. Consequently, the shared pathway to health and sustainability remains largely unused.
- Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: Urban forestry, health, well being, case studies.