The 2011 “Global Environmental Change & Human Health: Healthy Forests for Life” symposium aims to advance research on the forest/health nexus, promote multidisciplinary approaches and facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue.
From 19 to 21 September, in Verbania, Lake Maggiore, Italy, UNU-INWEH, together with the Italian National Research Council (CNR) Institute of Ecosystem Study (CNR-ISE) and the Water Research Institute([CNR-IRSA) will organize the 2011 Global Environmental Change & Human Health (GECHH) Symposium on “Healthy Forests for Life”.
Across the globe, forests and trees provide essential goods and services that are crucial to human health. Forests offer food, shelter and medicinal compounds and provide a range of other ecological and cultural services, such as water regime regulation, natural pest control and psychological rehabilitation. However, global environmental change is jeopardizing these goods and services, as shown, for instance, by studies on the linkages between deforestation and infectious diseases. Further multidisciplinary research is required to understand the complex links between forests and human health in our changing contemporary environment, in order to protect both human and forest health.
Celebrating the International Year of Forests and the first year of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (2011–2020), the 2011 “GECHH: Healthy Forests for Life” symposium will provide a unique opportunity to catalyse multi-stakeholder dialogue across diverse disciplines and optimize international research on the forest/health nexus.
For further information, visit the event page on the UNU-INWEH website.