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World Series Vol. 41 - Forests and Trees for Human Health: Pathways, Impacts, Challenges and Response Options

This comprehensive report presents the outcomes of the 8th scientific assessment undertaken in the framework of the Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) initiative.

Forests and Trees for Human Health: Pathways, Impacts, Challenges and Response Options. A Global Assessment Report

Editors: Cecil Konijnendijk, Dikshya Devkota, Stephanie Mansourian and Christoph Wildburger

IUFRO World Series Volume 41. Vienna. 232 p.

ISBN 978-3-903345-20-1
ISSN 1016-3263

Published by:
International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), 2023

For download:

Report (high resolution)
Report (low resolution)

Policy Brief (high resolution)
Policy Brief (low resolution)

The Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Human Health chaired by Cecil Konijnendijk, prepared a scientific assessment report and an accompanying policy brief launched on 21 March 2023, International Day of Forests.

A total of 44 scientists and experts have contributed to this peer-reviewed assessment, with a core Expert Panel of 16 scientists with diverse expertise, including forestry, ecology, landscape design, psychology, medicine, epidemiology and public health.

The primary global policy context for this assessment is shaped by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report specifically highlights the nexus between SDG 3 on good health and well-being and SDG 15 on life on land, as well as relevant links to other SDGs.

Report and policy brief available at:

Press release "Forests Reduce Health Risks, New Global Report Confirms” available at: English

Pressemitteilung: “IUFRO-Forschungsbericht untermauert den gesundheitlichen Nutzen von Wäldern und Bäumen für den Menschen weltweit”: Deutsch

Link to recorded launch webinar:

About GFEP:

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