Publications and references


Newsletter 2/2014, December 2014

Newsletter 1/2014, December 2013

Newsletter 2/2013, December 2013

Newsletter 1/2013, June 2013

Newsletter 2/2012, January 2013

Newsletter 1/2012, June 2012 

Newsletter 2/2011, January 2012: Forest food, herbs and human health

Newsletter 1/2011, September 2011: From Forest to Pharmacy

Newsletter 1/2009, July 2009: Health Impact Assessment in forest-related projects


Colfer, C. (ed). 2008. Human Health and Forests. A Global Overview of Issues, Practice and Policy. People and Plants International. Conservation Series. In cooperation with CIFOR, Center for Int’l Forestry Research, in Bogor, Indonesia.

Other Task Force publications

TF Poster

Click here to download the poster presented at the 2007 COST E39 conference (file size 3 MB, PDF)

Steering Committee Meetings

Related literature

1. Bibliographies:

  • Maller, C., Townsend, M., Brown, P., Leger, L. St. 2002. Healthy Parks Healthy People. The Health Benefits of Contact with Nature in a Park Context. An Annotated Bibliography. Social and Mental Health Priority Area. Volume Two. Occasional paper series. Report to Parks Victoria and the International Park Strategic Partners Group. (pdf)

2. Reviews:

  • The Second advisory report on Nature and Health for the Dutch government. 2007. English Summary (pdf)
  • Nilsson, K., Baines, C. & Konijnendijk, C.C. (eds.). 2007. Final report of the COST Strategic Workshop on Health and the Natural Outdoors. (pdf)
        * A COST Strategic Workshop was held in April 2007 in Larnaca, Cyprus. Its purpose was to identify the extent of knowledge in this field and the implications for policy and for future research. The Workshop found that nature-based approaches can contribute significantly to health objectives in Europe.
  • O’Brien, L. 2005. Trees and woodlands: Nature's health service. UK Forest Research. (pdf)
        * Information and evidence supporting the use and enjoyment of woodlands and green spaces to improve people’s overall health and well-being.
  • Tabbush, P. & O’Brien, L. 2003. Health and well-being: Trees, Woodlands and Natural Spaces. UK Forest Research. (pdf)
        * Summary of expert consultations on the connections between woodlands and the natural environment and public health and well-being held in England,Scotland and Wales during 2002

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