Celebrate the International Day of Forests of 2023 joining the innovation masterclass “From Trees to Wellness: How Forests Benefit Our Mind and Body” organised by FAO Silva Mediterranea’s Mediterranean Youth Task Force (MYTF) in collaboration with the World Food Forum.
Given that theme of the 2023 Day of Forest is forests and health, this masterclass will focus on highlighting Forest Therapy’s relevance in mental health and the impact of forest-based well-being practices on human health.
In today’s highly mechanized, sophisticated, and stressful world, it is important to recognize the value of forest therapy as a restorative and therapeutic tool. The session will begin with a presentation on forests and health by the keynote speaker, Professor Laura Secco (who was also a speaker at the EFI Mediterranean Network Forum), and it will be followed by the presentation of two young researchers, Dr. Aynur Mammadova post-doctoral researcher and Aisling Sealy Phelan, phD student from University of Padova.
Aisling Sealy Phelan is a Ph.D. candidate in her first year of the Land, Environment, Resources and Health programme at the TESAF Department of the University of Padova, co-funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Her research focuses on the economic valuation of the health and well-being benefits from natural and forest landscapes.
Aynur Mammadova is a researcher at the TESAF Department of the University of Padova exploring the topics of socio-ecological systems and systemic solutions to societal challenges. She holds a Doctoral degree from the University of Padova in Land, Environment, Resources and Health (LERH) Programme.