Urban Forest Landscapes and Forest Therapy

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Urban Forestry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 1210

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Institute for Renewable Energy, EURAC Research, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
Interests: urban forestry; ecosystem services; ecological modeling; tree ecophysiology
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Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), 38123 Trento, Italy
Interests: sustainable forest management; ecosystem services; stakeholder analysis; public participation in natural resources management
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue delves into the relationships among urban forest landscapes, their ecosystem services, and the therapeutic effects of trees and woodlands on the well-being of citizens. As urbanization continues to reshape our environment, urban and peri-urban forests play a crucial role in mitigating negative impacts by improving air and soil quality, regulating temperatures and the hydrological cycle, promoting urban biodiversity, and providing recreational spaces for residents.

Furthermore, urban forests positively impact mental and physical well-being, as the presence of green spaces and activities such as "forest bathing" often represent, especially for disadvantaged citizens, the sole opportunity for contact with nature. The biophysical assessment, economic evaluation, and potential for environmental justice through the ecosystem services provided by urban forest landscapes, including the enhancement of psychophysical well-being through forest therapy and forest bathing, and the perception and awareness of the benefits offered by trees in cities, are the focal points of this Special Issue.

The goal is to offer a collection of interdisciplinary studies contributing to a deeper understanding of how urban forest landscapes contribute to urban populations’ well-being and quality of life, comparing this to remote forest environments. Fostering the integration of urban and peri-urban forests into heavily urbanized environments and ensuring their ecological connection with surrounding forests aims to ensure greater environmental justice and improve citizens' quality of life, promoting continuous contact with nature through direct exposure to green environments.

Dr. Rocco Pace
Dr. Francesco Meneguzzo
Dr. Alessandro Paletto
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Keywords

  • ecosystem services
  • forest bathing
  • environmental justice
  • forest medicine
  • human well-being

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The Economic Value of Forest Bathing: An Example Case of the Italian Alps
by Alessandro Paletto, Sandra Notaro, Carlotta Sergiacomi and Francesca Di Mascio
Forests 2024, 15(3), 543; https://doi.org/10.3390/f15030543 - 15 Mar 2024
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In the mid-1980s, forest bathing was established in Japan to improve citizens’ physical and mental health. In the literature, many studies have investigated the role of forest bathing in decreasing people’s stress and anxiety as well as in reducing hypertension and coronary artery [...] Read more.
In the mid-1980s, forest bathing was established in Japan to improve citizens’ physical and mental health. In the literature, many studies have investigated the role of forest bathing in decreasing people’s stress and anxiety as well as in reducing hypertension and coronary artery disease. Forest bathing is also a practice with important social and economic implications at a local level. This study investigated the economic value of forest bathing in a case study in northern Italy (i.e., the Parco del Respiro, in Trentino-Alto Adige) using the Zonal Travel Cost Method. To achieve this aim, 243 forest bathers in the study area were interviewed in the summer of 2022. The findings highlighted that an actively managed forest with an average–low amount of deadwood and clean open areas is the scenario preferred by participants. In addition, the results of the Zonal Travel Cost Method showed a relevant annual consumer surplus of EUR 8700 for the forest bathing activity in the study area, corresponding to EUR 35.80 per visit per person. Full article
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