IUFRO Task Force on Forests and Human Health (2007-2011)


IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations)[1] will launch this year a new IUFRO Task Force on Forests and Human Health. The coordinator of the Task Force is Professor Hannu Raitio, the Director General of the Finnish Forest Research Institute, Metla[2].


The main purpose of the Task Force on Forests and Human Health is to increase and enhance the dialogue between the various actors in this field, such as scientists from different disciplines (e.g. health, forestry, environment, social sciences), policy-makers, implementing agencies and other stakeholders.


Cross-sectoral co-operation, especially between forest and health professionals, is planned. The Task Force will bring a global perspective to the activities carried out at the European level[3].


The Task Force will cover the effects of forests and trees on mental and physical health as well as the health-related forest products. Accordingly, the Task Force will have two priority areas linked with forests and trees: 1) Food and medicinal products, and 2) Mental and physical health and well-being.

We are now looking for the best possible contributors to the Task Force. To indicate your interest, please fill in the form:


      Form for Expressions of Interest 


The kick-off meeting of the Task Force will be held in connection with IUFRO Division VI Symposium, 14-20 August, in Finland nuoli programme. In the symposium, there will also be a session on Human Health and Forests.


IUFRO does not cover the costs for travel and activities. However, later on, funding for the Task Force activities will be applied from international sources.


Coordinator of the Task Force

Professor Hannu Raitio
Director General
Finnish Forest Research Institute, Metla


¹ IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists. (www.iufro.org)

² Finnish Forest Research Institute, Metla, is a governmental non-profit research organisation. It is the main forest research organisation in Finland and one of the biggest forest research organisations in Europe. (www.metla.fi)

³  COST Action E39 on Forests and Human Health operates at the European level. This European network ends in 2008. (www.e39.ee/en/)

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