Forests and Human Health Jan-16-2013

Selected Publications


Shanley P, Cymerys M, Serra M, and Medina G (eds.) (2011) Fruit trees and useful plants in Amazonian life. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome, Italy

This is No.20 in the non-wood forest product series from the Food and Agriculture Organization. This publication provides extensive information on Amazon fruits and Amazon communities, illustrating how local peoples have adapted to their surroundings to distil vital nutrients, medicines and other products fundamental to their survival; it also shows how scientific information can be presented in an innovative and more inclusive way, one that can be adapted accordingly by other actors worldwide.

Conservation International Foundation (2011) Healthy Families, Healthy Forests – Improving human health and biodiversity conservation. Arlington, USA

This document reviews the population, human health and environment project of Conservation International, United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This document demonstrates how Conservation International, and partners across the world, have worked to improve the daily lives of remote, vulnerable populations living in some of the most biodiversity-rich environments on the planet. This report shows the importance of forests from a different perspective: ‘Forest’ is the very special term for many vulnerable populations on the planet. The report shows that the projects increased human wellbeing, while at the same time conserving vital biodiversity.

Uprety Y, Asselin H, Dhakal A and Julien N (2012) Traditional use of medicinal plants in the boreal forest of Canada: review and perspectives. J. Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine, 8: 7.

The authors concluded that a total of 546 medicinal plant taxa used by the Aboriginal people of the Canadian boreal forest were reported in this reviewed literature, and those plants were used to treat 28 disease and disorder categories. However, the medicinal knowledge of Aboriginal peoples of the western Canadian boreal forest has been given considerably less attention by researchers. The authors suggested that future ethnobotanical research endeavours should focus on documenting the knowledge held by Aboriginal groups. The authors also pointed out that several critical issues need to be addressed regarding the legal, ethical and cultural aspects of the conservation of medicinal plant species and the protection of the associated traditional knowledge.

Siebert SF (2012) The nature and culture of rattan: reflections on vanishing life in the forests of Southeast Asia. Honolulu, Hawaii, University of Hawai’i Press.

Author Siebert brings to life crucial issues in tropical forest conservation and management, including government policies, household livelihood strategies, conflicts between local resource use and Western protected area management approaches, and the value of integrating scientific inquiry with traditional ecological knowledge and practice.

International Society of Nature and Forest Medicine (2012) A completion report of ‘Walking Forest Therapy Roads® with a doctor was published on INFOM’s website

This was a special event in Japan for the Year of Forests. You can see more details at the following site:

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