This sub-theme will include five technical sessions and side events to present evidence from the latest research as well as traditional knowledge on the connections between forests and human health and well-being. We will give voice to forest actors and diverse stakeholders – urban and rural, identify challenges and review innovative solutions.
For policymakers concerned about meeting SDGs on poverty and hunger, inclusive economic growth, conservation, and climate change, forest communities and landscapes are of particular importance. At the same time, forest lands and resources offer significant opportunities for livelihoods and economic growth— including from agriculture, agroforestry, non-timber and timber products, and forest-related ecosystem services—particularly where local people are able to secure and benefit from these resources. Whether living in cities, towns or remote areas, people recognize and benefit from psychological and spiritual functions that forest ecosystems provide to many societies. Relevant examples of these non-tangible benefits include recreation and social harmony in peace parks and forest strips along once contested borders.