Green4C won the Post Covid-19 City Innovative Thinker Fellowships

How do we design post-COVID-19 cities that enrich nature? In January 2021, the Belmont Forum funded international research–innovation consortium, IFWEN, launched The Post COVID-19 City Challenge in collaboration with Bob Hendrikx and MIT’s Pandemic Response Colab team, to answer this question. Now the challenge has ended and our idea was selected! What will our cities …

EU Blueprint on Green Care

A key document for setting the scene in Green Care innovation and entrepreneurship, and for providing recommendations on the use of green spaces for health, wellbeing and social inclusion! Human societies, economies and cultures are embedded in nature and depend on nature for their sustenance and well-being. Negative changes in environmental conditions (e.g., loss of …

Green Care as important opportunity for diversification in Austria

With an increasing public interest in green care, publicly funded platforms such as Green Care – Where people flourish, and Green Care FOREST foster the implementation of innovative ideas while preserving traditional values of Austrian small-scale agriculture and forest management. Nature is a strong component of the Austrian identity. A survey conducted by the Austrian …

European survey on the markets of Forest-Based Care and Green Care Tourism

Our project aims at increasing Europe’s innovation capacity to promote green and natural approaches to health and social care. If you are involved in a forest-based care or green care tourism initiative, then take the survey to help understand the green care market. We recently launched an open survey for two of our thematic sectors: …

Natural environments as protective factors for mental health: the case of Social Agriculture

A reflection on the Italian scenario written by our experts from the Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italian National Institute of Health or ISS) In its formal Action Plan focusing on mental health (Mental Health Action Plan 2013-2020), the Word Health Organization (WHO) has clearly indicated that, at the world level, health systems have not been …

Green Care in Ireland

With the growing concern for Ireland’s progress regarding environmental sustainability, new inter-departmental research projects emerge that aim to contribute to a greener, more connected country. The island of Ireland has always had a very ‘green’ reputation. Green pastures, lush green landscapes and an array of coastlines. However, when it comes to Ireland’s reputation regarding sustainability …

Nature and mental health: new initiatives in British Columbia, Canada

Nature can be a place for mental restoration and inspiration. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have turned to nature for support in coping with isolation, stress, and uncertainty. Our experience in nature can be restorative and therapeutic. Being in nature can be purposeless, helping us to let go of inner stress and let us …

Forest Care Initiatives in Italy: a novel research framework

An online dialogue with Ilaria Doimo about her lastest article “Disentangling the Diversity of Forest Care Initiatives: a novel research framework applied to the Italian context” Ilaria Doimo is a PhD candidate in Forest Policy and Economics at the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry TESAF (University of Padova). Her PhD research project focuses …

The changing use and needs of natural spaces during Covid

Help us to investigate the changing use and needs of natural spaces for children and their guardians and caregivers during a pandemic by filling in this questionnaire During the first wave of COVID-19 and the resulting lockdown measures, a number of Green4C’s partners came together having noticed a continuously growing sentiment; the laments of parents, …