The Green4C focuses on the following four Thematic Areas:
We use ‘forest’ as an umbrella term that covers many different forms of landscapes across countries (including plantations, natural forests, semi-natural forests, etc.). By “Forest-based Care” we indicate all Green Care activities, ranging from health promotion to health intervention, that take place inside a forest such as, for example, forest bathing, green exercise initiatives and forest therapy.
Urban Green Care
Urban areas contain green spaces or green infrastructure, that can also be connected to grey infrastructure. Urban green spaces include, for example: public green areas such as gardens, zoos, parks, castle parks and community gardens. Green Care activities are also carried out in urban areas, some of these activities include: community food-growing and gardening, green exercise and other physical activity and horticulture therapy, also contributing to recovery from stress and attention fatigue, and facilitation of social contact.
Social agriculture is defined as an innovative, inclusive, participatory and generative model of agricultural practices that deliver recreational, educational and assistance services. It aims at the social and labor inclusion of disadvantaged people. Some social agriculture activities in the context of Green Care include; rehabilitation, therapy, sheltered employment, educational and care activities that contribute to social inclusion in agricultural settings.
Green Care Tourism
Natural and semi-natural areas can also be well suited to the creation of tourism products that aim at enhancing the health and well-being of residents as well as visitors through self-organised and organised services and activities. Some examples of activities that exist in this area include health and wellness tourism.
The Green4C is a three – year long project (2020-2022), co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, structured into the following Working Packages: