III International Congress

On forest and its potential for health

7-10 OCTOBER 2019
Girona & the Garrotxa Region

Reconnecting with Nature


People taking care of forests,
forests taking care of people.

A pilot network of 11 cure forests has been set up in Catalonia.


More than 20 therapeutic forests are expected to be available by 2021.


We've had 40 presentations, 9 moderations, and 12 institutional speeches.


Forest cover in Catalonia, with an extraordinary diversity of woodland types.

III International Congress on Forest and its Potential for Health

The Congress was aimed at people and organisations interested in broadening their knowledge and capacity to conserve and appreciate nature in general, and particularly ecologically valuable forests; those carrying out activities in the natural environment; the owners of public and private forests; professionals, managers, technical and research staff working in the health sciences, wellness, the environment and forest management; postgraduate, master's and doctoral students studying these subjects.


It has helped to update the scientific evidence from biomedical research into the physiological and psychological benefits of spending time in the forest.
It has provided a meeting place for the exchange of knowledge and experiences from around the world regarding the use and recognition of these forest ecosystem services.
It has fostered a participative dynamic that has allowed different situations to be compared when setting up a therapeutic forest route.
It has consolidated and formalised international cooperation among all the therapeutic forest networks on the world’s different continents.
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Wrap-up video and PROCLAIM of the congress

30–Oct, 2019

While we continue to bring you the outcomes of the congress, we present to you a brief wrap-up video (with subtitles in English), and the “PROCLAIM of the III Congress on the value of the most natural forests for societies’ health and well-being”! Through THIS LINK you can download the “Proclaim of the III Congress […]

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Last call for registrations! Everything ready for the III Congress to be celebrated in Catalonia.

17–Sep, 2019

This past 16th of september we’ve presented the Congress to media at the premises of the Hospital de Sant Pau, a modernist masterpiece. The presentation has counted with the presentation of: Jaume Hidalgo y Colomé. President of Sèlvans Michael Lüdtke. Head of Comunicación of BioCon Valley GmbH, from the federated German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, host […]

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First press presentation of the III International Congress on Forest and its Potential for Health

27–Jul, 2019

Can Jordà (municipality of Santa Pau) hosted, on July 22, the first presentation to the press of the III International Congress on Forest and its Potential for Health that will be held from October 7 to 10, 2019 in Girona and La Garrotxa (Catalonia-Spain). The press conference was attended by a wide variety of personalities, […]

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Early bird registration plus 50 seats at a special discount

16–Jul, 2019

The III International Congress on the Potential of Forests on Health will take place from October 7 to 10 2019 in Girona – La Garrotxa. The purpose of the Congress is to create a meeting space for the knowledge and exchange of experiences from around the world in the use and valorisation of forest ecosystem […]

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Organized by

Associació Sèlvans XCN Universitat de Girona

With the support of:

Generalitat de Catalunya Obra Social Diputació de Girona Diputació Barcelona

In collaboration with:

Universitat de Girona Fundació Caixa d'Enginyers Turisme Garrotxa Turisme Garrotxa Girona Patronat de Turisme de la Costa Brava Ajuntament de Girona Ajuntament d'Olot Ajuntament de Caldes de Malavella Ajuntament de la Vall d'en Bas


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