The present article throws light on both the functions assigned to the forests in Switzerland and the connection between forests and human health and well-being. On the basis of the review study by GASSER & KAUFMANN-HAYOZ (2005), we then illustrate in which scientific fields, research, initiatives and projects exist. This overview shows that forests in Switzerland are considered to have important health-promoting influences. It also becomes evident that more intensive research into the connection between forests and human health would be worthwhile.

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