THE HEALING FORCE OF LANDSCAPES
At the occasion of Healing Landscape Day of the Dutch Landscape Triennale 2021, 29 April 2021, the international seminar “Green Destinations – Healthy Destinations – the healing force of landscapes” will be organized, highlighting examples of ‘healing landscapes’ in Europe.
The corona crisis presents profound consequences to healthcare as well as to leisure & tourism, both in the short and long term. Health and green quality are increasingly important in the choices we make. More and more regions wish to distinguish themselves as “healthy” and as “healing landscapes” with the pillars: health, care, nature and landscape and quality tourism.
Several regions in Europe and elsewhere in the world profile or distinguish themselves with a mix of attractive and impressive landscapes, spas and other places of relaxation. They are so-called “therapeutic landscapes”. ‘GesundLand Vulkaneifel’ in Germany is a good example of a therapeutic landscape. The relationship between landscape, nature and health is central to the tourist promotion of the Vulkaneifel.
Also in the UK, France, Sweden and other countries, a lot of knowledge and experience exists on the healing effect of landscapes, also in an urban setting. The London National Park City is a case in point.
In this seminar we want to define the “green & healthy landscapes”, get a better picture, learn from practice, and connect “green & healthy landscapes” in a practical European learning network of “Green & Healthy Regions”, related to nature, health, and tourism.
From an international perspective, we will take a specific look into the potential of the Van Gogh National Park in the province of North-Brabant in the Netherlands as a ‘green and healthy region’, potentially a healing landscape of international allure. And – linked to this – the further development of the care economy and of healthcare tourism around the world and in this region. Attention will be paid to the way in which Vincent van Gogh viewed the healing effect of landscapes.
During the seminar, a few initiators of places of inspiration, on health (care) and nature, will be interviewed “on location” in the Van Gogh National Park.
The expected results of the international seminar include:
- Kick-off of the project “Connecting healing landscapes in Europe”.
- Steps towards a European network of healing regions, for knowledge exchange, profiling and research.
- Recommendations for positioning Van Gogh National Park as an international healing landscape, in which nature, leisure, health, care and art are interwoven, also helping to create a green business model for the region.
|Setting the scene|
|14:00 Opening by seminar chair, prof. dr. André van der Zande, vice-president, Nature For Health|
|14:10 Keynote address by the Executive Secretary of the European Landscape Convention, Maguelonne Déjeant-Pons, Head Landscape, Environment, Major Hazards Division, Council of Europe|
|14:20 Trailer ‘Becoming Vincent” – introduced by Frank van der Eijnden, director operations of Van Gogh National Park and Director of Van Gogh Sites Foundation|
|14:30 The importance of health and nature in the recovery of leisure and tourism, by
drs. Albert Salman, president Green Destinations, and drs. Rob Wolters, Executive Nature For Health
|14:40 The London National Park City, United Kingdom, Daniel Raven-Ellison, Guerrilla Geographer & National Geographic Explorer – former campaign leader of the London NP City
|14:50 Gesundland Vulkaneifel, Germany, presented by Valerie Schneider, press & marketing|
|Aspects of healing landscapes, green and healthy destinations|
|15:10 Identifying, defining and connecting healing landscapes in Europe, by Dr. Karolina Doughty & Huixin Hu, Wageningen University & Research|
|15:25 Health ‘boost up’ in pure air & pure nature Green Destination Ameland, by prof. dr. Kees van der Ploeg, president of the board of the Cooperation Bloom Healthy Life & CMC Change Agents|
Van Gogh National Park – towards a healing landscape of international allure
|15:35 Video and introduction by drs. Yvo Kortmann, president of Van Gogh National Park & Landscape Triennale 2021|
|15:45 Interviews of people in places of inspiration on health (care) & nature, “on location” in Van Gogh National Park, followed by an exchange of views|
|16.15 Closing keynote speech: The vision of the Province of Noord-Brabant, member of the Provincial Government, regional minister Elies Lemkes|
|16:25 Conclusions & recommendations by seminar chair prof dr. André van der Zande|
|16:30 Closing of seminar|