Seminar Green Destinations

donderdag 29 april 2021
14:00 –
16:30 uur
Online seminar “Green – Healthy Destinations – 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.

Seminar Programme

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
Inspirational examples
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
15:00 Break
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