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Green Space and Forest Recreation Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Goal: The year 2021 is soon coming to an end, and at this point in time, the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed over 5.2 million lives and caused over 266.2 million infections globally. These occurrences have left many people worldwide with socioeconomic, mental, and psychological welfare issues. The constant lockdowns, though necessary, have also compounded the already bad situation and increased rates of mental health issues. Humanistic forest ecosystem services play a paramount role in reducing stress if utilized or accessed by people in need. Forests and urban parks offer recreational services necessary for the mental and physical welfare of the visiting persons. Understanding the value of forest ecosystems and nature for people's welfare is currently more necessary than it has ever been before. Therefore, emphasizing the role of urban nature and forest recreation services during epidemiological situations and lockdown stress is very important for both research and policy and decision makers. Related challenges regarding the pandemic are also essential to investigate, requiring practical solutions.
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Dastan Bamwesigye
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Dear Colleagues, The year 2021 is soon coming to an end, and at this point in time, the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed over 5.2 million lives and caused over 266.2 million infections globally. These occurrences have left many people worldwide with socioeconomic, mental, and psychological welfare issues. The constant lockdowns, though necessary, have also compounded the already bad situation and increased rates of mental health issues. Humanistic forest ecosystem services play a paramount role in reducing stress if utilized or accessed by people in need. Forests and urban parks offer recreational services necessary for the mental and physical welfare of the visiting persons. Understanding the value of forest ecosystems and nature for people's welfare is currently more necessary than it has ever been before. Therefore, emphasizing the role of urban nature and forest recreation services during epidemiological situations and lockdown stress is very important for both research and policy and decision makers. Related challenges regarding the pandemic are also essential to investigate, requiring practical solutions. Original research articles, case studies, communications, comprehensive reviews, and any other submissions relating to the Special Issue theme are welcomed. Topics of research and studies will cover but are not limited to: The role of urban nature and forest recreation on people’s physical, economic, social, and mental welfare and medical measures; Rules and policy decision making amid a pandemic; Urban planning during the COVID-19 pandemic; Stress management during COVID-19; The impact of COVID-19 on nature/forests; Challenges and opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Dastan Bamwesigye Guest Editor https://www.mdpi.com/journal/challenges/special_issues/COVID_Stress_Nature?utm_campaign=releaseissue_challengesutm_medium=emailutm_source=releaseissueutm_term=silink2
Dastan Bamwesigye
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The year 2021 is soon coming to an end, and at this point in time, the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed over 5.2 million lives and caused over 266.2 million infections globally. These occurrences have left many people worldwide with socioeconomic, mental, and psychological welfare issues. The constant lockdowns, though necessary, have also compounded the already bad situation and increased rates of mental health issues. Humanistic forest ecosystem services play a paramount role in reducing stress if utilized or accessed by people in need. Forests and urban parks offer recreational services necessary for the mental and physical welfare of the visiting persons. Understanding the value of forest ecosystems and nature for people's welfare is currently more necessary than it has ever been before. Therefore, emphasizing the role of urban nature and forest recreation services during epidemiological situations and lockdown stress is very important for both research and policy and decision makers. Related challenges regarding the pandemic are also essential to investigate, requiring practical solutions.