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Therapeutic Parks in Natural Protected Areas in Umbria Region/Italy
Journal Title: TERRITORIO 
Author/s: Chiara Camaioni, Rosalba D’Onofrio, Ilenia Pierantoni, Massimo Sargolini 
Year:  2017 Issue: 82 Language: English 
Pages:  9 Pg. 140-148 FullText PDF:  430 KB
DOI:  10.3280/TR2017-082024
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Several Italian initiatives are aimed at recasting the central, strategic role of parks and natural protected areas. However, there is a lack of concrete proposals to assign new roles for these areas, which should be adapted to the new sensitivities of a changing society without losing sight of their calling. This article deals with the Umbria Region’s Therapeutic Parks initiative, which combines improvement of Umbria’s most important natural parks with forest-therapy and ecotherapy. This experimental project has positive outcomes in terms of mental and physical health, but also for very good social, ethic and economic prospects. The challenge is to strongly relaunch the key role of natural parks and protected areas, supporting both the achievement of their primary goals’ and their further contribution to the cultural, social and economic development of the contemporary world
Keywords: Health and well-being; natural parks; economic development

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Chiara Camaioni, Rosalba D’Onofrio, Ilenia Pierantoni, Massimo Sargolini, in "TERRITORIO" 82/2017, pp. 140-148, DOI:10.3280/TR2017-082024


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