27th - 29th May 2020


More than 20 speakers from all over Iberoamerica and guest countries.

A unique opportunity to learn about current public initiatives, learn from pioneering projects and contribute to the generation of public policies and prepare proposals for action in nature-based health and wellness practices.

Come and be inspired by people passionate about wellness and nature.


There will only be 500 places per session.

Join the call at your earliest convenience to guarantee your spot.

The round tables are offered in Spanish, with the exception of the invited countries, which will be offered in English with Spanish translation.


May 27 - Public Health and Nature Policies

Opening of the Iberoamerican Congress

8am Mexico City and Bogotá | 9am Santiago de Chile | 10am Buenos Aires and Brasília | 2pm Lisbon | 3pm Madrid

Fabiola González Huenchuñir, Manager of Protected Wild Areas of the Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF), Chile.

Alex Gesse, Executive Director of Forest Therapy Institute e Instituto Iberoamericano de Forest Therapy, Spain

Module 1 - Public Policies for the Promotion and Integration of Nature-based Health and Wellbeing Practices.

​In this round table, the panelists will present the current state of public policies for the promotion and integration of comprehensive health and wellness practices based on nature in different countries. As well as a vision on the evolution and adaptation to the future contexts of humanity.

Carlos Mario Tamayo Saldarriaga

Deputy Director of Sustainability and Environmental Business National Natural Parks of Colombia.

Carlos is a Civil Engineer and Magister for the Use of Hydraulic Resources, Faculty of Mines, National University (Medellín). Linked since 2005 to National Natural Parks of Colombia. He has served as Sectoral Environmental Deputy Director in the Technical Administrative Department of the Environment of Bogotá (currently Secretary of the Environment of Bogotá), Manager of the Sectorial Management Unit of the Corporation for the promotion of the Latin American Small Eco-efficient company and Advisor and Coordinator of the Cleaner Production of the Ministry of Environment of Colombia.

Rosa Martínez Ruíz

Conservation Area of the Autonomous Organism National Parks (OAPN), Spain. 

Graduate in Biological Sciences from the Autonomous University of Madrid, and Master in Environmental Education and Complex Systems. Since 1986, she has worked for the Autonomous Organism National Parks (OAPN) dependent on the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge. Rosa works in the Socioeconomic Monitoring of the Areas of Socioeconomic Influence of the National Parks, she coordinates with other colleagues the Permanent Seminar for Public Use that is held annually at CENEAM and different events that have to do with the dissemination of the values of the National Parks Network. Until 2013, her work was carried out in the “Program for the Recovery and Educational Use of Abandoned Villages”, coordinating the Environment Area, in which students from different school levels helped to recover three abandoned towns. Many of the participants are of urban origin and with this program they have the opportunity to enjoy and immerse themselves in a little modified natural environment, living with other young people of the same age and from different areas of Spain.

José Manuel Rebolledo Cáceres

Expert in Community Relations and Shared Value, Chile.

José Manuel Rebolledo Cáceres (married, 1 son), is the current Executive Director of the National Forest Corporation, CONAF. Forest Engineer from the University of Talca. Master’s in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Concepción. Diploma in Strategy and CSR Management. Regional Ministerial Secretary of Agriculture of Biobío between 2010 and 2014, leading management in the application of sectoral policies in the region. 34 years of experience in forestry, agriculture and food industry businesses, working in the forestry area of the Shell group and the Arauco group, including areas of research, innovation, development and operations in forestry. More than 18 years in community relations and shared value, with an emphasis on seeking consensus and conflict resolution, particularly between companies / institutions and the communities in their surroundings, with extensive experience in working with Mapuche, rural and urban communities.

Paulo Castro

Vice President of EUROPARC, European Federation of National and Natural Parks, Portugal.

Paulo is a 62-year-old Portuguese Agricultural Engineer. For the past 10 years I am working in the private sector as Manager/Owner of Ponto Natura, a SME in consultancy for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas and Manager/Co-owner of Moebius Ecotravel, Travel Agency for Nature Tourism. Most of my professional life was in sustainable development in rural areas of NW Portugal in Public Sector in managing positions as Director of the Peneda Gerês National Park (the only NP in Portugal), Director of the Institute of Agrarian Development of the North Region, Director of Planning in Regional Services of the Ministry of Agriculture and as Rural Extension Supervisor.

I am also External auditor for the EUROPARC Diploma: European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (ECST), with audits in 4 countries over 30 parks, with knowledge of public use/sustainable tourism solutions. Consultant for 7 Portuguese ECST.

Module 2 - Towards the resilience of humanity and paradigm shifts society - nature relationship

10am Mexico City and Bogotá | 11am Santiago de Chile | 12pm Buenos Aires and Brasília | 4pm Lisbon | 5pm Madrid

Nature and its fundamental role in health promotion in Ibero-America: a vision of the future about contact with green spaces as a preventative health practice in the current international context.

Marta Pahissa Espluga

Head of Conceptualization and Development of Environmental Projects at DKV Seguros, Technical Secretary of Plant for the Planet, Spain.

Marta Pahissa is an environmentalologist, expert in environmental health and a pioneer in ecological funerals. After more than 10 years, he left the third sector and international cooperation in search of impact from the largecompany. Currently dedicated to innovating to translate the environmental perspective into business solutions in the insurance sector. He has designed ecological home coverage and environmental digital health solutions. Convinced that in nature is the disruptive change we seek. He resides in Barcelona and has a weakness for biomimicry, eco-feminism, sustainable architecture and green design. Ex-Director of Fundación Terra. Bachelor of Environmental Sciences (UAB). MSc Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability (UAB). MS Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communication (UPF).

Alex Gesse Ponce

Executive Director of the Forest Therapy Institute and Instituto Iberoamericano de Forest Therapy, Spain.

Alex is a consultant in Health and Forests, he has collaborated as a specialist consultant in the Expert group on Human Health and Well-being of the FOREST EUROPE, Ministerial Conference. He is a Public Health and Forests advisor for CONAF and the Union of Foresters of Southern Europe (USSE), a European Economic Interest Group (EEIG). His collaboration with USSE included research on the impact of the Forest Bathing on mental health, awarded as "best example cases" by Forest Europe, and presented in Rome, Austria, Spain, Finland and Chile. Forest Bathing Guides and Forest Therapy Professionals Trainer, he has lead trainings in Australia, Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, England, Finland, France, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden and USA .

Alex is the author of "Feeling the Forest: The Shinrin-Yoku Experience (Forest Bath)", Grijalbo, Penguin Random House Editorial Group.

Érika Fernandes-Pinto

Environmental Analyst at the Chico Mendes Institute, Brasil.

Érika has a bachelor's degree in biology, a master's degree in ecology and a doctorate in psychosociology and social ecology. He has been working in the socio-environmental area for more than 20 years, seeking the convergence of nature conservation policies with the rights of indigenous peoples and traditional communities. He is an environmental analyst at the Chico Mendes Institute, a public body for the conservation of biodiversity and the management of protected areas in Brazil, where he coordinates a program aimed at integrating the cultural values of nature. It is part of the International Group of Specialists in Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas, of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (CSVPA / IUCN). She also acts as a researcher and mobilizer of the initiative of Sacred Natural Sites of Brazil and of the group Sacred Natural Sites of Latin America. Wander through haunted places, experience encounters with its magic and the wisdom of its guardians, and write stories about your experiences on the snsbrasil.blogspot.com blog.

Scarlette Letelier Santibañez

Director of the Institute of Sexual & Reproductive Health at Universidad Austral de Chile.

Woman, mother of 4 children, idealistic, simplicity lover, nature and photography, midwife by profession. Master in innovation in university teaching. Currently Director of the Institute of sexual and reproductive health of the Austral University of Chile. Member of the Soft Skills and Life Skills Commission of the School of Obstetrics and Childcare of the Austral University of Chile. Director of the Matria project.

Module 3 - Practical cases for the integration of Inclusive Practices of Social Welfare based on Nature.

12pm Mexico City and Bogotá | 1pm Santiago de Chile | 2pm Buenos Aires and Brasília | 6pm Lisbon | 7pm Madrid

​International initiatives and examples in the integration of health and wellness practices in protected wild areas, natural parks, and other spaces (urban and semi-urban parks) and their relevance to the health, environment and sustainable tourism sectors.

Ángel Custodio Lazo Alvarez

Planning and Social Inclusion in Public Use at the National Forstal Corporation (CONAF), Chile. 

Chilean, married to Verónica Orellana, 5 children, Forest Engineer, has worked in the National Forest Corporation since 1985. Focused on the management of State Protected Wild Areas, in planning, since 1992 with emphasis on the field of public use of Protected areas for ecotourism and universal accessibility and social inclusion for the benefit of visitors with disabilities, reduced mobility and vulnerable segments.

Post degree in Mexico in planning and management of protected wild areas, he has participated in various national and international events. His areas of interest are the conservation of biodiversity, the history of CONAF and Park Rangers, the international training of park ranger personnel, and the Development of Public Use of Protected Areas without social discrimination and also for the benefit of local communities.

Glenda Durán Caro

Cofounder and Executive Director of Fundación ERES, Chile.

Glenda Durán Caro, mother of 6 children, one of them with acquired disability. Teacher. Specialized in Inclusive Education. Master in Educational Policies. Member of the Network of Women and of the network of Social Innovators for Latin America, permanent participant of disability tables of the International Labor Organization and of the community of Solidarity Organizations among others.

Co Founder and Executive Director of the Eres Foundation, whose objective is the inclusion of people with disabilities and their families in participation spaces. Country Chile

Juan Carlos Santa Cruz 

Executive Director of the Colombian Heart Foundation, Colombia.

Juan Carlos Santacruz is the leader of the Responsible Hearts lifestyle program and Coordinator of the Healthy Organizations Certification Program. Social communicator, journalist and political scientist, specialist in communication for health. Business consultant for multinational and national companies in communication strategies, communication coaching and specific actions aimed at preserving the public image. Lecturer and university professor in protocol, communication for health and healthy organizations.

May 28 - Good Practices: Integration of local Communities and Rural Development in health and inclusive tourism.

Module 4 - Good Practices: Biodiversity as an ally in health and well-being

8am Mexico City and Bogotá | 9am Santiago de Chile | 10am Buenos Aires and Brasília | 2pm Lisbon | 3pm Madrid

The relevance of community work associated with health and nature, as well as strategies to establish linkages for sustainable tourist destinations with the health component.

Catherine Dougnac Opitz

Scientific Deputy Director, Wildlife Conservation Society, Chile.

Veterinary Doctor and PhD. in Cs. Veterinary and Livestock, with more than 12 years dedicated both to monitoring wildlife as an indicator of the health of ecosystems, as well as environmental education and working with communities, public and private actors, for the valuation of local biodiversity and effective implementation of conservation. Today she is particularly working in Magellan and the Karukinka Natural Park, in Tierra del Fuego, where the world's southernmost forests exist.

Julieta Valls Iparraguirre

Head of SEO / BirdLife Corporate Alliances, Spain.

She has a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires, with a master's degree in Conservation of Protected Areas from the Polytechnic University of Barcelona. And it is also a Certified Forest Bathing Guide by the Forest Therapy Institute. She declares herself a lover of nature and has dedicated her entire life to the conservation of the environment.

Since 2004, she works at SEO / Birlife, she is currently responsible for SEO / BirdLife Corporate Alliances, where he works to promote new business models that incorporate biodiversity as a strategic value, promote changes in production systems that are environmentally sustainable, and generate new alliances with the private sector for the restoration and conservation of nature, promoting the participation of all citizens through corporate environmental volunteer programs. She is the representative of environmental NGOs in the Spanish Council of Corporate Social Responsibility, and a member of the Business and Biodiversity Working Group of the National Congress of the Environment of Spain. Previously, I worked as an environmental consultant in Argentina for important national and international consultancies.

Anna Carolina Lobo

Head of Oceans and Atlantic Rainforest Programmes of WWF-Brazil and A-Team Member of the Innovation Unit of WWF International, Brasil.

Anna has 14 years of experience with conservation, in both public and private institutions, also covering tourism and public use management of Protected Areas. During the past 7 years in WWF Brazil, she worked with Protected Areas in a mosaic landscape/seascape perspective, aligning sustainable use and conservation efforts, as a tool to promote sustainable territorial development. During this period, Anna helped to build a social movement for the conservation of the Atlantic Forest, through the promotion of outdoor culture and the added value of nature to people´s healthy.
For six years, she worked as Ecotourism Manager at Forest Foundation (Protected Areas Agency of Sao Paulo State Government), and for two years Anna Carolina worked as Institutional Affairs and Project Coordinator of Semeia Institute, bringing together public and private entities to develop management models for National Parks, with a special focus on tourism.  Anna has served as counselor in the following Government´s Boards: Tourism, Environmental and Geological Monuments. Now Anna is board member of Women´s League for the Oceans. She is a Post-Graduated in Environmental Management, has a Bachelor of Tourism Management degree and is the author, co-author and coordinated 12 articles and books on Natural Protected Areas and public use.

Module 5 - "Pueblos originarios" and health associated with nature

10am Mexico City and Bogotá | 11am Santiago de Chile | 12pm Buenos Aires and Brasília | 4pm Lisbon | 5pm Madrid

Knowledge and enhancement of the native peoples' cosmovision for harmony and resilience with nature.

Guido Aguilera Bascur

Head of the National Unit for Indigenous and Social Affairs, National Forest Corporation (CONAF), Chile.

Guido holds a Master in Climate Change and Vegetational Resources, Universidad Mayor, Master in Economics and Regional Management, Austral University, Forest Engineer and Bachelor of Forest Engineering, Universidad Católica de Temuco. He has more than 20 years of experience in indigenous issues through a direct link with the 9 indigenous peoples recognized in Chile. He has participated in the design of public policies, implementation of participation processes and national and local indigenous consultations, the application of models of territorial planning and ordering with a cultural focus, implementation and territorial management of plans and projects in favor of indigenous communities, among others.

He has extensive experience in the application of social and environmental safeguards and indigenous peoples' rights required by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the World Bank and other international entities for the formulation of national REDD + strategies. Participating as a Social Specialist in the formulation and implementation of the National Strategy for Climate Change and Vegetation Resources of Chile (ENCCRV). He was the National Coordinator of the Program for the Integral Development of Indigenous Communities, head of the Natural Resources Management Project with Indigenous Communities and Head of the Forest Development Support Project with Indigenous and non-Indigenous Communities, executed by the Ministry of Agriculture of Chile and the CONAF

Clara Indacochea

Independent Consultant on Sustainability, Indigenous Peoples, Conflicts and Risks, Peru.

Geological Engineer, with Postgraduate Studies in Intercultural Education, Sociocultural Animation and Intercultural Communication. She has more than 25 years working in the Peruvian Amazon.
She is also an Oral Narrator and Ethnic Poet. Connoisseur and disseminator of the extraordinary Amazonian indigenous cultures and their worldviews; Her indigenous roots have allowed her to develop a sensitivity, respect and commitment to make visible the cultures of the Amazonian Peoples of Peru. She has carried out this work in her homeland as in Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, Guatemala, Spain, Portugal and Uruguay. Vice President of the Social Responsibility Committee of ARPEL 2015-2019, Regional Association of Companies in the Oil, Gas and Biofuels Sector in Latin America and the Caribbean). Leader of the ARPEL Indigenous Peoples Working Group. Head of Community Relations of PETROPERÚ 2016-2019. Member of the Board of Directors of PETROPERÚ 2013-2015. Social Responsibility Coordinator PETROPERÚ 2013-2016. Social Responsibility Supervisor 2006-2013. Director of Community Relations of the Ministry of Energy and Mines 2004-2005. Socio-Environmental Advisor of the Ministry of Energy and Mines 1995-2004.

César Marcelo Ancalaf Tragolaf

Social programs Manager, Poet and Mapuche writer, Chile.

Cesar Marcelo Ancalaf Tragolaf, Social Programs Manager, Poet and Mapuche writer. Born in the Mapuche community Weche Ancalaf in the Araucanía region, the current commune of Padre las Casas.
His working life has been developed in the public and private spheres, CONADI, INDAP, the Municipality of Cañete and various private companies linked to the field of forestry consulting stand out among them. Member of the PEFC - Chile board of directors, local expert of the cooperation program for Chile, of the German Service for Technical Social Cooperation (D.E.D.).

With international experience in the field of consulting on Indigenous issues in Peru, Canada, Uruguay and Mexico. Since January 6, 2020, he works as an advisor to the Executive Director of the National Forest Corporation (CONAF).

César Sarasara

He is Awajún, Chief Advisor of the Awajun and Wampis Nation, Naw-Peru.

He belongs to the Awajún Indigenous People. Doctor in Administrative Sciences from the National University of San Marcos-UNMS. He has been President of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of the Peruvian Amazon, Board member of the Research Institute of the Peruvian Amazon, Coordinator of the Research Agreement on knowledge and management of IP medicinal plants of Peru, with the Univ. of Washington -USA, UNMSM, Univ. Privada Cayetano Heredia and Peruvian Amazonian Indigenous Organizations for a period of 5 years. Speaker at the WIPO Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. He has extensive experience in human rights and conflict resolution in indigenous lands.

Module 6 - Sustainable development of ecosystem services such as wellness and health tourism.

12pm Mexico City and Bogotá | 1pm Santiago de Chile | 2pm Buenos Aires and Brasília | 6pm Lisbon | 7pm Madrid

From theory to practice through various, nature-based health and wellness practices as global wellness tourism services.

Carolina González Delgado

Executive Director of the Ecotourism Consulting, Colombia.

Ecologist and Master in Social Policy graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, specialized in the design and execution of sustainable tourism policies, plans and projects, as well as other environmental businesses. She supported National Natural Parks of Colombia for more than 10 years in her ecotourism program in protected areas, leading and training organizations linked to the community ecotourism program, environmental and tourist authorities and ecotourism operators, in planning and ordering ecotourism in protected areas, as well as in the design of tourism products, among other issues.

Editor of the Virtual Ecotourism Bulletins of the Latin American Network of Park Systems, REDPARQUES - Latin America in nature. She is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), and of its groups TAPAS (Tourism and Protected Areas) and well-being

Claudio Vasquez Vasquez

Executive Director of the Instituto Iberoamericano de Forest Therapy, Chile.

Executive Director of the Iberoamerican Institute of Forest Therapy, Chile. Claudio is a pioneer of the Forest Bathing practice in South America. He is executive director of the Iberoamerican Institute of Forest Therapy and Coordinator of the Institute of Chile of the FTI. He is an Advisor to Forest Baths of the Department of Protected Areas of CONAF, Ministry of Agriculture of Chile. Facilitates and develops techniques for connecting with nature to improve the health benefits of employees through natural environments. Develops programs for companies and organizations in stress management, employee well-being and stimulation of creativity and teamwork.

Certified Forest Bathing Guide and Forest Therapy Practitioner by the Forest Therapy Institute. He is also a Forest Consultant, Technician in Risk Prevention and Environment, Engineer in Risk Prevention, Student of Master in Occupational Hygiene, (E) Diploma in Ecotourism.

Marfilda Sandoval

Head of career in Tourism Management Engineering at UTEM, Chile. 

Marfilda Sandoval Hormazabal is a University Technician in Tourism, Commercial Engineer, International Master in Tourism. She has participated in multidisciplinary teams, associated with community development plans, training, adviser to tourism associations, NGOs, work with muleteers, artisanal fishermen, indigenous communities. Currently Head of Engineering in Tourism Management and in charge of the Tourism Competitiveness Program at the Universidad Tecnológica Metropolitana, Santiago de Chile, from which projects associated with local development have materialized.

María Isabel Mosqueira Jara

Communications and Media, Chile.

Maria Isabel Moscuent Jara, Chilean, studied Foreign Trade at the business school of Varejo, Brazil, EENI Global Bussiness School specialized in innovation and new business, MBA in effective communication at the State University of Campinas, Brazil. She was executive director of Aseet Valdivia, association of businesswomen and tourism executives. I work in the cultural tourism project of American capitals, developing together with the cultural corporation and the applicant team a strategic vision about the Los Ríos region as the American capital of culture. I work together with the tourism institute of the Austral University of Valdivia in cultural tourism projects, positioning the image and strategic, commercial and communication advice in the wine destinations of the sixth region, the cooperatives and their products, also positioning the Chilean Patagonia with programs of tourism.

May 29 - Towards a common resilience, discussion workshops for the preparation of the memorandum

Module 7 - Towards the resilience of humanity and paradigm shifts society - nature relationship

Talk in English with Spanish translation

8am Mexico City and Bogotá | 9am Santiago de Chile & Washington | 10am Buenos Aires and Brasília | 2pm Lisbon & Ireland & England | 3pm Madrid & Pretoria

​International initiatives and examples in the integration of health and wellness practices in protected wild areas, natural parks, and other spaces (urban and semi-urban parks) and their relevance to the health, environment and sustainable tourism sectors.

Shirley Gleeson

Executive Director of the Forest Therapy Institute, Ireland.

Shirley lives in Dublin and is the founder of Ecowellness Consulting Ltd. Master Degrees in both Health Promotion and Social Work and has over twenty years of experience working in the areas of health and social care in the public and private sectors. In addition to having become the first Certified Forest Therapy Guide in Europe, she also has extensive postgraduate training in Ecotherapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, counseling, stress management, dialectical behavioral therapy skills, family behavioral therapy, and therapeutic use of mindfulness.

Shirley has presented her Forest Therapy Research and Practice at International Conferences in Ireland, Greece, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Austria and recently addressed the United Nations in Geneva on the subject of forests and human health. She trained as a nature guide with Eco Training in South Africa and has completed an internship in the South African National Parks. Shirley has a deep love and respect for nature, especially trees.

CAPT Sara B. Newman, DrPH, MCP  

Senior Advisor to the Junior Officers Advisory Group (JOAG) CAPT, Director of the Office of Public Health (OPH) principal advisor to the Director and executive leadership of NPS, EEUU

CAPT Newman has been assigned to the National Park Service (NPS) since 2007 and currently serves as the Director of the Office of Public Health (OPH) where she is the principal advisor to the Director and executive leadership of NPS for public health decisions affecting 300 million visitors to 409 parks nationwide. In this position, CAPT Newman also serves as Commanding Officer to all Corps officers (currently 50) assigned to the Department of the Interior (DOI), providing support, guidance and management. As OPH Director, CAPT Newman is the NPS lead public health policy and management expert. Through her outstanding staff, she provides technical expertise to the NPS on food safety, drinking water safety, waste water and communicable diseases, infectious disease surveillance, outbreak response, and health promotion. Previously, with NPS, CAPT Newman served as the Deputy Chief, Office of Risk Management and Program Manager of the Public Risk Management Program, Commissioned Officer include serving as Special Projects Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures in the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness at the Department of Health and Human Services. Before that, she served as Senior Epidemiologist with the Division of Immigration Health Services at the Department of Homeland Security. In her first Corps assignment, as an Ensign, CAPT Newman was a Co-Step with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. CAPT Newman has held multiple leadership roles including Chair of the Board of Directors of the Commissioned Officers Association (COA) of the US Public Health Service, Chair of the Scientist Category, Command Staff on the PHS2 Rapid Deployment Team, co-founder and Chair of the Commissioned Corps Epidemiology Interest Group, and Chair of the Injury Section of the American Public Health Association. CAPT Newman earned her doctoral degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) focusing in epidemiology and social and behavioral sciences. Prior to this, she earned her Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kevin Moore

General Manager of the Visitor Services with the South African National Parks.

Kevin Moore has twenty nine years’ experience in biodiversity conservation management. He is also highly qualified in conservation and holds a Diploma in Conservation, a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Industrial Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Protected Area Management. The title of his M thesis was “Exploring communication of the elephant management plan of South African National Parks”. He has worked in nineteen national parks across the country and as such has a clear understanding of the day-to-day management of protected areas as well as the intricacies of working with neighbouring communities. He holds the highest level in Field Guiding and has used this to train students and volunteers. He also has a certificate in Intuitive Nature Guiding. He is currently General Manager of Visitor Services for SANParks Tourism Division, based at Head Office in Pretoria. This includes, visitor management, interpretation, tourism research, content management, avi-tourism and universal access.

Modulo 8 - Discussion Rooms

10am Mexico City and Bogotá | 11am Santiago de Chile | 12pm Buenos Aires and Brasília | 4pm Lisbon | 5pm Madrid

Participants will be divided into four groups to facilitate discussion of specific topics. A facilitator will streamline the session which will aim to prepare a summary document on the next steps for the following topics

  • Inclusive public policies for health associated with nature.
  • Tourism wellness and health services based on sustainability.
  • Synergies: Iberoamerican Collaboration Network.
  • Integration of nature-based health and wellness practices into health systems

Module 9 - Plenary: conclusions for the preparation of the declaration of the Ibero-American Congress

12pm Mexico City and Bogotá | 1pm Santiago de Chile | 2pm Buenos Aires and Brasília | 6pm Lisbon | 7pm Madrid

​The facilitators will present the conclusions of each of the topics discussed that will serve as the basis for the "Memorandum" or Declaration of the congress.

Closing of the Congress and final declarations.

Fabiola González Huenchuñir, Manager of Protected Wild Areas of the Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF), Chile.

Shirley Gleeson, Executive Director of Forest Therapy Institute, Ireland. 

Alex Gesse, Executive Director of Forest Therapy Institute e Instituto Iberoamericano de Forest Therapy, Spain

Claudio M. Vasquez, Executive Director Instituto Iberoamericano de Forest Therapy, Chile


  • Contribute to the generation of public health policies, plans, programs and projects of the institutions responsible for the administration of public and private protected areas and in the management of urban and semi-urban parks. 
  • Prepare proposals for action to be developed by various governmental and non-governmental entities.
  • Contribute to the management of knowledge and experience accumulated by public and private organizations that work on the development of the Forest Bathing Practice. 
  • Guide the celebration of the 2nd Iberoamerican Congress on nature-based health and wellness practices. 


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