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It is paramount for ANFTA and its members to be involved in an ongoing professional dialogue with key stakeholders operating in the area of Public health, such as politicians, administrators, health specialists, the research community, organizations and companies both nationally and internationally.

A Letter of Intent has, for example, been signed between the Chair for Public Health and Health Services Research, Institute for Medical Information Processing, Biometry and Epidemiology, Ludwig-Maximilian University (LMU), Munich/Germany, and ANFTA. The LMU, founded in 1472, is one of the very few ‘excellence universities’ obtaining particular funding from the Federal German Government for its advanced research, tuition and industry collaboration.

This cooperation entails the common perspective to develop an international standard for Certified Forest Therapy Guides. It involves designing an international core curriculum, teaching and learning material and the training of suitable lecturers in Forest Therapy in advance for a joint training of Forest Therapy Guides in 2018.