Effective factors of natural healing resources forest and water

Tourism runs through numerous areas of life, society, and the economy, especially in rural regions, making it one of the most significant cross-border driving forces for Bavaria and Austria. Spa towns and health resorts are central elements of tourism and have been catalysts for regional economic, social, and tourist development for centuries.

Sustainable value chains have emerged around natural resources, shaping both culture and economy to this day. Building upon this tradition and economic strength, the project investigates the natural healing resources of forests and water (abbreviated as WiWa2), exploring new evidence-based approaches to the impact of natural environments on the health and quality of life of the general population and specific patient populations.

Project details


Factors of effectiveness of natural healing resources forest and water for enhancing health and quality of life as a touristic contribution to sustainable habitat development. (BA0100027)


01.01.2023 – 31.12.2025


EU-Interreg Austria-Bavaria

Funding amount

875.000 Euro

Project partners
  • Lead: Paracelsus Medizinische Universität Salzburg – Institute for Ecomedicine (AT)
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – Lehrstuhl für Public Health und Versorgungsforschung(DE)
  • Innovation Salzburg GmbH (AT)
  • Kur- und Tourismusverband Bad Hofgastein (AT)
  • Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bayern Süd – REHAFACHZENTRUM Bad Füssing – Passau (DE)
Project objectives
  • Potential maps for the valorization of natural healing resources to enhance the quality of life for locals and visitors
  • Guidelines for sustainable habitat development through nature-based health tourism
  • Sustainability strategy for hospitals, tourism, and communities to create resilient and diversified offerings in the healthcare sector at the local level

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