1st International Forestry & Nature Tourism E-Congress, Kastamonu, Türkiye, 25 - 27 Kasım 2020, ss.175-194
Aim of the study: The study aims to reveal the content of forest bathing, which is also recognized as an
ecotourism activity, to evaluate the application areas in the world and to make suggestions for the locations
where forest bathing sessions can be performed in Turkey.
Area of study: Certified and non-certified routes and bases where forest bathing is applied worldwide
will be examined.
Material and methods: The first stage of the study consists of determining where forest bathing
and forest therapy are applied. Then, literature and internet research was done, and studies conducted within
Turkey and abroad were examined. After obtaining sufficient information, the analysis phase started. It has
been investigated and tried to present forest bathing activities to determine the current uses worldwide.
Also, meetings were held with Turkey's first certified forest therapist.
Main results: The forest areas where the health effects of forest therapy are determined, and the general
characteristics of these forests were revealed. Recommendations were made for the forest areas in Turkey
to gain and maintain trail designation for forest bathing.
Highlights: Forest therapy, which is considered preventive medicine, is expected to be approved by
the World Health Organization (WHO). Turkey will have a significant role in this context with the forest
resources that it has. In this regard, planning studies to be carried out in cooperation with the major countries
will increase Turkey's forest resources' value.