New Trends in Ecotourism: Forest Bathing/Forest Therapy in the World and Turkey

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Gürbey A. P.

1st International Forestry & Nature Tourism E-Congress, Kastamonu, Türkiye, 25 - 27 Kasım 2020, ss.175-194

  • Yayın Türü: Bildiri / Tam Metin Bildiri
  • Basıldığı Şehir: Kastamonu
  • Basıldığı Ülke: Türkiye
  • Sayfa Sayıları: 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.