Forest Welfare R&D
The Therapy Effect Analysis Center was established in the National Center for Forest Therapy(Yeongju) in January 2018 with the purpose of presenting the scientific basis of the forest welfare project and contributing to the promotion of forest welfare by establishing a database on effects of forest therapy.
In January 2021, it was reorganized into the Forest Welfare Research and Development Center, with the aim of upgrading research functions to achieve scientific research-based forest welfare. The Forest Welfare R&D Center focuses on the following three projects.
Forest Welfare Effect Analysis
This Center measures and verifies the psychological effectiveness of the forest welfare program and performs analysis to upgrade the program. Also, it collects the underlying data to improve the performance of forest welfare programs and support consulting. Finally, it aims to improve the quality of forest welfare services by conducting multi-disciplinary research on forest welfare such as surveys and research on the amount of exercise performed on forest paths.
Forest Therapy Resources Survey
Forest Therapy Resources refer to various elements of nature such as scent and landscape, which enhance immunity and improve health. The Center investigates and researches forest therapy resources in domestic forest welfare complexes, discovers new therapy resources, and identifies healing mechanisms as well as increasing their value. Also, based on scientific data, the Center uses information gathered on the positive effects of forest therapy resources to create a foundation that can increase the demand for forest welfare and industrialization in the private sector.
Forest Therapy Food Research
Therapy food is a concept that nature-friendly food can improve health conditions and can meet physical as well as emotional needs. By using forest products grown in therapeutic forest ecological gardens, the Center aims to spread healthy food culture through therapy food research that develops foods and diets which help prevent diseases and strengthen immunity. It also promotes regional co-prosperity by contributing to the income growth of forestry workers who grow related forest products.