Law & History
Forest Welfare Laws
2015. 03. 27Enactment of the Forest Welfare Promotion Act
Korea established the fifth basic forest plan in 2007 and began to materialize the concept of forest welfare by presenting a policy vision of "realizing a sustainable green welfare state" to improve the quality of life of the people through forests. In addition to existing forest culture and recreation, the scope of forest welfare activities has been expanded, such as revitalizing forest education and institutionalizing healing forests. Since then, the concept of "forest welfare by life cycle" was presented in 2011, focusing on providing timely forest welfare services that can be utilized from the beginnings and to the ends of life.
Following the announcement of the "Forest Welfare Comprehensive Plan" in 2013, "the Forest Welfare Promotion Act" was enacted in 2016. This new act was put in place in order to promote public health through forest therapy, enhance educational effects, and provide customized forest welfare services by life cycle through forest welfare complexes.
2011. 07. 25Enactment of the Forest Education Promotion Act
In order to effectively protect and foster forests, the public needs to be informed and educated of the value and importance of them. In response, the Forest Education Promotion Act was enacted in 2011 to establish standards and systems for forest education, forest education experts, and forest education facilities so that they can be systematically activated and supported.
2005. 08. 04Enactment of the Forestry Culture and Recreation Act
As interest in forests as an activity space for culture and recreation grew, the Korea Forest Service established a Comprehensive Plan for Forest Recreation and Culture Promotion in 2003 to provide high-quality forest recreation services to the public. Later, on August 4, 2005, the Forest Culture and Leisure Act was enacted to establish an independent legal system to promote forest recreation policies.
This Act was enacted to make use of forests as a natural learning space and to purify, as a space for learning nature and soothing emotions, and to improve the quality of people's lives by facilitating the safety and convenience for forest users through the establishment of eco-friendly recreation facilities.
History of FoWI
- April 18, 2016 : Established the Korea Forest Welfare Institute Launched the National Center for Forest Education, Hoengseong, Chilgok and Jangseong
- October 18, 2016 : Launched the National Center for Forest Therapy
- January 1, 2017 : Launched the National Hanulsoop Forest Memorial Park operation
- February 2, 2017 : Designated as a public institution (other public institutions)
- April 3, 2017 : Launched the National Center for Forest Therapy, Daegwallyeong operation
- May 18, 2017 : Launched the National Center for Forest Therapy, Yangpyeong operation
- February 6, 2018 : Designated as a quasi-governmental institution
- February 9, 2018 : Launched the National Center for Forest Therapy, Daeunsan operation
- November 13, 2018 : Opened the National Center for Forest Education, Cheongdo
- October 17, 2019 : Opened the National Center for Forest Education, Daejeon operation
- June 1, 2019 : Launched the National Center for Forest Therapy, Gimcheon operation
- July 5, 2019 : Launched the National Center for Forest Therapy, Yesan operation
- August 22, 2019 : Launched the National Center for Forest Therapy, Jechen operation
- October 1, 2019 : Launched the National Center for Forest Therapy, Gokseong operation
- November 12, 2020 : Opened the National Center for Forest Education, Naju
- January 6, 2021 : Opened the Forest Welfare Research Center
- May 12, 2021 : Opened the National Center for Forest Education, Chuncheon