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    A study on the forest policy for human health and well-being : Focusing on the case of forest welfare policy in Korea
    XV World Forestry Congress, 2-6 May 2022
    2022
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    The purpose of this study is to explore Korea's Forest Policy with respect to the improvement of human health and well-being(So called Forest Welfare). This case study explores the characteristics of forest welfare and divides it into four components, including the history and the laws governing it: 1. Forest Recreation (1-1. The creation of Yumyeongsan natural recreation forests(1980s), 1-2. The revision of the 'Forestry Act' to provide a legal basis for the creation of natural recreational forests(1990), 1-3. The enactment of the 'Forestry Culture and Recreation Act' to provide high-level forest recreational services (2005)), 2. Forest Education (2-1. The enactment of the 'Forest Education Promotion Act' (2011), 2-2. Introduction of the certificate system for Forest Education Experts (2012)), 3. Forest Therapy 3-1. The creation of the Sanum Healing Forest (2009), 3-2. The revision of the 'Forestry Culture and Recreation Act’ for the creation of “Healing Forest” (2010), 3-3. Introduction of the Forest Therapy Instructor system (2011)), 4. Forest Welfare (4-1. The enactment of the ‘Forest Welfare Promotion Act' (2015), 4-2. The establishment of a specialized agency named the Korea Forest Welfare Institute (2016)).
    The Forest Welfare Policy have resulted in great gains in citizen’s entire life cycle: Before Birth, During Infancy, During Childhood and Adolescence, During Youth/Early Adulthood, During Midlife/Mature Adulthood, During Late Adulthood/Old age, and After Death. And the Forest Welfare Institute aims to contribute to the improvement of public health and happiness is constantly developing its mission for both the public and private sectors, and also strengthening scientific R&D. Therefore, this paper imply that the Forest Welfare Policy in Korea is one of the most advanced and future-oriented policies between forests and human. The Forest Welfare Policy will contribute to the development of a more holistic lifestyle. Keywords: Human health and well-being, Policies, One Health, Research, Education ID: 3623173

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