Embracing Forest Therapy as a New Approach to Ecology, Livelihoods and Production

Yen-Shau Lin
Publié: 19 juillet 2023
Dernière modification: 19 juillet 2023
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The Fuxing Nanhe Leisure Agricultural Area (Miaoli County, Taiwan) is well-known for its historical trails, leisure farms, and unique guesthouses. In 2011, the Miaoli County Lohas Tongxiao Leisure Agriculture Development Association was formed to promote slow travel itineraries through food and farming education and experiential activities. In recent years, the industry has faced the challenge of economic stagnation. Since 2019, there has been collaboration among the industry, government, academia, and research institutions to document the cultural, historical, landscape, and ecological aspects of ancient trails in the area. In 2022, to further advance these efforts, community development centered around forest therapy and relevant community-based activities. Its goal is to foster sustainable local livelihoods where nature and the Fuhe community coexist and thrive together.


Asie de l'Est
Ampleur de la mise en œuvre
Écosystème agricole
Acteurs locaux
Gestion des espèces
L'intégration de la biodiversité
One Health
Santé et bien-être humain
Services écosystèmiques
Conservation des espèces et interventions axées sur l’approche « Une seule santé »
Évaluation du statut de l'espèce
Surveillance des espèces et recherche
Gestion intensive des espèces (in situ ou ex situ)
Planification de la conservation des espèces
Communication des risques, engagement communautaire et changement de comportement
Mécanisme de coordination One Health
Une seule santé
Lien entre la biodiversité et la santé
Manque d'autres possibilités de revenu
Changements dans le contexte socio-culturel
Objectifs de développement durable
ODD 3 - Bonne santé et bien-être
ODD 8 - Travail décent er croissance économique
ODD 15 - Vie terrestre
ODD 17 - Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
Objectifs d’Aichi
Objectif 1: Sensibilisation accrue de la biodiversité
Objectif 2: Valeurs de la biodiversité intégrées
Objectif 7: Agriculture, aquaculture et sylviculture durable
Objectif 14: Services des écosystèmes
Objectif 19: Partage de l'information et de la connaissance


Tongxiao Township, Miaoli County, Taiwan


The Miaoli County Lohas Tongxiao Leisure Agriculture Development Association has been documenting the cultural, historical, landscape, and ecological resources of the surrounding trails since 2019. They have conducted surveys on nearly 150 butterfly species, 18 endemic bird species, and over 300 wild plant species. They have also planned the creation of butterfly habitats by establishing nectar sources and host plants. Through regular ecological surveys, they have engaged over 20 ecological survey volunteers, 18 community tour guides, and 5 certified forest therapy instructors. Starting from 2022, they have adopted forest therapy as a strategy to upgrade the community industry. Collaborating with travel agencies, they have launched “Forest Therapy” itineraries, organized a total of 24 events within a year and guided over 400 people to experience forest healing journeys. This has led to over 30% economic growth in the local industry and has also promoted conservation awareness among local residents, reducing conventional farming practices. The association aims to develop a “Satoyama Lohas village,” promote self-healing and provide high-quality forest therapy services, while practicing a holistic lifestyle that integrates ecology, livelihoods and production.

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Li-Chuan Weng Forestry and Nature Conservation Agency