Projects

1. The Sustainable Development of Forest Therapy in China

Project team: 

Dr. Guangyu Wang

Jin Wang, visiting scholar, Ph.D. student

This project includes a comprehensive literature review for sustainable development of forest therapy in China. The five principal objectives of this project include:  i) a literature review that forest therapy definition and its development history based on different backgrounds, the current research status of forest therapy, including empirical research and health care effects, the development models of forest therapy, and its management policy, ii) to build a theoretical framework for forest therapy, including medicine, forest, public involvement, public health, and socio-economics, iii) analysis of influencing factors of forest therapy and build models, iv) collect international forest therapy case studies, compare the similarities and differences between the culture, history, and policies of international forest therapy industry, so that China can learn from them, v) to summarize the status of forest therapy in China, recommendations on policy framework, industry management, service design and marketing strategy to achieve sustainable development in forest therapy of China.

 

2. Assessing the contribution of tangible ecosystem services to local community well-being

Project team: 

Dr. Guangyu Wang

Lin Han, Ph.D. student

This project is about exploring the ecosystem service of forests for the local community in Vancouver. There are three aspects of this research, including: i) forest therapy, ii) water balance, and iii) forest carbon project. The main purpose of our research is to assess the ecosystem services at the community level, including recreation opportunity, aesthetic enjoyment, relaxing environment, fresh air and water. This specific study is to explore the physiological and psychological impacts of forest therapy (bathing) on human health.

 

3. Forest Therapy and Recreation 

Project team: 

Dr. Guangyu Wang

Qiuning Lyu

This project focuses on different forest therapy activities for local communities. Many activities can be included in the forest therapy, such as outdoor nature education to know forest resources and forest ecosystem, aiming at satisfying the desire for knowledge and improving spiritual and cultural needs. This project is to investigate the impacts of forest therapy activities on participants’ psychological and psychological health.

 

4. The psychological and physiological effect of Forest Therapy

Project Team:

Dr. Guangyu Wang

Siying Huang, visiting Ph.D. student

This project subjects participated in field experiments with a few different lengths of time (from hours to days). Psychological and physiological responses to the forest environmental stimuli were measured in real settings, fatigue, mental stress, psychological and mental load, blood pressure, and heart rate were used as indices. The results of each indicator were compared by different periods and so as before and after. The objective of this study is to use within-group comparisons to examine the psychological and physiological effects of exposure to real forest environments. To provide scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of forest therapy by investigating its psychological and physiological benefits using biological indicators in outdoor settings, hopefully, to offer activity suggestions for guides and relevant organizations and come up with a scientific guideline for forest therapy field.