Regional Revitalization and Forest Therapy in Hsinchu County-A Case Study of Dashanbei and Paskwaran Tribe
研究生： 楊立宏 Yang,Lee-Hung
Taiwan is now facing serious problems, such as population aging and declining birth rate. Worse still, the problem of people moving out of local townships is becoming more and more serious. These people mainly flooded into some big cities, making urban and rural development increasingly unbalanced. In order to alleviate these problems, promoting regional revitalization has been the development focus of many local townships in recent years. Many mountain villages in Taiwan suffer from the above-mentioned development crisis and are being classified as priority areas for promoting regional revitalization. Using local resources to promote regional revitalization has become the development direction in many mountain villages.
On the other hand, the pressure of life and work in city pushes people to find a way to relieve the stress. Many people choose to step out of the city and relax themselves in the forest, for the forest always has a healing effect. In the past, many studies have confirmed that forest therapy can promote human health. Besides, forest therapy can also improve social well-being. Many mountain villages in Japan have used forest therapy to revitalize and recreate local areas, and they all enjoy positive results. Taiwan, like Japan, is rich in forest resources, and the country is currently developing forest therapy. However, whether forest therapy can help these mountain villages with abundant forest resources promote regional revitalization still lacks relevant research in Taiwan.
Therefore, this study selected two mountain villages, Dashanbei, Hengshan Township, Hsinchu County, and Paskwaran Tribe, Wufeng Township, as the area for study. By means of participant observation, in-depth interviews and SWOT analysis, we analyzed the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the development of the two mountain villages, and finally proposed strategies. At the same time, based on the results of the interview, the study also discussed the residents’ attitudes toward forest therapy and regional revitalization. What’s more, according to this, we put forward relevant suggestions in reference to the future promotion of forest therapy and regional revitalization in Taiwan.