A CURE AND HEALING FOREST OF GOČ MOUNTAIN – A NEW APPROACH TO HEALTH TOURISM IN SERBIA

  • Marina Vukin University of Belgrade Faculty of Forestry, Belgrade
  • Gorana Isailović Primarius Medical doctor, Health College Belgrade Serbia, President of Medical SPA association of Serbia, Belgrade
Keywords: Cure and Healing Forest, Goč Mountain

Abstract

Forest medicine is a type of healthcare movement which caused a real sensation within alternative therapeutic procedures. The concept of forest therapy is based on numerous health benefits that forests provide and the inherent capacity of organisms to be healed (’vis medicatrix naturae’). The research area belongs to the forest complex above the largest spa resort in Serbia, Vrnjačka Banja, and includes the management unit of ’Goč-Stanišinci’ on Goč Mountain. This 30 ha area can be potentially turned into a type of therapeutic forest - 'Cure and Healing Forest'. We determined the site environmental conditions, conducted the site qualification, defined the basic elements of stand structure and assessed the health potential of the research area. Two footpaths and other specific forest amenities were designed. The results of the research point to favorable environmental factors, exceptional natural values and health effects of the investigated site. Finally, the paper presents the possibilities of the projected therapeutic forest as part of a tourism product in the field of health tourism and special interest tourism in Serbia.

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Published
2018-06-02
How to Cite
Vukin, M., & Isailović, G. (2018). A CURE AND HEALING FOREST OF GOČ MOUNTAIN – A NEW APPROACH TO HEALTH TOURISM IN SERBIA. Tourism International Scientific Conference Vrnjačka Banja - TISC, 3(2), 732-749. Retrieved from http://www.tisc.rs/proceedings/index.php/hitmc/article/view/85