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Cittaslow's economic benefits seen in South Korea

Farmers sell their products on South Korea’s Slow Road.  - courtesy Lori Iannidinardo
Farmers sell their products on South Korea’s Slow Road.
— image credit: courtesy Lori Iannidinardo

Preserving and harvesting coastal waters is a tangible goal Cowichan Bay Director Lori Iannidinardo has set after visiting South Korea's Cittaslow conference last month.

"In Korea, you're just shocked," she said of edible-seaweed farming and more she viewed on Wando Island during her April 20 to 27 working sojourn to represent the bay.

The global Cittaslow — or slow community — movement, toasts character towns drawing tourists and locals with food, festivals, heritage, art and more.

"There were 10 waterfront Cittalsow communities in Wando, and we addressed issues to do with the ocean."

Sewage pollution, over fishing, population growth and more were discussed between Iannidinardo and her colleagues from Finland, Norway, Italy, England, South Africa, Turkey, Australia, and elsewhere.

Her flight was paid by Wando; Iannidinardo paid for her husband to attend.

Iannidinardo's local homework to revive the bay's environment included a recent tour of Deep Bay's VIU campus marine station where sewage treatment, over fishing and plastic pollution were discussed.

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