Korean Delegation Visits Findhorn

13 July 2007

A delegation of 12 Korean officials has been visiting Findhorn Ecovillage to see best practice in action and research sustainability issues.

The visit, hosted by CIFAL Findhorn, was part of a fact finding mission by a delegation from different departments of Korea’s central, regional and local government.

korean.jpgThe purpose of the visit was to exchange experiences on sustainable growth and socio-economic development in less advantaged rural areas.

Delegation head and Director at the Department of Agricultural Economy, Kim Eun Mi, explained that the Korean government is very interested in developing sustainable regional practices.

“We came to Findhorn to learn from the successful elements of its integrated sustainable practices in order to adapt them to the ecovillages we are establishing in Korea.”

May East, CEO for CIFAL Findhorn, explained: “The Korean government currently supports the existence of 600 ‘theme’ villages, which strengthen the traditional identity of the villages, while bringing new sources of income. They are implementing an effective programme that combines the revitalisation of rural economies with the empowerment of local communities, which can be replicated in many parts of the globe.”

The group listened to presentations from the CIFAL Findhorn faculty, Scottish Agricultural College and Moray Council, and enjoyed a whisky tasting session courtesy of the Glen Moray distillery.

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