I4WALKer was aimed to assist in the improvement and enhancement of the infrastructure and information services for walkers in 3 island areas, Crete, Chios and Cyprus. The project idea was based on the need to capitalize the investments already implemented 3 areas years ago (before 2001) which used to play a major role in the development of alternative tourism in the program area.
I4WALKer contributed to the implementation of 5 design studies for the construction and improvement of infrastructure and information services in 5 networks of natural and cultural heritage trails (Lasithi, Chios, Akamas, Troodos, and Kavo Greco). Moreover, the project contributed to the recovery, restoration and rehabilitation of the destroyed trails in Chios after the big fire in the island in August 2012. The project affected the improvement of four (4) trails in Cyprus (Persefoni 3.0km, Kalidonia 3.0km, Akamas 7.5km and Cavo Greco 4.8km, as well as its extension with a new part) and another extension in trails in Greece, Crete (Kato Zakros – Karoumes 5.5 klm, Karoumes – Chochlakies 3.5 klm).
Specific Targets of i4WALKer were:
• protection and enhancement of the natural and cultural environment
• strengthening the infrastructure supporting the development of alternative tourism
• improve the experience of visitors
• ensure easy access
• increase traffic routes
• extend the tourist season
• ensure the timelessness of investments