Using its INCREAte approach for the integrated conservation of culture and nature, MedINA was key in both expanding the trails network and highlighting the natural and cultural heritage of Kythera. Through extensive fieldwork, we recorded 417 points of interest (POIs) of cultural & natural heritage and their interrelations We carried out an ethnographic study to save local knowledge for storytelling along the trails.
59 face-to-face, in-depth, semi-structured individual interviews were conducted with 46 locals, who lived at a time when trails were still the main road network on the island. This led to the creation of a ‘knowledge base’ for Kythera Trails.
The next step was processing all this information. To assess the links between the identified elements of nature and culture, MedINA’s IMNC web toolkit was used. At the same time, we transcribed and analysed the ethnographic interviews. Lastly, we enriched the material with bibliographic reviews. All this work resulted in the creation of narratives for all trails and POIs in order to facilitate interactive storytelling while hiking via the app.